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The Mermaid's Pearls

About this design:

The Gaea mermaid pendant was a gift. It's so beautiful I really wanted to do it justice. Hopefully I have. The little blue "rice" shaped beads I don't know what they are...but according to several knowledgeable people here are apatite. The silver bumpy beads I picked because they look like bumpy sea urchin or starfish skin. The blue tassel on the pendant was actually part of the string the blue beads were on. I didn't like any beads I tried there.


Gaea Mermaid pendant. (Gift) Czech glass mint julep. (LB) Freshwater potato pearls. (Michaels) Blue rice apatite beads. (Gift) Bumpy silver beads. (Walmart) TOHO aqua lined seed beads. (LB) Shell button. (Hancock Fabrics)

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  1. Granny Nancy
    Granny Nancy says:

    Deb, this is gorgeous~!

  2. Laud
    Laud says:

    Delicate and lovely. The tassel is an inspired addition.

  3. NY Bella
    NY Bella says:

    This is so pretty, Deb! I love the design and color combo! Fab job!

  4. Elis Mom
    Elis Mom says:

    Deb, this is fabulous! I really like the asymmetrical design, and the colors are vibrant and feminine. I think the little blue rice beads may be apatite….

  5. Elis Mom
    Elis Mom says:

    Deb, do you need peanut seed beads?

  6. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    Oh I forgot….peanut seed beads would be wonderful…ooohhmmm!!

    Seriously apatite?!?! Wow! I’m stunned.

    Thank you Granny/Nancy, Laud, Maria, ans Susie.

  7. Elis Mom
    Elis Mom says:

    Peanut seed beads would be great!

    MMMmmmmm! Apatite…so beachy! Looks lovely with your mermaid!

  8. Gail Layne
    Gail Layne says:

    I hear waves crashing! This is fab! Using the tassel was inspired! I especially love how you attached the pendant and the button.

  9. Beadzilla aka Wanda
    Beadzilla aka Wanda says:

    Love everything about this. Gorgeous!!

  10. KatsAllThat
    KatsAllThat says:

    Everything about this is so RIGHT!

  11. SquirrelGirl aka Angela
    SquirrelGirl aka Angela says:

    What a beautiful necklace Deb! I especially like your button closure and the tassel. What clever design elements. I always keep those strings too but have yet to do anything with them, ’till now. I’ll be making tassels this weekend! Thank you for the inspiration!

  12. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    Thanks Angela…the button closure was a last minute decision because I didn’t really have a clasp that went wth it. And I wanted something beachy like a shell. The tassel was just a….well. why not?. The hole is too far up for anything but a big jump ring. No bead looked right…all too big, wrong color…

    Thanks also Gail, KatsAllThat, & Wanda.

  13. Fresh Baked
    Fresh Baked says:

    Beautiful design, Deb. Thanks for sharing you inspiration and decision making on this piece. It enlightens and inspires me! And yes, I also agree, those look like apatite.

  14. Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick says:

    The design is great and the color is fabulous and the tassel is so right! :)

  15. Peggy3
    Peggy3 says:

    Very cool. The addition of the tassel is great

  16. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    So cool!! You have a gift, Deb!! :)
    Peanut beads…. mmmmmmmmmmmmm

  17. Chicky Zee aka Alice
    Chicky Zee aka Alice says:

    Lovely !

  18. Asia
    Asia says:

    Deb, this is simply divine, PEANUT SEED BEADS PLEASE :D :D :D

  19. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    Asia is back!!! Thank you and yea for picking up on our peanut seed bead beg-a-thon. I have even tried subliminal peanut seed beads messaging in some of my peanut seed beads posts. Not sure if its peanut seed beads working.

  20. Asia
    Asia says:

    :D , we can try, also sent them a private message, off to work I go :D

  21. Nancy Mc
    Nancy Mc says:

    Deb..I’m a little “tardy”but want to say how stunning this piece is. I’m sure the rice beads are probably Apatite or perhaps dyed Quartz?
    (I have some dyed blue Quartz that are dead ringers for Apatite).At any rate,it’s a lovely design,and your work shows so much patience and thought. I agree that the button is great!

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