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Elton's Blues

About this design:

As I was looking at these beads I started humming along to Elton John's "I guess that's why they call the blues". The rich blue Brazilian dumortierite nuggets and pendant just seemed to belong with these Canadian sodalite rounds.


12x15mm Brazilian dumortierite nuggets,35x25mm dumortierite slab pendant from Lima Beads, 12mm faceted Canadian sodalite rounds, TierraCast butterfly toggle from Lima Beads, AccuFlex .024 beading wire and twisted tornado moonlight crimps.

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  1. gembeans
    gembeans says:

    Beautiful!! “…rolling like thunder…living like…and I gues that’s why they call it the blues…” love that song.

  2. gembeans
    gembeans says:

    gotta find that song…can’t remember all the words–that drives me crazy…

  3. FaeryGoth Chick
    FaeryGoth Chick says:


  4. KatsAllThat
    KatsAllThat says:

    I am sure it’s on You Tube!!

  5. M bennett
    M bennett says:

    how lovely love the mix of colors..

  6. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    From the song “I Guess That’s Why They Call it the Blues” — here’s the chorus:

    “And I guess that’s why they call it the blues
    Time on my hands could be time spent with you
    Laughing like children, living like lovers
    Rolling like thunder under the covers
    And I guess that’s why they call it the blues”

    You’re welcome. 8)

  7. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    This is such a gorgeous set! I love the blue gems you’ve used and the silver components look perfect with them! Great design, too! :D

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    Mary - Sweet Chick says:

    Great design for those rich blues!
    And look at those perfect wire wraps on the earrings! :-D

    BTW; What are twisted tornado moonlight crimps, please? Thank you! :-)

  9. Nancy Mc
    Nancy Mc says:

    Omg..this is a jaw dropper!the focal is exquisite. I agree with Lynn,and think the silver looks amazing with those stones. Even more interesting is that you used nuggets,alternated with rounds. All you need is a white blouse,or tee,your fav jeans,and poof..classy chic!

  10. KatsAllThat
    KatsAllThat says:

    @Mary S…Twisted Tornado Crimps are designed by ViaMurano. They are designed to just flatten and go and because they have a design (twist) on them they look good as they are. Moonlight is their antique silver color but they also do Bella Flame (antique copper), silver and Russian gold. I love them and have never had one fail. There are imitations which I tried but they are not the same. They have 2 sizes .019 & .024. Here is their link:

  11. Elis Mom
    Elis Mom says:


  12. Elis Mom
    Elis Mom says:

    So, KAT, no folded crimps?

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    JustImagine - Val says:

    This is so beautiful Kats…love the song too. I think you so go with the Elton theme and create a “Candle in the Wind” next. :)

  14. Tanja L
    Tanja L says:

    A beautiful piece in one of my favorite colors…what could be better than blue? :-) ))

  15. KatsAllThat
    KatsAllThat says:

    @Elis Mom… folded crimps!! I still use them at times depending on my design but I absolutely love the twisted tornado crimps. They are especially great when using .024 wire which I did with this set.

    @Val….oh yes! Candle in the Wind! I will keep that in mind. I have some golden quartz and citrine…hmmmmmm

  16. gembeans
    gembeans says:

    Good info on Tornado Crimps since I just purchased some from a new bead shop–I’ll make sure they’re ViaMurano before I use them. Started to hate crimping lately. And now, every time I hear that song I’ll picture rolling thunder clouds of dark blue sodalite and dumortierite and this beautiful necklace set. (thanks Lynn Eileen for lyrics)

  17. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    Gorgeous set, great work! and I’m going to try the crimps, too!

  18. Eeka Mouse
    Eeka Mouse says:

    Musically, when I saw that gorgeous focal, the lyrics to ‘Vincent’ poped into my head…”starry,starry night… paint your palatte blue and grey…”
    and i love the earrings! would wear ‘em in an instant.

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