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Description from Smoky Rose: for my sweet Aunt, who lost her daughter to breast cancer. Every single day, my aunt has worn a pink ribbon, an angel, or something pink - even if it is her slip, and she is the only one who knows - this, in her daughter's memory and honor. While it has been 15 years now, since my cousin's passing, there is a sadness in my sweet, sweet, favorite aunt's beautiful blue eyes - I would like to make something along these lines for her... She is the best. She is highly educated, but down to Earth. She is strong, but soft and warm. She has great style (and is who taught me the joy of a great purse), but has no pretense. I love her dearly.


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  1. Valentine Chick
    Valentine Chick says:

    How Beautiful! What a touching story too.

  2. Smoky Rose
    Smoky Rose says:

    Thank you – see is a wonderful lady – and I am blessed to have her in my life! She has given so much of herself to me. Here’s to give you an idea… years ago, when Jackie Kennedy passed, my brother and I were watching a show on her – and looked at eachother and said, you know who that reminds me of?…. my aunt, yup, my classy, elegant, wonderful aunt.

  3. Valentine Chick
    Valentine Chick says:


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    Dizzy Chick Lori Z says:

    O, Smoky, what a touching story & dedication. This will be a treasure to your aunt if you do get to make it. The colors are soft, but strong too. The love really shines in this.

  5. Smoky Rose
    Smoky Rose says:

    oooh, thank you, Dizzy Chick. I think you just pushed me over the fence! gonna do it!

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    Jeannes Gems - Gem Chick says:

    Such a wonderful remembrance of your cousin. Your aunt will cherish your gift.

    I really like the pink bots. with the bronzite and smoky. and you know what – the pearls are growing on me.

  7. Smoky Rose
    Smoky Rose says:

    Thank you, Jeanne. Obviously, it will be too late for a Mothers Day gift, but I think it would touch her. Her last trip out this way, she brought me a stainless steel collinder – it was my grandma’s.. what a treasure! So thrilled to have it. I hope this will be like that – dollar and sense, no big deal, but delivered with love.

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    Dizzy Chick Lori Z says:

    Glad to shove! This is too beautiful & sentimental not to do. It makes me weepy.

  9. Smoky Rose
    Smoky Rose says:

    don’t get weepy! it’s all good! Thank you, Dizzy Chick!

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    RubberT aka Plucky Chick says:

    Beautiful, beautiful pick! You must make it eventually! I am putting it into my favorites to make for my sister-in-law. Lost mother-in-law to breast cancer in 1994 and my mom to ovarian cancer in 1996

  11. Smoky Rose
    Smoky Rose says:

    oh Plucky….. I will use the memory of all these women to motivate me to start and FINISH this…. and as you point out, with your sweet mom, it’s not just breast cancer – but numerous cancers that take our ladies. for my grandma’s it was bone for one, colon for the other. Whatever screening our insurance permits, we ought to take advantage.

  12. Smoky Rose
    Smoky Rose says:

    going to run back out to finish my errands before I poop out for the day… could happen too easily. I’ll stop by in a bit. Have fun!!!

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    Jeannes Gems - Gem Chick says:

    Maybe I’ll catch up with you again later. Sam’s works late again.

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    Mary - Sweet Chick says:

    Oh so beautiful! This is definitely a Smoky pick and if you make this for your Aunt she will be so thrilled. No matter that it’s too late for Mother’s Day, a “just because” gift will mean even more to her.
    Thank you for sharing your story. She sounds like a wonderful lady to emulate.
    From what I know of you, you’re well on your way to being a lot like her.
    You go girl!!

  15. AllureofGemsGlamJulia
    AllureofGemsGlamJulia says:

    Beautiful pick and for sure will make a memorable gift:)

  16. Cathy H Chocolate Chick
    Cathy H Chocolate Chick says:

    What a touching sentiment! This is lovely and I’m sure your Aunt would love it. Sorry for your loss.

  17. Happy Chick aka Harriet
    Happy Chick aka Harriet says:

    Please make this wonderful pick for your aunt, most of all because she will treasure a gift from you that says, “I know and share your loss, and love you!”

    We have a long and unfortunate history of cancer in my family. I also lost my favorite aunt to a painful and brutal cancer.
    We lost my maternal grandfather to cancer, as well as some others. Right now, my sister is dealing w/cancer in some of her family.
    I never got to know my mom’s birth mother, because she died of cancer when Mama was just a young teen. I had my own bout w/cancer when I was just a young mother w/2 preschoolers, about 23 yrs. ago. I had to have a complete hysterectomy when I was @ 32 yrs. old. I was lucky; they caught it early, and I had excellent doctors. And I still feel a little paranoid at my once a yr. check-up.
    We need to remember those who walked this road before us. Would you mind if I borrow a few of these ideas to make something for my sister and myself?

