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About this design:

The earrings were the starting point for this set - -saw a similar design on another website and just had to try it myself. The simple design of the necklace was inspired by the seed bead necklaces that Jolene posted last March. Also, this is my first experiment with magatama beads - - decided to use them just in the center of the necklace, then used size 8 and 11 seed beads on the sides and back. Finished length 18 inches.


From Lima Beads: black magatama and seed beads. From Other Sources: 8mm Czech olivine tortise triangles, 12 mm Czech olivine triangles, green glass beads and rondelles from my stash. Finished with black chain and findings.

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  1. Gail Layne
    Gail Layne says:

    Oh WOW! Love, love, love these! Absolutely freakin gorgeous! I want!! The style reminds me of Art Deco. Seriously striking!!

  2. Crazy Beader
    Crazy Beader says:

    Thanks, Gail – - hadn’t thought of them as Art Deco, but I am always drawn to anything that is from that era !

  3. Beadzilla aka Wanda
    Beadzilla aka Wanda says:

    Very nice! I love the look the magatamas give the piece, and the green is so striking against the black. The design of the earrings is perfect for those triangles. Gorgeous Paula!

  4. foxhill designs vt
    foxhill designs vt says:

    Paula, I LOVE this set!!! The magatamas are so fun to work with. Love the design and the color combination.
    PS-I sent you a reply.

  5. Crazy Beader
    Crazy Beader says:

    Will look for your message, Jolene – - and thanks for the inspiration for this necklace !

  6. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    Fabulous!! I love how magatamas stack! :)

  7. sunny chick
    sunny chick says:

    So very pretty! ;)

  8. AllureofGemsGlamJulia
    AllureofGemsGlamJulia says:

    Very lovely :) What size magatama did you use?5mm?

  9. Crazy Beader
    Crazy Beader says:

    Glad you like the design, Julia – - the magatamas are 3mm.

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    Beadaholic1 says:

    Green and black are one of my favorite color combos! Love the triangle Czech beads…but then, I am a big fan of ALL Czech beads! LOL This is a great design, and love the use of magatamas!

  11. NY Bella
    NY Bella says:

    So pretty!

  12. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    Gail is right this is very Art Deco looking. Love the translucent green czechs! And magatamas stacked again!!! How have I missed that they stack like that!! I want matte colors!!

  13. Crazy Beader
    Crazy Beader says:

    Gosh, Deb, with you were close enough to come over to my house – - have some matte iris brown magatamas and need an inspiration to use them ! And those little beads just line themselves right up like magic – - -

  14. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    You want inspiration…go look for Bead Me Up Buttercup, Songbeads, the Curious Bead Shop, Smitten Beads….all have facebook & Etsy stores. They use a lot of matte peanut seed beads in their jewelry. Similiar to magatamas…they are the perfect texture/filler/ending in a necklace.

  15. franny
    franny says:

    classy but wearable anywhere, anytime…love the translucent green with black & geometric design!

  16. Crazy Beader
    Crazy Beader says:

    thanks for your kind comments everyone ! And thanks, Deb, for the “leads” on where to find some new inspiration – - -

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