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Blue Danube

About this design:

I've been trying to do something with Lapis for a while but everything I put with it just seemed to distract from it rather than accent it. I loved the lampwork bead from Sky Valley but then had nothing that would tie in with the carmel swirls. When Deb told me about Arte Bella I found the Czech glass rectangles which I wrapped the black chain around. To add a little more of a chain look two different sizes of jump rings were added to the links. So what do you think?


Lapis, Black Czech Glass Squares and Blue Goldstone from LB. Lampwork Bead from Sky Valley. Golden Czech Glass beads from Art Bella. Black chain, gold filled wire, findings and clasp from stash.

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  1. Beadzilla aka Wanda
    Beadzilla aka Wanda says:

    This is a fantastic way to display the Lapis, Gail! Love how you did the focal bar with the chain. I did a focal bar about 2 weeks ago, but wasn’t happy with the whole look. So I’m still working on it. Yours on the other hand came out perfect. I love it!

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    JC Hamm says:

    The only word I could come up with when I seen this, “Magnificent”.The focal bead is lusious.Beautiful work. I love this piece, going into my faves. :)

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    Beadaholic1 says:

    This is another stunner for sure! That focal bead is to die for, and everything else works perfectly. Great design…love it!

  4. JenniferLynn
    JenniferLynn says:

    Wow! What a gorgeous design! That focal really lets the lapis shine, love how you wrapped the chain around those rectangles and incorporated the chain in the focal centerpiece. Great work!

  5. Chicky Zee aka Alice
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  6. Far West
    Far West says:

    To me it says magic.

  7. Asia
    Asia says:

    Gorgeous colors and I love what you done with the chain :D

  8. Gail Layne
    Gail Layne says:

    Thanks for the kind words. This was sort of an experiment which is always a bit nerve-wracking.

  9. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    Gail it is beautiful. I swear I thought the chain the focal is hanging from was a filigree piece…very cool effect. Love the chain around the czech beads.
    Glad you like ArteBella. She has some gorgeous czech glass that’s for sure.

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