  18. Shannon aka Silly Chick
    Shannon aka Silly Chick says:

    Smoky, here’s to Aunt ‘Pinkie” who will undoubtedly adore anything you make for her much less a piece with these stones! It’ll be beautiful… :)

  19. Smoky Rose
    Smoky Rose says:

    Harriet, Harriet – you have touched me soooo. You need never ask, but thank you, of course you may! God bless you for it having been caught early and that you were here and are here for your children – wow, I need to digest all this…..

    I will tell you that one concern I’ve had about anybody but myself wearing my pieces is, what if they break? I had a very heavy piece break on me… I felt foolish – but if I give something to a loved one and it breaks, they most likely will not want to tell me and risk hurting my feelings…..

  20. Smoky Rose
    Smoky Rose says:

    Sweet Mary, thank you! I wish I could emulate her! I feel like a 12 year old sometimes trapped in a 40+ year old body – just silly and goofy, happy to make people laughk, even at my own expense – she is an elegant, but down to earth lady.
    I’ll be glad if I can look in the mirror some day and see some of her – this I’ll tell you, for sure!

  21. Shannon aka Silly Chick
    Shannon aka Silly Chick says:

    Happy – I’m so sorry! That had to have been such a hard time for you; so young and with little ones! I hope you had all the support you needed – Even more grateful to have you with us – What a trooper you are!! Love ya muchly!!!!! :)

  22. Smoky Rose
    Smoky Rose says:

    Hi Shannon! Thank you! Of course, she’s my auntie, she’d love a chain of paperclips – I know, I’m an auntie too – I just hope I can pull off something she’ll be proud of. How are you, lady! Miss ya – just got in from getting my hair trimmed. Cannot decide yet what ‘to do’ with it, so went with a good trim to clean it up and give it a touch more body.

  23. Kitty Chicky Cat
    Kitty Chicky Cat says:

    Truly beautiful!

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    Classy Chick JbyJill says:

    I absolutely love this pick…into my favs.
    Your aunt would be very touched. So funny that we have person in our lives that instilled the love of purses in our lives. Your aunt seems like a very dear person. I’m sure she would be honored to wear one of your pieces!!!

  25. Smoky Rose
    Smoky Rose says:

    growing up, she had a pumpking orange olds cutless (early/mid-70′s?), and she’d have her nice leather purse and matching shoes (which, you know, was the thing then)…and I just thought, wow – I wanna be like that when I grow up. Which I don’t mean hurtful to my own mom – my mom was and is wonderful, but my aunt had only the one child and a little more spare time on her hands than my mom – and of course, my aunt didn’t discipline me much….and spoiled me senseless – so she was just the coolest.

  26. Smoky Rose
    Smoky Rose says:

    …and she and my cousin were both teachers, teacher Chicks. My aunt taught 7th & 8th grade English (you can see, it was the purses, not the English that rubbed off onto me! ;) – and my cuz taught sociology at the college level.

  27. Shannon aka Silly Chick
    Shannon aka Silly Chick says:

    Smoky, I worry about that same thing – what if I sell something that breaks or the clasp doesn’t work properly for someone? I am overly critical of each and every piece for that reason – I pull and tug and shake just to make sure nothing falls off – I have had a customer return a bracelet after a dangle fell off – was sooo embarassed but then discovered it was not my fault. She must have snagged it b/c the jump ring was all bent up. But I repaired it and returned it to her – no charge, still a little red-faced!

  28. Happy Chick aka Harriet
    Happy Chick aka Harriet says:

    Thank you all for your kindness. I admit I went pretty misty reading about Smoky’s aunt. And then, even more, when I read the responses to my note.
    Yes, I was very fortunate w/ loving support, and great care. I know I am lucky, and blessed, to be a survivor.

  29. Smoky Rose
    Smoky Rose says:

    I’m using 0.15′ diameter, 15# wire, 7 strand. I use this, because this is what my teacher used….. is this good enough or is there better stuff? especially with the weight of some of these stone beads?

  30. Smoky Rose
    Smoky Rose says:

    I’m sorry, Harriet. I didn’t want to make anybody sad……. never. Your story is still choking me up. I work in a cancer hospital…. I see it all to often. I am sooooo glad that you are here!

  31. Shannon aka Silly Chick
    Shannon aka Silly Chick says:

    Sorry, I’m lagging behind the chat…as usual…A pumpkin orange car? She would’ve been my favorite aunt, too…orange be my favorite color!!! She just sounds delightful – and how lucky she is to have a niece like you who loves her so much! My Aunt Nacy hipped me to the joys of make-up – Though she was so pretty, she really never needed it. She’d allow me and my sister to primp endlessly with all her things…what fun we had!!!

