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For Melissa

About this design:

I had a customer named Melissa asked me to rework a strand of plain glass bright teal beads. They were her mothers, she thought they needed a little something added. No problem. She is a tall, red-headed woman, so I started with copper. . .and ran with it!


I added Smoky quartz, Shell, Kyanite, African Opal, Red Aventurine, Dalmatian and Fieldspath Jasper as well as wood and Swarovski crystals.

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  1. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    You sure added just the right “little something” to those plain beads for Melissa! Great job! :D Now she has something to remember of her mom’s with an added twist! Love the focal piece you added, too.

  2. Leslie W Mtn Chick
    Leslie W Mtn Chick says:

    Very nice! I like the way you used the silver seed beads in the stringing and on the bail.

  3. Wemai Coffee Chick
    Wemai Coffee Chick says:

    A very nice necklace! You did a great job on this!

  4. CAS
    CAS says:

    Scrumptious necklace! I love how you mixed Melissa’s vintage beads with a diverse but ultimately VERY pleasing bunch of beads.

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    Lynda aka DivaChick says:

    really beautiful color palette. Very inspiring!

  6. WireWrangler
    WireWrangler says:

    CAS said it! Scrumptious colors and stones. The 3 strands of these on a tall red head… WOW! How did you finish this? Just curious.
    If you run into any additinal teal beads let me know, I am looking for teal or indicolite like colors, natural if possible.
    Thank you!

  7. Fashion Chick aka SC
    Fashion Chick aka SC says:

    This is a beautiful necklace! I love the pendant!

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    Mary - Sweet Chick says:

    I love what you did with this!
    Love the earthy, chunky nuggets, it has a woodsy feel.
    What is the big pendant bead made of?

  9. Valentine Chick
    Valentine Chick says:

    This piece is beautiful!

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    Bead Buzz Chick says:

    I finished this piece with a sterling silver 3 strand tube clasp. The large pendant is a Swarovski crystal 40mm cosmic shaped pendant in copper.

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    Evelyn W says:

    Lucky Melissa! this is really beautiful. and how rewarding for you to get to make something so meaningful for someone. this might become an heirloom if she has a daughter (grand daughter). how cool for you and especially her.

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