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“Raisin Moon mysteries...”


Description from J Yee smart chick: this one is in thanks to Frida, Julie, NYBella, foxhill designs and others here, for all your encouragement yesterday, as I pondered over which czech firepolished beads to mix with which seed beads - not so easy, given all the many yummy gorgeous and unique czech beads that LB has - like the funny smoky moons, the raisin squares, and the twilight alexandrite squares - so this one is also for the mystery of why the colors of some varieties like the raisin beads or the twilight alexandrite seem to vary with their shapes - the raisin squares seem to have streaks of deep purple and brown, vs. the teardrops - likewise with twilight alexandrite - ???


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  1. NY Bella
    NY Bella says:

    As soon as I saw this, Joyce, I clicked on “faves”! I love this! The colors are subtle, yet strong and your composition perfect! I think the combination of the various shades of purple, brown and even pink will be gorgeous however you use them in your piece! Love the owls, too!!

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    Luna Chick aka Coral says:

    Fantastic color blending in this one. I just love it!

  3. OK Jacki
    OK Jacki says:

    You’ve pulled together some gorgeous shades here. Love the two Kylie Parry owls also. Lovely!!

  4. Frida
    Frida says:

    Joyce this is beautiful, and you are more than welcome! Anyway you did most of the work ;) About the different colors in the beads, I think it can be du to the diff cuts and that when one takes photos it’s always some setting differences, etc??

  5. Laud
    Laud says:

    Good choices! I used the raisin squares in a design, and the picture is pretty accurate. There’s purple, dark copper (or brown) and caramel colors in them. The smoky moons have bluish overtones in real life.

  6. Julie Shane
    Julie Shane says:

    Joyce, That’s what all this Fresh Picking is about… Helping each other come up with great new ideas. It’s FUN!!! :)

    I have the purple Mr. Hoot and I LOVE him. It’s one of those pieces that you can’t wear too often, because people notice it and remember. And then I think… didn’t I just wear this??? ;)

  7. Julie Shane
    Julie Shane says:

    Laud: Good to know that the moons have a lot of blue in them. Any grey or purple tones? I was afraid there’d be too much pink so I haven’t really bothered with them.

  8. Asia
    Asia says:

    Fantastic :D

  9. foxhill designs vt
    foxhill designs vt says:

    Love the owls with all the Czech glass. Another great pick!

  10. J Yee smart chick
    J Yee smart chick says:

    Thank you once again, fellow beaders here – especially to all the comments about why some of the varieties of beads seem to have somewhat different colors in them, that differs with their shapes -

    and yikes, oh nooooooo, waited too long to order some of those wonderful fun smoky moon beads, ugh!! :( :X

  11. J Yee smart chick
    J Yee smart chick says:

    Or – :\

  12. J Yee smart chick
    J Yee smart chick says:

    Sigh – shoulda ordered some when I spotted ‘em, oh well, they’re going onto my long long LB bead wish list!! :(

  13. J Yee smart chick
    J Yee smart chick says:

    Laud and Julie, thank you both, for your descriptions of some of the beads, including those gorgeous raisin squares – I was hoping the smoky moons have some hints of purple, besides the blue – wouldn’t they also go great with labradorite maybe, or abalone shell??? those Kylie Parry owls are sooo cute, sure would like to make a necklace with ‘em and the smoky moons –

    I had better get an order in for some of the other czech beads that I would like, wwhile there’s free shipping this month!! ;)

  14. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    Joyce: How many do you need? I have some from ahwile ago and I didn’t use them all yet. I can share… contact me.

  15. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    Mine are more a purpler blue but it is this color.

  16. J Yee smart chick
    J Yee smart chick says:

    Oh Becky, soooo kind of you, will do!!

  17. April T
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  18. J Yee smart chick
    J Yee smart chick says:

    Many thanks to all of you who commented here – I just received moon beads from Becky, and they are beautiful and charming, topaz smoky matte on one side, and a lovely light teal blue on the other – the blue is one of those rainbow effects as you move the beads back and forth – doing a Pick for ‘em!! ;)

  19. J Yee smart chick
    J Yee smart chick says:

    Lemme rephrase that – the side on the moon beads with the blue is a very light, shimmering pale blue with hints of electric blue!! 8O

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