  32. Smoky Rose
    Smoky Rose says:

    Shannon, how cool!

  33. Happy Chick aka Harriet
    Happy Chick aka Harriet says:

    Smoky, on your worry about things breaking, here are a couple of ideas.
    1. I used to teach jewelry making classes for Michael’s. We taught our students that it is a good idea to use 2 crimp beads when you are ready to finish up.
    Sometimes crimps just don’t hold, but using 2 is insurance. If you don’t like the crimps showing, try covering them w/ crimp covers.
    2. You can enclose a note w/each gift, saying something like, “I’m good, but not infallable. If there is ever a problem w/one of my pieces, please let me know and I will fix it, so I can have the joy of knowing you are wearing enjoying my work.”

  34. Shannon aka Silly Chick
    Shannon aka Silly Chick says:

    Smoky – I use 49 strand .018 Softflex and have never have a problem w/it! I will go through most anything except small pearls and has good flexibility as long as you don’t pull the piece too tightly! Your stringing material would work just as well I think! Do you use wire guardians?

  35. Smoky Rose
    Smoky Rose says:

    Harriet! That is perfect, the note! Thank you sooo much! I love that!
    I use two crimp beads, just my anal nature came upon that. I learned at Michael’s! My sweet teacher quit. I may have pushed her over the edge – poor thing had the worst time trying to teach me weaving work… I just could not get it. I miss her.

  36. Shannon aka Silly Chick
    Shannon aka Silly Chick says:

    Happy – that’s good advice all the way around! Thanks!

  37. Smoky Rose
    Smoky Rose says:

    49 strand! wow-za…. did I know there was such a thing?! Must get, that, plus Harriet’s note idea will give me more confidence! You guys! You guys are just super! Thank you, Shannon!
    Wire guardians? no, don’t know what they are…. I had about 5 classes when my teach quit (see, I think it was me;) – the rest I’ve fuddled thru on my own.

  38. Shannon aka Silly Chick
    Shannon aka Silly Chick says:

    Aunt NaNcy not Nacy…OY!

  39. Smoky Rose
    Smoky Rose says:

    I knew what you meant! :) – my aunt’s car was pumpkin, not pumpking! ;)

  40. Smoky Rose
    Smoky Rose says:

    Pumpking! a zestier shade of pumkin!

  41. Happy Chick aka Harriet
    Happy Chick aka Harriet says:

    Smoky, I use the heaviest beading wire I can for the hole size. The 7 strand is not usually as strong as the 19, 21, or 49 strand. I do often use the 7 strand when doing work with pearls, due to the small diameter holes usually found in pearls.
    I taught my students to read the diameter and break weight printed on the spool, and also the recommended crimp size.
    Just this week, I was shopping in Michael’s and tried to help a young college student. Picture this, me standing in the bead aisle, trying to explain a 2 hour beginner lesson in 10-15 minutes. :-) She did not even know about using beading wire or what crimps are used for. But she was so sweet that I really wanted to help when she asked me.

  42. Smoky Rose
    Smoky Rose says:

    and you so sweet to give of your time – again, like you did with the new owners of your house. wow.
    do they sell this better wire at Michaels? if so, feel a road trip within the hour?

  43. Happy Chick aka Harriet
    Happy Chick aka Harriet says:

    Shannon’s info is very good..just now got it on my screen. I use both Beadalon and Softflex, and like them both. And beadalon does make wire guardians as well, that I have used and can recommend.. They help the wire wear less, and last longer. Another trick is to come to the end of your design, string the crimp beads, and then 1 more small bead or crystal.. .which also helps protect the wire some, if you can’t get (or don’t want) wire guardians.

  44. Smoky Rose
    Smoky Rose says:

    Harriet! Thank you! You are so giving. Don’t mind me, gonna run up to Michael’s now and see if I can find – if not there’s a … JoAnne Fabric right accross the street. Thank you! Wanna work on this tonight or in the am, so need to run now. I’ll be back.

  45. Happy Chick aka Harriet
    Happy Chick aka Harriet says:

    Just got your note, and yes, I buy Beadalon at Michaels. One more thing: Michael’s discontinued almost all their teachers. Quite likely not you that made her quit.
    I had already quit, due to falling and breaking my foot and spraining both ankles.
    Important lesson: Water hoses, concrete steps and platform shoes are a bad combination. All better now, and I only shop at Michael’s (and give impromptu lessons in the aisle).
    Thanks for saying I’m sweet, but I do love sharing when I can help.

