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Waterlilies for Mom

About this design:

Necklace and 2 bracelets for my Mom. Earrings not made yet. Semi inspired by Monet. It is not the way I intended when I thought about doing it a month ago but things just decided for themself. I intended more purple but the patina matched the pearls just kinda went from there.
I also need to say that this would not have been possible without the kindness of a friend and I appreciate that person's kindness and generosity immensely.
This was also my first try with patina. Everything went great as long as I was doing the brass. The arte metal piece...not so much. I thought it was ruined. Then my Macgyver instincts kicked in. So on top of the patina is Revlon nail color #430 Whimsical. Perfect!

I included a Monet that semi influenced me.


Lima Beads Vintaj: Waterlily Arte Metal Ribbon Slide, Waterlily brass toggle, brass nouveau toggle bar, brass princess dragonfly, patina shade marine. Brass chains, large toggle clasp purchased Michaels. Brass bead caps, bead cones, round beads, heishi beads, flower connector, diamond beads, leaves, heart toggle from a kit I've had for years. Lima Beads: muddy mix shell pearl 12mm used the dusty teal, czech fire polished glass luster 3mm, green and pink AB crystal, czech fire polished luster mix 4mm, seed beads that I cant remember name/color.

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  1. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    Sorry some of the photos are sideways and some not. I think only cropped ones flipped. Thought I had figured out problem.

  2. Peggy3
    Peggy3 says:

    Great necklace. I love the blue and brass colors.

  3. Medieval Momma
    Medieval Momma says:

    Good job on the patina! Love the way the whole piece goes together!

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    franny says:

    love the combo of these pearls with brass & patina, which of itself adds ‘vintage’ character, and the delicate chains & litle crystals!..lovely set, your Mum should love it!…is this where all the crimping took place?

  5. Frida
    Frida says:

    Love the colors, awesome patina and nicely put together! Be proud over yourself, Deb :D

  6. foxhill designs vt
    foxhill designs vt says:

    Lovely pieces, Deb! Love the asymmetrical design of the necklace.

  7. Asia
    Asia says:

    Deb, this is great design and the colors are perfect, your Mom is going to love this :D

  8. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    Wow! Thank you everyone so much. Yes Franny this is where all that crimping took place. I was dreading but it was no where near as bad as I thought. I really appreciate all the compliments. This one I have been stressing over bad.

  9. NY Bella
    NY Bella says:

    Nicely done, Deb! Love the design! The colors are perfect! Mom will be very happy! I know I would!!

  10. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    This is a veritible feast for the eyes! And don’t you just love that MacGyver instinct?!? What would we do without it?? :)

  11. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    Thank you Maria and Becky. Yea those MacGyver instincts def saved me here. I was almost to the point of crying I wanted this to be so perfect. I looked over, saw that nail polish and said “what the heck its the same color!”. I cant believe how well it worked. It gave it a sheen and the glitter sparkles match the crystals…lol.

  12. Valley Girl
    Valley Girl says:

    Gotta love the many uses of nail polish! This is a great gift for mom. I am sure she will love it.

  13. Lois D
    Lois D says:

    Oh wow, so (and this is probably a dumb question so forgive me) those glitter, sparkly points of ‘light’ on the close-up of the ribbon slide are from the nail polish? Oh my goodness, that is so fantastic! I kept looking at that close-up wondering how you achieved that effect, because I have a similar ribbon slide which has been sitting and ‘staring’ at me for about 8 months now. I believe it is demanding to be used, but I don’t know what to do with it – LOL Guess I’ll have to buy some nail polish :) great idea
    This is a gorgeous set and your Mom has a very artistic and loving daughter :)

  14. Fresh Baked
    Fresh Baked says:

    Lucky mom to have such a talented daughter. Be sure someone has the camera ready when she opens up this beautiful set of jewelry.

  15. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    Yes Lois the glitter sparkles are from the nail polish. I didnt like how the metal looked after you buffed the patina off the raised parts. The nail polish is basically the same color as the patina I used but goes on semi clear. It just gave the parina more depth, sheen and bonus glitter. So there’ s patina first which is then buffed and then polish.
    Thank you so much and thank you Valley Girl.

  16. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    Thank you Freshed Baked.

  17. Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick says:

    Gorgeous color and wonderful design! Three cheers for color #430! :D

  18. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    LOL Nancy! :) And thank you.

  19. Miannda
    Miannda says:

    Beautiful colors and delicate design Deb!

