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The sea calls to me

About this design:

I've entered this bracelet in the Vintaj "Ocean Surf" design challenge. My inspiration comes from the many sea turtle nests I saw while on Florida’s Treasure Coast last year. My design shows the hatchlings’ journey from their nest high on the dunes, crossing the beach, fighting the waves of pounding surf, then into the sea. Sadly, the day after Hurricane Sandy, we visited Bonsteel beach, the nests were gone and the beach was strewn with unhatched eggs. Many were lost to Sandy that night.


Various blue hues and shapes of aqua terra/impression jasper, Toho seed beads, white howlite, tiny shells, and Vintaj charms and findings that include a charm which I die cut, polished and embossed by hand.

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  1. Asia
    Asia says:

    Angela, I can totally see what you picturing here, love the colors :D

  2. NY Bella
    NY Bella says:

    Beautifully done!

  3. Crazy Beader
    Crazy Beader says:

    Great design, Angela, and the backstory is very touching, too. Good luck in the contest – - I would certainly vote for this as a winner !

  4. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    Oh its beautiful! I love how the blues go from shallow water to deep water and the little clutch of turtle eggs.

  5. Beadzilla aka Wanda
    Beadzilla aka Wanda says:

    Great design Angela! Can totally see what you were shooting for. Love It!!

  6. B Fencl
    B Fencl says:

    This is beautiful, and a well told story!

  7. AllureofGemsGlamJulia
    AllureofGemsGlamJulia says:

    Angela, love it! beautiful design:)

  8. Laud
    Laud says:

    Really, really like this. The theme is so clear, and the stones are beautiful.

  9. Elis Mom
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  10. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    Beautiful depiction and very creative piece! Nature can be so cruel and sad.

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    Beadaholic1 says:

    A lovely representation of life and nature.

  12. Gail Layne
    Gail Layne says:

    Wow! Love the bracelet and the story behind it! Not only would I vote for this, I would totally wear it!

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    Mary - Sweet Chick says:

    Absolutely beautiful!
    Love the variations of textures, shapes & colors, and the story it tells!

  14. foxhill designs vt
    foxhill designs vt says:

    Beautiful design, Angela! Love the transition from light to dark. :)

  15. Lynn g
    Lynn g says:

    That is a beautiful bracelet!!!

  16. Batticat
    Batticat says:

    Love the little turtles. They must be happy in their beautiful environment. Variety of shapes and ocean colors work great!

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    A Weaver says:

    WOW!!! 1st place winner in my book for sure!!! Good luck!!! :)

  18. Beadzilla aka Wanda
    Beadzilla aka Wanda says:

    Congrats Angela on being chosen as one of the editors choices!

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    Mary - Sweet Chick says:

    YAY!! Another Vintaj Editor’s choice winner!!
    Congrats Angela!! :-D
    Go LB Chicks!! :-D

  20. puppychick  labratbecky
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  21. RLMerder Designs
    RLMerder Designs says:

    Fantastic design!

  22. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    Congrats Angela!! You definitely deserved this. (Still think you were robbed)

  23. SquirrelGirl aka Angela
    SquirrelGirl aka Angela says:

    Thank you all for your kind words and encouragement. I really appreciate your support. This has meant a lot to me. Special thanks to you Deb, and for all you went through with this too. I still think your design is tops!

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