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The Experiment

About this design:

Colors I like, but I have no usable focal (so I make one out of polymer clay), and I have no usable clasp for connecting one to two strands (so I make one, and a link out of 12 gauge aluminum wire), and I worked on this way too long (so I hate it??). I don't know if this is a keeper (as in, "am I done?") or should I chalk this one up to being a learning experience and gut it?? I need to load my etsy shop but I suck at this.


Pale salmon FW pearls, oddly shaped bricks of sunstone and tourmalinated quartz, Flex Wire in antiqued silver pewter (the only thing from LB but I wasted a TON of it so it is a big factor), 12 gauge aluminum wire, polymer clay. Mostly from my stash.

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  1. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    the last 2 pics are focals I made today. if anyone wants the double flower one, it’s for sale cheap. :) the pink one was just fooling around. that is not a rose–it is supposed to be a fingerprint. (it’s me?) :) Here are some pics of my granddaughters. Jocelyn, Kyla, and Brita.

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  2. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    Becky I love love love it. Your focal you made is gorgeous.
    Here’s what I think you should do. Lose the u shaped connector at the focal. Just connect both strands to the jump ring. It looks like it is different color for some reason and is too different in size from your other wire. Your clasp looks good except once again its too much of a difference in size from your wrapping wire. Everything else is fine…lovely colors.
    I wish I could make a polymer clay.focal like that but.I’m.sure.mine.would.look like playdoh!

  3. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    Your granddaughters are all 3 beautiful!! Weird but when I clicked on them I got sent to some page that said things were moved and.the page I was looking for wasn’t there.

  4. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    Thanks for the tips!!! I made about a dozen links and clasps out of different gauges and I hate them all. I will put it out of sight for awhile and try again. Nothing on my stash looked right but maybe I need to look again. :)

    I am sure you could use PC with enough practice. I didn’t wake up this morning and try it for the first time ever, either. :) I got lucky with the clay– we had the remains of a lot of colors from when my girls used to make things so I had exactly the orange of the sunstones and the clay has glittery sparkles in it, too. It was at least 10 years since it was used but stored in plastic bags so good as new!

    And thanks–I think my baby girls are pretty cute, too. :)

  5. Peggy3
    Peggy3 says:

    It works. I love it. The asymetrical design looks great.
    I hope one day to be able to do one. ;)

  6. Peggy3
    Peggy3 says:

    I forgot to add your granddaughters are beautiful

  7. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    Well I like the u shaped connector and your clasp. I just don’t think they are.right for this piece. Your wrapping wire is so delicate. Those items need to be with something bold and chunky.

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    Beadaholic1 says:

    I agree with all Deb said!

  9. Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick says:

    I think you are being too hard on your self. Your design is great and the colors are perfect with the pendant.

    Take a break from it. Put it in the closet for a week then take it out. You will be able to see what you have even if it isn’t exactly what you had in mind. Who knows it may be better.

  10. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    Thanks! I will. :)

  11. Crazy Beader
    Crazy Beader says:

    There are a lot of good things going on here, Becky ! Love the focal and the design of the necklace. Agree with the others that the clasp is too “heavy”, but I actually like the connector by the pendant – - think it’s in scale with the pendant.
    Those little girls are even cuter than the necklace, though – - -

  12. Asia
    Asia says:

    I love the colors, focal is perfect,design too, but I do agree with Deb about the scale, I would go for something like 18 gauge, maybe 16, otherwise you did really well that wire wrapped clasp is hard to do, I tried them too in annelled steel wire and now can’t find them, maybe I left them behind. Your grand babes are adorable :D

  13. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    You know I looked at the connector again also. I think it would look good here if both sides were attached to it…not one side.

  14. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    You guys are all so helpful. Maybe I won’t tear quite all of my hair out. :) I didn’t have any wire between 12 and 20 in the right color so that was the biggest problem. I made one clasp that I will use in something less sedate that I will refer to as Augie, Aggie’s boyfriend. Augie spent the evening in a saloon and he needs to be a part of a different piece.