  20. Julie Shane
    Julie Shane says:

    This is SO pretty Deb! I like how all the spacer beads and the toggle have the same wash of color. You spent some time with your patina on this one! :)

  21. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    Thank you Miannda and Julie. And yes I spent some time with the patina….not all of it fun either. But chopsticks come in handy.

  22. Mary Brady
    Mary Brady says:

    Love the colors! Love the designs!

  23. Elis Mom
    Elis Mom says:

    Deb, this is so pretty! The colors, pearls, patina…all are wonderful. Your Mom is going to be so thrilled!

  24. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    Thank you so so much Susie. :)
    It makes me happy that I was able to create something like this. If I had not found Lima Beads….

  25. Elis Mom
    Elis Mom says:

    LB is a great place to be! I love it here!

  26. PPR
    PPR says:

    WOW, WOW, WOW…..
    Great colors and beautiful design and work. Such a very wonderful gift for your Mom.
    Happy Holidays!

  27. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    You’re right Susie, LB is a great place to be. I’m loving ut here also.
    And thank you PPR foe that that enthusiastic compliment. HAPPY HOLIDAYS to you as well.

  28. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    Silly necklace decided to fall apart in 3 places this morning…blasted jump rings. Oh well I was going to tweak it a little anyway because of the way it hung. So new main photo.

  29. Elis Mom
    Elis Mom says:

    A happy accident! New version even better, as if that was possible!

  30. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    Well thank you. I moved the crystal beaded section lower it didn’t look right up high.

    Why is it that sometimes a necklace hangs wonky and it takes you forever to get it to hang straight without twisting? I’ve been messing with this thing half the day.

  31. B Whitacre
    B Whitacre says:

    Well, I am so new and so naive….what is patina? How do you do it? When is it called for? I have only used bright silver looking findings. Guess patina goes with copper only? I have so many questions. I never KNEW I needed crimper tool also. Is this one of those tools you should spare no expense or is a “vanilla” one going to work just as well? I am on a fixed income and beading has kept me from bullets as I have restless leg syndrome and it drives me fifty shades of NUTS if I lie down, thus I stay up beading and walking the floors. I have a lot to learn….and so many questions about “how do I”… Just found LB site tonight and have been looking at it for hours. I thought that MAN beader was so kind to help with the puter issue. Now, how do you learn to solder your connections on those pesky jump rings or whatever the ones are called that just go around one time and meet and forever pull apart? I am in Jacksonville Fl but not able to go on Th PM to Jax Gem and Mineral Society meetings. Here are three basic pieces compared to what I see you artists doing but practice, practice, practice…on photography as well.

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  32. B Whitacre
    B Whitacre says:

    Oops, two pieces of jewelry and a “piece of work” as some friends say…me.

  33. Elis Mom
    Elis Mom says:

    I like the wall color of your room!

    Patina is many things, but Vintaj makes it in many colors available here at LB. Just shop under “Brands”. You can use it on any metal.
    Crimping pliers produce a nicer and more sturdy connection. Use a 50% off coupon from Michael’s and get a new one every now and then.
    Don’t need to solder jump rings…you twist them open rather than prying them will never get them to close that way.
    If you look under Create and Learn>>Tips and Techniques onn the LB site, you’ll find answers to your questions.

  34. Julie Shane
    Julie Shane says:

    Welcome to Lima Beads! This place is SO great!

    You are going to learn so much just reading everyone’s posts. Be sure to go to the “Fresh Pick” page and create something. It’s fun!

    I like the jewelry you showed us. You have a good sense for color and balance. Just practice and experiment. Take stuff apart. Stuff it into your stash for a few weeks and then go at it again. Don’t be afraid to try “new” beads and crazy combinations. Sometimes they are the best discoveries!

    There really is no right or wrong way to do this beadaholic thing! :) Ask questions and someone will have an answer. We do love to share. I’ve learned SO much in just a few months. It’s awesome. And EVERYONE on this site is helpful and fun… and we’re all pretty insane too. ;)

  35. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    Well I feel bad that I missed your two posts on here B. Whitacre. But you had two good people who jumped in for me. I just started on this site about a week before Thanksgiving myself. It took me a week to get up the courage to make a fresh pick or say anything to anyone. But everyone here is great, very encouraging, willing to help. Its a great place and not just to shop. Julie was correct that the 2 photos you added here show you know color and balance. Remember beading is a creative outlet…an art. Make what you like.
    Welcome to Lima Beads!

  36. D carlson-trotter
    D carlson-trotter says:

    this is so pretty

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