  46. Happy Chick aka Harriet
    Happy Chick aka Harriet says:


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    Dizzy Chick Lori Z says:

    A lot to catch up on since I left! Happy Chick, your story touched me too. I’m so glad it has a happy ending. (unintentional pun) :) God Bless You!

    I think we all have ways that cancer has touched our lives in one way or another. Our elementary school has 3 teachers with cancer, 2 with breast cancer. (all have taught my kids) My daughter’s current teacher has lung cancer (never smoked or was around it). I have an aunt with breast cancer, an uncle who survived colon cancer & a dear friend of our family that’s a breast cancer survivor. The fact they are all survivors is an amazing testament to our medical resources here.

    Smoky Rose, you work in a cancer hospital? Heaven bless you too!

    Must be getting hormonal, tearing up again realizing how LUCKY I am.

  48. Shannon aka Silly Chick
    Shannon aka Silly Chick says:

    Smoky, the 49 strand is not really that much thicker that the 7 – they’re very fine strands and really strong – You might also want to consider FireLine – very strong fishing line – and very thin! Most craft stores have it and all sporting stores (fishing, etc.) have it – kinda spendie, but you get a lot for the $!

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    Dizzy Chick Lori Z says:

    Good advice on the bead wire. I had used Accu-Flex exclusively till I found Soft Flex @ Hobby Lobby. I use the 49 strand & have only had 1 break, which was my fault. I didn’t string a watch band with enough flexibility in the beads (flat ends together instead of flat with curve)and after a year of wearing, it caught & snapped.

    I just use a regular 2mm crimp bead, and have never had a problem. I had wondered about wire guardians and if they helped. Do they snag hair on them in a necklace?

    Harriet, do you mean have a small bead in the loop portion BEFORE you double back into the crimp? I usually have a 1/4″ tail that tucks into the bead just after the crimp (or before, depending on the direction you’re going).

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    D D Mystic Chick says:

    you chicks have made me a bit teary eyed… your aunt will love the necklace (it’s the thought that counts) don’t worry about it breaking just put your personal touch on it and how could she not love it… Happy Chick, survivor! God luv ya! :)

  51. Shannon aka Silly Chick
    Shannon aka Silly Chick says:

    A JoAnn across the street, YAY! – Mine (yep, I own it – not really!) is about four miles away – close enough to be dangerous! And Michael’s is just across the street from there!! An embarassment of crafting riches!!

  52. Shannon aka Silly Chick
    Shannon aka Silly Chick says:

    I do what Happy Chick suggests all the time – I have one more small bead usually a 3 or 4mm after the crimp then double back through all the beads up to a 1/2 in. or so… Is that right Happy? It’s a little better looking, too not having the crimp be the very last thing you see at the clasp…Does save on wear and tear!

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    Dizzy Chick Lori Z says:

    Thanks Silly, I will have to try it. I dont’ buy crimp covers, and there’s times that that last crimp bead just doesn’t look that great. I pull my loops pretty tight, do you?

  54. Shannon aka Silly Chick
    Shannon aka Silly Chick says:

    Yep – sometimes too tight – that’s when a break can occur! If you do use crimp covers, leave just a teensie space – the crimp cover can rub the wire and cause a break if it’s too tight against the loop/clasp! It can get to be too tedious when the truth is, even the commercial stuff has crimps that are not covered! Why stress?!! :)

  55. Smoky Rose
    Smoky Rose says:

    I’m baaa-aaack! I got the 49 strand wire (and 22g for the nest)….. could not find the wire guards, though, neither at Michael’s or JoAnn……

  56. Smoky Rose
    Smoky Rose says:

    I wonder if mine was not too tight – because it broke right at the clasp – thank goodness, the crimp held and having a long tail of wire tucked in saved bead from flying everywhere! I love rocks – and my pieces can get a little heavy, so I am SO grateful for your ladies’ advice! Thank you!

  57. Smoky Rose
    Smoky Rose says:

    Shannon, no sorry, the JoAnn is accross from Michaels, not accross from me. Not bad though, maybe 6 miles N of here. Out here in the semi-wildnerness, 6 miles is good! ;)
    Harriet, you really don’t think I made my teacher quit? ;) let’s imagine the poor thing teaching the ADD’r weaving w/seed beads! I imagine she ran screaming! probably gave up beading all together! – Thank you for that – as many times as I inquired at Michael’s, nobody told me that. That does make me feel better – just wish I had a chance to say ‘good-bye’

  58. Shannon aka Silly Chick
    Shannon aka Silly Chick says:

    I haven’t seen wire guards at either store here as well! No matter, they are available at virtually any bead site – but I don’t know that it’s worth the trouble to conduct an all-out search. Just the regular precautions should keep a piece from falling apart – you can always use two strands and that’s a no fail fix as long as they’re crimped well enough!

