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Sharon's Scarabs

About this design:

My friend Sharon & I spent a lovely afternoon together recently. First, we worked in her friend's vegetable garden, weeding and harvesting part of a bumper crop of tomatoes. Then we went for ice cream. And then Sharon DRUG me into the LBS next to the ice cream place!

Pic #1 are the earring Sharon asked me to make for her. I sacrificed my Vintage scarabs (Lima Beads!) out of my ears to make them...

Pics 2 & 3 are other fun earrings I made out my loot. I had so much fun!


1. Green/White/Brown Glass Squares, Peridot Green Crystal Rondelles, Vintage Brass Scarab, Niobium wire & earwires. 2. Assorted Glass Beads, Montana Blue Crystal Saucer, s/p headpins & surgical steel earwires. 3. 'Creamsickle Quartz' (dyed) w/lacy beadcaps I squeezed into taco shape, Niobium wire & earwires; inlaid wood marquise shaped beads, Cu/Pewter spacers, 4mm rd black glass beads; Frosted glass coins w/ brush-strokes of color, sterling spacers.

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  1. Eeka Mouse
    Eeka Mouse says:

    We also found this cool strand of rectangular stone beads labeled ‘died howlite’. I’m not sure if it was REALLY howlite, but it has an amazing dye job:Purple shading into creamy lavenders with pine green shading into creamier greens, plus one bead that’s mostly blue! Have any of you seen these? Know what they are???

  2. Eeka Mouse
    Eeka Mouse says:

    oops, forgot the picture; here it is:


  3. Lynn g
    Lynn g says:

    These are all very nice, Love those beetles.

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    Science Chick Runs Sibes says:

    Love Sharon’s earrings…definitely have to get some of those scarab beetles for myself. Like the others too–you’re so right about that creamcycle color (got to control the urge to lick the screen, LOL).

  5. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    EM, all of these earrings are so lovely — great job! Wish I could help with your “mystery strand” — whatever it is, it is gorgeous!!! :D

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    Chicky Zee aka Alice says:

    These are alll nice !

  7. Dragons Chicky
    Dragons Chicky says:

    Lovely earrings and wow on the bead strand!

  8. Mommykat Bubbly Chick
    Mommykat Bubbly Chick says:

    Looks like you had a lot of fun playing! You have a very nice selection of earrings here!

  9. Chicky Bear-Tara
    Chicky Bear-Tara says:

    These are all great earrings!

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    Cotopaxi Chickie Sue says:

    I love them all! And I really love your mystery strand – doesn’t look like howlite to me, but it sure looks like a strand I’d like in my collection! Great find! :D

  11. Linda Talbott
    Linda Talbott says:

    I really love all the earrings. Glad you had fun with your friend.

  12. karen blasdel
    karen blasdel says:

    Awesome earrings!!

  13. Eeka Mouse
    Eeka Mouse says:

    Dyed mystery stones faded in sunlight. Grump grump grump!

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