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Ginko on Fire

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Rather than make or add a bale - I decided to string this pendant right along with the other beads. I found this pendant and the colors in the strand of beads matched perfectly. But no one can tell me what stone it is. Any ideas ? This was one of my fall creations for 2009 -


Unknown Stone Flat Rectangles, Champaign Fresh Water Pearls/Ceramic Raku Pendent, 6mm Swavorski Topaz Crystals, Clear Silver lined 11 Delicas

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    Faithful Chick aka Faith says:

    What ever this is it is beautiful. Congrats on a lovely creation

  2. grama rose aka stormy
    grama rose aka stormy says:

    The focal looks like a leapord jasper to me…is it or maybe unikite I can’t see the colors to well….it is really pretty though…

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    Mary - Sweet Chick says:

    The little rectangles look a bit like Bronzite or possibly Pietersite? Not sure, but your necklace design in beautiful! That Raku pendant is lovely in this!

  4. Wemai Coffee Chick
    Wemai Coffee Chick says:

    This is soo nice!! Congrats on a wonderful creation mixing ceramic, stone and FWP! Hard to say which stone it is – does it sparkle like Muscovite?

  5. Queen Ann Designs
    Queen Ann Designs says:

    This is a beautiful necklace. I love the combination of beads and the pendant is so unique. It’s a hit with me.

  6. Bead-itudes
    Bead-itudes says:

    The stone is a little irridesent – I am pretty sure it is not Bronzite. The stone has alot of red in it – the the photo’s do not show that well. Thank you all for your kind comments. This is one of my favorites of all the pieces I have made lately.

  7. Linda Talbott
    Linda Talbott says:

    I love the raku pendant … is it a ginko leaf? The beads you chose to set it off are perfect, and I love the way you made it a two-strand necklace. Lovely.

  8. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Such a wonderful necklace! I love the two-strand design! :D

  9. Bead-itudes
    Bead-itudes says:

    Hey Beaders – several days ago I was looking around in the garden – and I saw a post where someone had listed a website where you could find free video tutorials to learn new beading techniques. Of course I should have stopped and written down the site right then – but I didn’t – and now I can’t find that post.

    Also – someone mentioned a magazine that has recently been published – that I believe show cases designs from individuals.

    Can anyone tell me that tutorial website and the name of the magazine???

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    Brenda H says:

    I love this, can I ask where you got this terrific pendant? I’m not sure about the website, but I think it’s

  11. Bead-itudes
    Bead-itudes says:

    I got the pendant at my local bead shop here in Charlotte, NC. The lady who owns the shop knows someone who makes the ceramic pendants for her. She always has something different everytime I go.
    Thanks for the tip on the tutorial site. I wrote it down this time.

  12. Leigh D
    Leigh D says:

    This is absolutely lovely. Your pick of beads highlights the pendant wonderfully. I have a feeling the rectangle stones are pietersite – which often has alot of red in it.

  13. Bead-itudes
    Bead-itudes says:

    I think you might be right about it being Pietersite. Several other posts suggested that as well. Thanks – I believe this mystery stone has been solved.

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    Faithful Chick aka Faith says:

    The way the color and irridescent perarlized burgundy color play off are you sure this stone is not a ceramic piece? It looks like a lot of the leaves that are dipped in gold and then have a glaze over them. I am by no means suggesting this is a leaf. I lived next door to a huge ginko tree in Ohio and the leaves are not so deeply veined as this. I am sure it could be a cut stone but I still do not see the banding to look that natural a play. Just a guess however, if you are open to suggestions here.

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    Faithful Chick aka Faith says:

    What ever it is I would simply enjoy it’s beauty and scrape in the compliments it is sure to bring.

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    Vampire Chickie Ravin says:

    So is this, though I picture it with something really sensual and sophisticated. There is something about this piece that is extremely feminine and sensuous. It’s something that would make you feel sexy wearing it. ::blush:: Sorry if that was too blatant…

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    Vampire Chickie Ravin says:

    Ya know….well, I’m not really great with my stones yet, but it almost looks as if it could be carved, and highly polished, peacock rock. Maybe?:-/

  18. Bead-itudes
    Bead-itudes says:

    Hi Ladies
    By looking at the back of the leaf pendant – it definately looks like Ceramic to me.
    The rectangle beads used in the rest of the necklace are not ceramic. The picture does not show it – but the beads have depth to them. Like you can kinda see into them – if you know what I mean. I wish my camera could get a closer shot without it blurring so you could see what I mean.

    Anyway – I am glad you like this piece. It is one of my favorites.

  19. Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick says:

    Well, Bead-itudes, when confronted with a stone that you are not sure about call it Jasper or Agate. You have about a 90% chance of being right. :)

    Your mystery stone looks a bit like brecciated jasper which frequently has translucent quartz ribbons or patches in it. I vote for jasper! :D

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    Faithful Chick aka Faith says:

    I love this necklace. I love all the comments it has sparked. It reminded me so much of a childhood poem in an ancient set of books by Child Craft. The poem is called The Blind Men And The Elephant. Basically it tells about six blind men who come upon and elephant none of which have ever seen an elephant. Each of the six men comes in contact with a different part of the elephant. They all argue about their discription as to it being right, however the combination being closer to the right end. It is too long to print.

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    Faithful Chick aka Faith says:

    I even got into the conversation a second time and typed I thought the ginko leaf was ceramic. So funny. I love it.

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    Faithful Chick aka Faith says:

    If you go to google and type in The Blind Men and the Elephant you can read this cute poem, with a wonderful antedote following. The poem was written by John Godfrey Saxe (1816-1887) My oh my he lived a long time ago

  23. Bead-itudes
    Bead-itudes says:

    I missed all your comments Faith. I was just checking to see what designs I had posted so I would accidently repost something – and realized I had more posts on this piece I hadn’t seen.

    Cute story about the Blind Men and the Elephant. I will check it our on Google.

    Glad you like the piece.

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