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Amazonite and Agate

About this design:

Loved these colors together. The dull matteness of the amazonite looks great with the translucent agate.


LB - Black Gold Amazonite Matte Tumbled oval, LB - Emerald Fire Agate Matte Round(10 mm), 11/0 seed beads matte black, 3 mm druks matte black, 2 seed beadsgr een 15/0

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    MH says:

    Precious color combination- this is lovely!!

  2. K Ralston
    K Ralston says:

    Just lovely. The stones are perfect together. There’s really no way to beat natural stones. Looks like you are ready for the opera now too.

  3. Maggies Mom
    Maggies Mom says:

    Totally agree! I’m not too much of a green fan, but this is really soft and pretty! I put it into my favorites as an inspiration piece.

  4. dolllady aka Pam
    dolllady aka Pam says:

    What an absolutely outstanding set! The colors are so perfect together. Kuddos for putting them together!

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    Happy Girl says:

    Brand new to your website. Love the “Swan Dream” project under the Design Gallery. You are brilliant!
    Happy Girl

  6. Beady Little Eyes
    Beady Little Eyes says:

    Thank you all so much. Happy Girl – I love the Swan Dream earrings also. K Ralston does beautiful work!

  7. kye
    kye says:

    Beautiful! Love those yummy stones.

  8. Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary says:

    Great piece! I LOVE matte beads! I especially like how you added the tiny matte druks between the stones–they really accentuate the other beads and visually pull the black out of the Amazonite. :)

  9. Beady Little Eyes
    Beady Little Eyes says:

    Thank you. I’m not used to working with heavy stones and I’m afraid it’s gonna stretch – may have to redo it. CC – I agree – matte beads are great.

  10. Granny Nancy
    Granny Nancy says:

    Very pretty. Great combo.

  11. Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary says:

    Beady, Why are you worried it will stretch; what did you string it on? I can’t quite tell from the photos. It can be a challenge to figure out what to use….leather, C-lon, beading wire, etc….I have quite a collection of materials, as each piece can have it’s own unique qualities to take into consideration.

  12. Beady Little Eyes
    Beady Little Eyes says:

    Hi Crystal- I used Fireline (8 lb) and used 4 strands. What would you recommend?

  13. Beady Little Eyes
    Beady Little Eyes says:

    Just saw your comment Nancy. Thank you.

  14. Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary says:

    Beady, I know what you mean about stretching–it’s happened to me several times with different types of materials. For this project and others using gemstones, my choice would be a jewelry stringing wire such as Soft Flex or Beadalon for example. The thickness of the wire would depend on the weight of the piece/stones. I have sizes from .012 for my petite projects to .019 for the slightly heavier ones. You would need to use crimps to secure the wire; and on very heavy projects, I double crimp for extra assurance. In all these years, I’ve only have one wire start to slip, and it was because I had used some cheaper crimps to secure it. (Don’t skimp on the quality of the crimps.) Wire doesn’t have the great flexibility that softer mediums do, but if that is desirable, you can purchase 49 strand rather than the common 7 strand wire for a more flexible drape. Only certain projects, in my opinion, need that flexibility, so cost-wise, the lower strand wire works fine.
    Everyone likes different ways to string this style of necklace–Hope others will post what they would use! I’d love to hear other opinions too! :)

  15. Beady Little Eyes
    Beady Little Eyes says:

    Thanks so much Crystal – I have some Beadalon but I think the crimps might be too large or maybe the wire is too thin – it’s .015. So I had trouble with that too. I realized only this morning that I could use 2 crimps – that might work! I’m not very experienced with crimps. I really appreciate all the information. Thanks again.

  16. Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary says:

    Crimping takes much practice–and a crimp tool is definitely the best way to go. The more you do it, the easier it gets, and confidence grows. Be sure to size the crimps in accord with the wire size. Often it will say on the wire spool what size crimp to use as they are not all the same. Have fun beading Beady! :)

  17. Beady Little Eyes
    Beady Little Eyes says:

    Thanks Crystal. I do have a crimping tool but you’re right – I don’t have much experience with it. The first part of the tool flattens the crimp and the other part folds it in half. I’ll try again. Thanks so much for your help. I’ll check out the wire and crimps and give it another try. Happy beading to you too!

  18. Deborah C Dallas
    Deborah C Dallas says:

    Soft Flex comes in 3 sizes-fine, medium and heavy. I prefer to use the 49 strand and often the medium works for most projects. The heavy would be for heavier beads especially if the necklace was quite long. No matter what you use, the beading wire will stretch over time.

  19. Beady Little Eyes
    Beady Little Eyes says:

    Thanks for the info Deborah.

  20. Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick says:

    Nothing like being way late on my comments. Very versatile and classic design on the necklace and ear rings. Love the soft color.

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