  15. Asia
    Asia says:

    :D AUGIE :D

  16. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:


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    Beader Reader Lorie says:

    The Grandchildren are precious!!!
    I am very fond of the polymer pieces. ;)

  18. Laud
    Laud says:

    You’re being too Virgo. :D You should have just posted and let the compliments pour in.

    It’s good. The focal looks professional, the colors and textures are luscious together.

    Pat yourself on the back for the good work you’ve done–and that includes those adorable grandchildren!

  19. Julie Shane
    Julie Shane says:

    Becky, I LOVE LOVE LOVE the focal. Sweet and simple.
    Like the others, I think the large guage is a bit abrupt. what if you used the smaller guage and wrapped the wire around itslef for effect and strength, but similarity in guage. Does that make sense???

    Keep playing with the polymer. I want this pendant in shades of blue!!!

  20. Granny Nancy
    Granny Nancy says:

    I agree, the pendant is gorgeous. Personally I don’t see a problem. I think its lovely.

  21. franny
    franny says:

    Becky, thrilled to see your gorgeous girls (potential jewel bugs!)…wow, Jocelyn has grown since you last posted a pic & the two newbies are just little dreams….personally i like mismatched scale (er, or perhaps i don’t perceive it…like i’m tone-deaf too!) but i can see it would emphasise your delicate work more without the 12 guage.

  22. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    franny–you always make me smile! :) and thank you all for the extremely helpful opinions!!! I will attempt a better clasp and link. :) Another thing I need to be concerned about is the strength of the 24 gauge wire I used to wrap all the beads (the holes were that small!). One link has already broken with the stress of twisting just from connecting and reconnecting it and trying it on a bunch of times. I have rewrapped it but I might just have to try a different design altogether to be able to use all the linked beads. My daughter, Jana, arrived home last night from N.C. because a college roommate is getting married (and my hubby is officiating-he is a pastor working as a teacher :) ). She recommended possibly a multistrand design using the strands but not having them bear the weight. Any thoughts?

  23. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    Well…I’ve used 24g on a few things, like the little green leaf/pearl necklace. But I have used eyepins instead of wire because they are usually stronger. That makes the design have wrap on only one side of a bead. Its not a bad look if you make sure the wrap winds up on the same side all the way through. Pearls are always harder because they do have such tiny holes. Asia is our wire exoert and Lynda/FB is also and I’m sure Angela is as well. Maybe they will weigh in.

  24. Elis Mom
    Elis Mom says:

    I love the overall design! The links seem a bit heavy, though.

    Sometimes with pearls, I use 24G wire, but I make a 2 or 3 times loop, followed by wrapping the stem 2 or 3 times as well. Does that make sense?

  25. Asia
    Asia says:

    Deb, thanks for the vote of confidence, Susie that means that you are double wrapping or doing the messy wraps? Becky, I very seldom use 24 gauge ( my choice is usually 20 or 18 gauge), but if I did I would do the messy wraps too, this way you don’t have to go very tight around the bead, less stress on them, does that make any sense, usually if they have very small holes I use the beading wire.What do you mean by not bearing the weight, that PC pendant is very light.

  26. Elis Mom
    Elis Mom says:

    Hi Asia. If I’m using 24G, I’ll make 2 loops, then messy wrap the stem with 2 or 3 wraps as well.

  27. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    Actually what gave out was the wire at the base of a loop. I am very careful to hold the little buggers still while I wrap. I think it just got bent while I was doing all the redo’s because it was on the last pearl at the pendant. Yeah, the PC is very light but the chain links kink if you don’t let it fall straight before you close the clasp. I love the look of a wrapped chain of small stones but buyers need to understand there is a correct way for this to hang.

  28. Elis Mom
    Elis Mom says:

    I agree, Becky! I also love the look of a wrapped loop chain, but don’t put a lot of faith in some buyers, which is why I usually connect the loops by a jump ring.

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