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Sparkle in the Rough

About this design:

I love funky, natural, earthy, unexpected sparkle when it comes to my choices in stones and beads. I had been holding onto to these druzy beads for about 6 months, unsure where to take the design. Then I saw the recycled glass beads and it hit me. A fun ,chunky, colorful necklace while maintaining a natural beauty was in my future. The great thing about these bead choices is that everything was able to be strung on a 2mm leather cord just further enhancing the natural look of this piece.

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Step-by-Step Instructions:

Step 1:
Using a brush, patina the coin using minimal amounts of the Agate Patina & even more minute amounts of the Ochre Patina - both from the Retro Highway Patina Kit. Be ready with your paper towel or rag to do a quick wipe once the patina ink is on.
Step 2:
Brush the Ochre Patina onto the bead and allow to dry. Add the Agate Patina in a few places and add the Moss Patina in even fewer places. Once all is dry take the Relief Block and buff until desired coloring is reached.
Step 3:
Lay out your beads prior to stringing. Find the center of your leather cord and begin stringing out from there. Place knots on either side of your druzy pieces and African brass coin. Place additional knots as decorative accents throughout the rest of the necklace. NOTE: the knots will also allow your necklace to lay smoother and your beads won't grind on each other as much.
Step 4:
Once the length desired has been reached, place a knot at the end of each strand. Then combine strands forming 2 over hand knots. With the 2 tails, string one of your African brass patinated beads onto each and finish off with a knot.

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  1. Elis Mom
    Elis Mom says:

    So pretty and earthy. You always have wonderful designs!

  2. Nancy Mc
    Nancy Mc says:

    Fabulous as always,Ali! The raw stones look wonderful with the frosty glass.Just enough orange to make it even more interesting.

  3. Ali
    Ali says:

    I’m glad you guy like it! I had mostly been wearing this necklace with 1 or 2 others, its length and size makes it great for layering.

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    Rosemary E says:

    Please allow us to print some of these instructions. Can’t rmember them all

  5. Brendasvanity
    Brendasvanity says:

    New to Vintaj…nervous about my first piece. Guess I just have to jump in. Can’t wait to learn tips for jewelry making with you all!

  6. Lavender Sky
    Lavender Sky says:

    ALI — “Sparkle in the Rough” is a diamond.. I just love artistry in a piece like this. The colors of the beads/stones, their textures, the cording all work together like poetry. Excellent, make more!!

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