    I like the heavier pieces myself…Don’t change your style!

  59. Shannon aka Silly Chick
    Shannon aka Silly Chick says:

    You’re funny, Smoky Chick!!! :)

  60. Smoky Rose
    Smoky Rose says:

    funny looking! ;)

  61. Smoky Rose
    Smoky Rose says:

    Shannon! JoAnn had Lapis Nevada chips! You taught me that stone, needless to say, I smiled and thought of ya

  62. Happy Chick aka Harriet
    Happy Chick aka Harriet says:

    Hi Shannon, I totally agree, that it looks nice to have that one little bead between the crimp bead and the clasp, just a nice finish.
    Smoky, glad you made it back. I had to go water plants for a while and fix supper.
    I think, again, that silly chick is right, because if you don’t leave just a little play in the loop that attaches to the clasp, that loop becomes under more stress & is more likely to break.
    I always suggested feeding at least an inch of wire back past the crimps and hiding that tail in the last beads. Then, if a crimp let go, it was easier to fix than a total re-string.
    The exception to this is the pearls. Often I cannot get a tail back thru’ the pearls because their holes are too small to accomodate 2 strands of bead wire. I usually get around this by stringing a few pretty crystals (w/nice big holes)as my last beads before the clasp. Looks elegant, and is a very practical and easy fix. :-)

  63. Smoky Rose
    Smoky Rose says:

    I’ll bet too, that I didn’t have enough play in the loop. I’ve always tried to hide the ‘mechanics’…… so, I’m learning. That’s a good thing.

  64. Shannon aka Silly Chick
    Shannon aka Silly Chick says:

    Happy Chick knows whereof she speaks – again, really good advice!! Thanks!! :)

    “funny looking”? I laughed out loud!! You are NOT funny looking – you a purdy lady! ;)

  65. Happy Chick aka Harriet
    Happy Chick aka Harriet says:

    Lori, I think Shannon answered how to put the last bead between the crimp beads and the clasp, but you DO go through that last little bead twice as well, once going to the clasp and once coming back. That clear as mud?
    A note about the wire guardians: I still use them in certain situations, but did not like having them against the back of my bare neck. Sometimes they feel scratchy.
    They can do OK when lower down the necklace, like when I use a nice chain across the back, or decoratively in the front and want a wire guardian where I attach the strand of gem stones to the chain. Sorry, my aunt the English teacher would make me rewrite that sentence.
    Ladies, that is one way to take some weight off the necklace. You can bead up as far as you want, and then attach your strand w/ crimps to some nice decorative chain. Why waste great LB beads where they can’t be seen?

  66. Smoky Rose
    Smoky Rose says:

    oooooooh, another very good idea, Harriet!!!!

  67. Happy Chick aka Harriet
    Happy Chick aka Harriet says:

    I’m going to feel like you great ladies are with me beading tonight. Thanks.

  68. Smoky Rose
    Smoky Rose says:

    right back at you, Harriet!!!!! :)

  69. Smoky Rose
    Smoky Rose says:

    MUST take a chow break. I’ll be back.

  70. Happy Chick aka Harriet
    Happy Chick aka Harriet says:

    Smoky, I don’t like working w/tiny beads, and do not do weaving. But I do know that locally, Michaels laid off all teachers except the Wilton Cake decorating lady. They literally walked into my friend Judy’s painting classroom, full of people, and told her they were doing away w/all the craft teachers except the Wilton lady. Her students were also loyal friends, and are now getting their lessons at Judy’s home studio.

  71. Happy Chick aka Harriet
    Happy Chick aka Harriet says:

    Going to bead now… :-)
    Have a great night.

  72. Shannon aka Silly Chick
    Shannon aka Silly Chick says:

    I’m right there with you, Happy Chick! I agree about the chain in the back – Beads are too expensive to waste in a place that can’t be seen!! Thanks, too, for clearing up the ‘last bead’ issue – you’re right, twice through!

  73. Shannon aka Silly Chick
    Shannon aka Silly Chick says:

    Michael’s loss – Judy’s gain! Good for Judy!! :)

  74. Elaine aka Belly Chick
    Elaine aka Belly Chick says:

    Beautiful pick/necklace for a beautiful aunt! :-)
    BTW ladies, read through the chat; thanks for the extra information about crimp beads, etc. :-)

  75. ChickyD aka Debra
    ChickyD aka Debra says:

    Such a beautiful pick and such a lovely sentiment! My daddy died from cancer when I was pregnant with my first child.

