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Hoot commissioned by Granny Nancy

About this design:

Granny Nancy sent me a passel of purple and picture jasper beads and the idea of a design. After much redoing, I tore the thing apart and decided to let the beads dictate the design. I hope you like it, Nancy! Hoot is sliding on the chain so you can place the necklace at different spots around your neck. I hope the pictures show that.


Purple Crazy Lace Agate, Czech glass, Swarovski crystal, Picture Jasper, Ceramic beads, Kylie Parry Hoot, antiqued brass findings, chain, gunmetal artistic wire, and magatamas. I made all the wire components and the clasp and I also added 5 8mm round Lilac Stones from my stash and a few triangular brass spacers.

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  1. Laud
    Laud says:

    Oh, this is FABULOUS! The colors are superb, the unexpected elements keep the design flowing, and the wirework is wonderful. I like how you mixed sparklies with more rustic bits, which makes the piece adaptable for dress or casual clothing. Of course, Hootie is, as always, the scene stealer.

    Nancy should be thrilled–I’d be!

  2. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    :) Thanks! She also sent along some dyed purple line agate but because they are so sparkly and clear I just couldn’t work them in. It needed the rustic bits and it took me all those trial and errors to let that happen. I was wishing I had some picture jasper spears but I think this finally turned out ok. :)

  3. Crazy Beader
    Crazy Beader says:

    Now “Give a Hoot” has a brand new meaning, Becky ! Love the way you have made Hootie mobile – - and the whole design is just perfect.

  4. Asia
    Asia says:

    She will love this, I also like that the hoot is mobile and all the wire work :D

  5. Gail Layne
    Gail Layne says:

    Wow! This is fabulous! I love your wire work, especially the clasp! The rustic bits are fantastic! I think they are what keeps it from being too “cutsie” and gives it so much versatility. There is nothing here not to like! Great job!!

  6. Beadzilla aka Wanda
    Beadzilla aka Wanda says:

    Love the colors and design! That hooty is so cute. What a fantastic piece you have made for Nancy, she will love it!

  7. Nancy Mc
    Nancy Mc says:

    A feast for the eyes,and how much fun would it be to wear this? I could write a book,about your work,but don’t wanna take up all the band width. (whatever that is) ;)

  8. Granny Nancy
    Granny Nancy says:

    Omigosh Becky… its awesome – what’s a better word for awesome. I can’t wait to get it around my neck. I love Hootie – I wish there were mini Hooties and have Hootie earrings. But the colors are perfectly asymmetrically arranged and everything belongs where it is. I couldn’t ask for a better design. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it.

    Those green agates are for you. Have fun some day creating something for yourself or whatever. I have my beautiful Hootie necklace and I couldn’t be more pleased.

    I’ll post more after I get Hootie “home.” :)

  9. Granny Nancy
    Granny Nancy says:

    I have to say also that I really appreciate the effort you put into that necklace for me. I’m going thru such a rough patch right now. I’m finally at the finish line with the taxes. Just a bit more to finish up.

    But in doing all that I’ve neglected my house and there’s clutter and piles of paper all over the place. Its so frustrating that I’ve now reached that day that I have to realize its time to downsize big time and do it all alone with my memories of the man I lived with for 53 years and loved for many more. We were in high school together.

    My bead room (guest bedroom) looks like there has been a bead explosion. Before I got heavily into the tax thing, I tried to make some things and got blocked with each one and put them aside. I started a new one – something very simple and clasic but not symmetrical. I think this may end up being on the way to the finish line. I’ve done little bits on it as I could or very early in the AM when I was restless but too tired to do anything else.

    When its done I’ll post it as I bought the gems from LB. Its very simple – no grand design. Again Becky, you have been such a good beader friend to put all that effort into my Hootie and purple at that. Love you.

  10. Granny Nancy
    Granny Nancy says:

    I just saw the clasp, how clever.!

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    Beadaholic1 says:

    What a HOOT this is…love the design, and from what I’ve read, you sure have made Granny Nancy one happy lady! Kudos my friend!

  12. SquirrelGirl aka Angela
    SquirrelGirl aka Angela says:

    Becky, this is such a beautiful design with your soft colors and brilliant wirework. Love the sliding Hootie! I’m swooning over this as I’m sure is Nancy.

  13. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    Wow, you guys are way too kind! :) Thanks so much, all of you!! I was just hoping for a little “yeah, that’ll work”. It was Nancy who gave me all the colors, most of the beads, and the double strand idea. She just needed help putting it together. She is one talented lady with a great eye for design!

  14. nutz4beadz
    nutz4beadz says:

    Wonderful design, love all the different bits and pieces, hoot is a hit.
    Nancy, I hope little hoot smoothes out the “rough patch”.

  15. Peggy3
    Peggy3 says:

    Wow! You have some talent. I couldn’t put together a design like this in a million years. So much to look and so perfect.

    And what a wonderful friend you are to Nancy.

    Nancy I hope your troubles pass soon. My Mom lost my Dad at 49 years of marriage. It wasn’t easy for her either. * Hugs*

  16. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Becky, you said you were hoping for a little “yeah, that’ll work.” Well, there it is. LOL ;)

    I’m not sure what else there is to say, except this is AMAZING!!! The colors, components, design, sweet little Hootie (no Blowfish…LOL), your original/created components….WOW! What talent you have, Becky! :D

    Nancy, what a lucky Chicky you are to be getting this beautiful one-of-a-kind piece from Becky. I’m sure it is “winging” its way to you! :) Sure hope things are looking up for you, dear friend! Hugs to you! :)

    P.S. Everyone kept complimenting you on the clasp, Becky, and I kept thinking “What clasp?” After looking at the pictures 3 (yes, 3!) times, I finally found it! LOL Very clever! 8)

  17. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Becky, I just added this to my faves so I can come back & admire it whenever I want! :D

    Sending big hugs to you, too, my friend! 8)

  18. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    Love you back, Lynn!!! :) !!

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    JC Hamm says:

    This is such a fantastic piece, your work is amazing.I’m not very good with expressing my self with words,so I’ll just ditto what everyone else has said.I just love it.

  20. Lynn g
    Lynn g says:

    Wow this is wonderful,and Nancy you are a lucky lady.. I love owls and all the components you used.. This a fav. for me too :)

  21. franny
    franny says:

    just so ‘cutie pathootie’, Beckie….great selection of beads from Nancy & you’ve done them proud….& Nancy, will you please post a pic of you wearing this adorable piece!

  22. Fresh Baked
    Fresh Baked says:

    The necklace alone is a beautiful piece of jewelry. Becky, it is perfect!
    But I have to say that I was touched by all the comments here that show such a wonderful, supportive community of beady friends.

  23. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    I know–these chickies are the BEST!

  24. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    Geez Becky….this is by far one of the cutest/coolest things you’ve made. I love your beaded clasp (magatamas are almost as cool as peanuts), love your wire ring connectors, love your messy wrapped ends (hmmm…possible copying), love the colors, love how Hootie flies around on the chain, love all the different beads together. What’s not to love about this necklace?!?!

  25. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    Thanks, Deb, and I just saw your necklace for Nancy. :) Great work on that, sister!!

  26. Robin Alayne
    Robin Alayne says:

    Love this. So happy & inviting

  27. Jmc
    Jmc says:

    Wow! This is a cool necklace.

  28. Michelle
    Michelle says:

    Lovely necklace, lovely colours and love the owl !!
    Sorry you are feeling so sad at the mo Nancy, I hope you will feel brighter soon, along with your happy memories.

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