  76. Smoky Rose
    Smoky Rose says:

    Chicky D – my goodness, to suffer that horrible loss at a time which should be filled with joy……… I am sorry.

  77. Shannon aka Silly Chick
    Shannon aka Silly Chick says:

    Oh, Chicky D – I’m so sorry to hear that – it must’ve been unbearable to feel so sad while anticipating your first baby. Hurts just hearing about it… :(

  78. Happy Chick aka Harriet
    Happy Chick aka Harriet says:

    Chicky D., just one last note: In many ways we are all in this together. I’m sorry we did not know each other then, so we could have offered some support to you.
    ( )That’s a long distance hug and I hope you know we are here for you. Shannon said it very well.
    My grandfather died just a few hours before his first great-grandchild was born. He wanted to see her so badly, but his poor body could not hold on any longer. I was in 4th grade and still remember hearing about all that, with my parents going back and forth between his hospiital room and the maternity waiting room. It was a hard time and sometimes I still miss my Poppy.
    I’m so sorry for your loss.
    Good night sweet ladies.

  79. movie chick aka susan
    movie chick aka susan says:

    Happy Chick – you called your grandfather Poppy?…that is what my daughter calls hers…I think it is such a sweet name :)

  80. Happy Chick aka Harriet
    Happy Chick aka Harriet says:

    Yes, He was my Poppy. And that name means love to me. Hugs to you and your daughter, and thanks for sharing that.

  81. ChickyD aka Debra
    ChickyD aka Debra says:

    Chickies, thank you so much for your sweet sentiments. I appreciate them so much. It was very hard. He would so have enjoyed having little Kimberly ride the tractor with him. Still miss him… But he’s in a MUCH better place!

    Good night to all.

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    RubberT aka Plucky Chick says:

    Ahhh. What touching reading. Just came on to sneak a peak and got a real blessing from the chickies!

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    Dizzy Chick Lori Z says:

    Didn’t get back last night, and slacking now to catch up! Happy Chick, thanks for the clarification on the “last bead”. I think I get it, and will try it soon.

    Also, I frequently use chain, leather cord or seed beads to finish off a necklace. It is a great way to reduce the cost as well as the weight of a piece! I can string about 6-8″ of beads & then loose focus – anything else added just detracts from the focal area.

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    Dizzy Chick Lori Z says:

    Harriet & Debra, I’m so sorry for the losses you had, at such a sensitive time. Those seem to be more common than we realize. Time does ease the pain, but the wishes for what could have been still remain.

  85. J Yee smart chick
    J Yee smart chick says:

    good morning everyone,

    wow… such a touching Pick for your aunt and cousin who passed away due to cancer, sure love the idea of your making something for her to help remember your cousin, beautiful idea!

    who couldn’t relate to the stories being shared here – one of my cousins had breast cancer a few years ago, my dad had some colon cancer, we are very fortunate that both my cousin and dad are still around… so glad to read all the stories here of surviving cancer, and very important to support anyone undergoing cancer… the emotional and spiritual support is so crucial…

    and love the conversations about how to ensure a necklace won’t break – I too ditto use of two crimps spaced a little bit apart, one right after the clasp part and then a few beads away, run the beading wire thru both beads and crimps. one of my absolute fav teachers in the local area here says DO NOT use the crimping tools that fold the crimps in upon itself, she says that stresses the metal so it’s more likely to wear out… she says just flatten crimps w/ flat end pliers, after you do so w/ pliers facing one direction, check to see that the whole crimp is flattened evenly from side fo side, apply pressure on other side w/ pliers if it looks like the crimp is a bit less than evenly flattened… clear as mud water??? :) … like the idea of the note attached,

    and such a lovely beautiful combo of soft light and darker colors w/ all the pinks and smoky dark browns… what a lovely gift for your aunt, do hope you’ll make it for her, such a lovely tribute!

    Here’s to all of us who are cancer survivors and also all of our loved ones who have survived cancer! :)

  86. Anita QoG Funny Chick
    Anita QoG Funny Chick says:

    Loving thoughts to all who have suffered losses!! God bless!!

  87. Anita QoG Funny Chick
    Anita QoG Funny Chick says:

    BTW, beautiful pick!!!

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    Dizzy Chick Lori Z says:

    Smart Chick, I use the tool that makes a “u” shape, then folds it over. I always use SS crimps & have never had one fail. I wonder if the metal used makes a difference? If the silver is soft, maybe that makes it less brittle.

    I wear the heck out of some things I’ve made, and even have used 2 strands of 49 strand wire doubled back (4 strands through the crimp).

    I don’t know if I’ve said, but I use Accu-Flex wire for every bracelet, & any necklace that’s heavy. I can’t recommend it enough, but it is pricey. I haven’t used Soft Flex long enough to give the same testimonial, but it seems just as good.

  89. J Yee smart chick
    J Yee smart chick says:

    dizzy chick Lori,

    thanks for your comments. I should add that my couple of times when necklaces gave out on me – they both happened to be the long lariat ones that I like w/ gemstones, so these do tend to be heavier and need a bit more care than shorter necklaces… glad to hear that you’ve had success w/ SS crimps, I also do use SS crimps. I’ve generally used Soft Flex and had very good success with it lasting, I haven’t used Accu-Flex or Beadalon much, no particular reason… do agree w/ use of the 49 strands not the weaker 7 strand… wow, 2 strands of 49 strand wire doubled back – was that the very thin wire – I too have not been able to get multiple strands thru crimps and beads w/ very small holes such as pearls. So like others have mentioned I too use seed beads w/ larger holes for the last few beads before and after crimps, mixed in w/ the larger sized other beads (like larger seed beads, maybe size 8 or 6, they’re inexpensive and they come in so many different colors)…

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    Dizzy Chick Lori Z says:

    Smart Chick, Joyce? is that right? I might be using larger crimps, too. I will have to check the inside diameter. I think they are called 2mm, but am not sure. They are whatever is recommended for .19 wire. That could make a big difference!

    4 strands through is a little tricky sometimes, not so easy to pull snug, but it does work. I used to pull about an inch or more tail after the crimp too, but for some reason I’d get a kink or twist at the end I didn’t like. I now go 2 or 3 beads past the crimp depending on the type of bead. Stones are usually easiest, SS next, crystals sometimes, & pearls – forget it!

  91. CAS
    CAS says:

    Gosh, I go to Nana’s for a day and miss out on so much good Chick Chat. Mary, Harriet, Debra, Plucky, Joyce and any of you other “Chicks” who’ve lost family to Cancer, you have all my love and sympathy. My Grandpa Peter (Mom’s Dad) died of brain cancer when my Mom was a teen, my Grandpa Al (Dad’s step-Dad) died of lung cancer, my Grandma had but didn’t die from colon cancer, and Nana’s had breast cancer (in remission, yay!). I, myself, worked with cancer patients as an RN for 21 years in a bone marrow transplant unit, so I really do have an understanding for what you’ve gone through. Hugs to all!

    I often use seed beads near my clasps, cause, as been said already, why waste the big beads somewhere they won’t be seen. I’ve also taken to knotting my wire onto a small jump ring and using a crimp bead, I then attach the jump ring to the clasp so the jump ring is doing all of the moving/rubbing. It seems to work okay.

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  92. Smoky Rose
    Smoky Rose says:

    Hi CAS!!! Thank your additions for our conversations – as you and I know too well, from our jobs, there is not a family anywhere not touched by the fear, pain, and sorrow of cancer. Hurray for all survivors! God bless those who did not – and we pray and trust (regardless of which faith we follow, or for those who do not follow) that they are in a better place and their suffering is past.

    Thank you too for your addition to the ‘please, how do I keep it from breaking!’ chat. Your necklace is beautiful!

  93. Happy Chick aka Harriet
    Happy Chick aka Harriet says:

    This is for all of us: survivors, family and friends; a great big thank you to those who take care of the cancer patients.
    It is a frightening and stressful time, and the caregivers make it so much more bearable. No matter how tired or overworked, they were always kind and giving to the patients. So, thank you, again.

  94. Happy Chick aka Harriet
    Happy Chick aka Harriet says:

    CAS had a great tip about attaching the crimped wire to a jump ring, and the jump ring to the chain or clasp. I do that usually, and it works well.
    A friend taught me this idea: She says be sure to use the jump ring (1 or more) when doing bracelets, because it gives you a place where you can lengthen or shorten the bracelet easily. She sells a lot of her work, and says that people often need to adjust just a little bit for a good fit…and a sale!
    We also agree that sometimes it just helps the clasp lay better. :-)

  95. Happy Chick aka Harriet
    Happy Chick aka Harriet says:

    Ummm…just one more thing, I have read that it is a bad idea to use the crimping tool on ribbed crimp beads, because they are more likely to break that way, and should be flattened w/pliers instead.
    I have actually had a few crimps shatter when I used the crimp tool on a ribbed (tornado style) crimp. It doesn’t happen every time, but why go there?

  96. Smoky Rose
    Smoky Rose says:

    I do that too! that is how I was taught. Mine snapped right at the crimp – between the crimp and the jumpring. I’m thinking, courtesy of you ladies, it was the perfect storm: wire not strong enough, not enough slack in the wire at the site – I’ve always made them on the tight side – and heavy, heavy beads. I’m glad for mentioning my foolish necklace breaking experience. See! that’s big for a shy person – a strong, strong lesson here, because look at how much I learned – and look at how I can build more confidence, just by changing up my tools and skill set – The Chicks ROCK!

  97. CAS
    CAS says:

    Harriet (Happy Mom’s Day)! I’m glad that I’m not the only one who attaches the crimped wire to a jump ring, I thought I was weird for doing that. ;)

  98. Smoky Rose
    Smoky Rose says:

    Amen to your sentiments, Harriet. Well said! Thank you!

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    Jeannes Gems - Gem Chick says:

    Like CAS I’ll use jump rings at the end. I wrap the wire around a closed jump ring, then use an open ring to attach the clasp. I find it gives the piece more flexibility. I also learned to put a bead between the crimp and the jump ring.


  100. Happy Chick aka Harriet
    Happy Chick aka Harriet says:

    Hope you are both having a lovely day!

  101. CAS
    CAS says:

    Jeanne, gorgeous necklace! I’m so glad I’m not weird, doing it that way was a trial and error thing for me since I’m self taught (never taken a class).

    Happy Mom’s Day Jeanne (glad you had fun)!

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    Jeannes Gems - Gem Chick says:

    I never took a class either! I read a lot and check out videos on the web.
    I love the Chic and Easy books for ideas.

    You inspired me to use orange! And that one sold the same day I brought it into school. You have to bring some of your pieces to work – they’re gorgeous!

  103. Happy Chick aka Harriet
    Happy Chick aka Harriet says:

    Jeanne and CAS, I love the pictures.
    CAS, I made exactly this style necklace w/sodalite and white fw pearls last night. Mine was a double strand, but made just like this! :-)
    What stones did y’all use?
    So pretty.

  104. CAS
    CAS says:

    I used “LB”‘s China Chrysoprase rondelles, Bloodstone Nuggets & my favorites, Pistachio Pearls. I also used an artisan created bead that I’d bought, blue glass pearls and blue-green-brown swirled lampwork beads.

  105. Smoky Rose
    Smoky Rose says:

    Never took a class?!?!? I am super impressed. When you were looking for books and videos, did you notice, were there any Beading for Idiots? ;) I must stop smacking myself – no, not if it prompts a giggle!
    I’m totally digging those bloodstone nuggets – if there’s some left when I am off my husband-induced ordering probation, those babies are mine!

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    Jeannes Gems - Gem Chick says:
  107. Smoky Rose
    Smoky Rose says:

    woo hoo! along with the book from Amazon that Plucky recommended! (yes, I remembered, Plucky – and it is in my Amazon cart) woo hoo! Thanks Jeanne!

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    Dizzy Chick Lori Z says:

    CAS & Jeanne, BEAUTUFUL necklaces! And I like the idea of adding the jump ring at the end. I’ve done that on occasion, when it was necessary, but not as a rule. That would really help with flexibility!

    My thing is I will only use soldered jump rings. I don’t trust an open jump ring for a minute, to me it seems too easy for it to open up. I use split rings for charms a lot, and would love to be able to solder my own open rings shut! For now I use a wrapped loop with wire to attach anything else to a closed loop.

    Thanks for the advice on tornado crimps, too. I’ve never tried them but would have been tempted to use the bent crimp tool on them for good measure.

    Smoky, hooray for you for speaking up! See how much we ALL have learned?!?!

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    Dizzy Chick Lori Z says:

    Smoky, I just remembered you mentioned you like the Bloodstone Nuggets. I don’t have the nuggets, but Lima’s Bloodstone coin beads are gorgeous, too! I tend to want to hoard them when I see them on the BGBM.

  110. Happy Chick aka Harriet
    Happy Chick aka Harriet says:

    I also started out as self taught. I’m a bookworm and if I want to learn about something, I try to find a source book. One thing I have enjoyed about getting to know other beaders locally, is that beaders are generous w/their knowledge. They are also fun, new friends. Sometimes, when we get together, we start the evening with showing what we are working on and sharing stuff we have in excess or just want to pass on. And sometimes it is just fun to surprise each other with a little present. :-)

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    Luv2bead - Little Chick says:

    Is Accu-Flex or Beadalon better? Now I use 7 strand .15″ (I think), but I really want something really stronger and more flexible. Any suggestions?

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    Luv2bead - Little Chick says:

    I also need cheaper because I use a lot

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    Luv2bead - Little Chick says:

    Actually I meant .015″! ;)

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    RubberT aka Plucky Chick says:

    Hi, Smoky! Just wanted to say HI and let you know I’m glad you ordered the book! Hope it is good for you! I’ll be back on a regular basis soon!

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