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"Diamonds and Rust" - Copacabana (YOUR Personal Challenge too!)

About this design:

* THIS POSTING IS MY SECOND POSTING for the "Diamonds and Rust" Challenge (if you need to see the details, I've attached them in the instructions section for this set), called, COPACABANA. So many fun colors that name just seemed to fit.

The reason that I decided to post it for this challenge is because I've been saving all of my lampwork, gemstones and vermeil beads. So decided to mix them and pull out all the stops and use these luscious beads. And, I don't really care for yellow or orange, so made it a mission to find a way to use them in this design.

The necklace has a lovely large round spree lampwork bead and the bracelet a coordinating large round lampwork bead. Also are luscious blue dotted lampwork beads, carnelian, micro faceted citrine, faceted carnelian, faceted tanzanite blue quartz, aquamarine in several sizes, white coin pearls, deep blue pearls, mystic pink topaz and lots and lots of vermeil beads.

Hope you are having a great creative weekend and that you like this set!


See above.

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Step-by-Step Instructions:

Step 1:
Here's all you need to do:
* Sift through your beads and pull out some that you've been saving (or an article/picture) about a technique that you'd like to try.
* The project can be in any design and bead combination, but it needs to use some special beads to you, a special new technique for you, or basically give you a reason to write a bit and let us know why you have saved these beads (or this technique) for this occasion!
* The project can be dressy or casual, hence the name "Diamonds and Rust" ... copper, silver, gold, just beads, wire, string, yarn, leather, PMC, you name it.
* This project shouldn't cost you anything, please use what you have readily available or improvise. Afterall, this Challenge is all about learning or doing something different than your 'normal thing'!
* If you feel the need to buy something to 'round out your materials', please buy your items from Lima Beads!
* Work on your project and submit it anytime between now and 10/31/10.
* Title your work "Diamonds and Rust" - NAME OF PROJECT, so we can easily check out your items that you are posting for this Personal Challenge.
Step 2:
* Good news: This Challenge may also help you get a head start on your holiday projects.
* For those of you who remember the 1975 Joan Baez song, or those who haven't heard it, check out the lyrics/tune to "Diamonds and Rust"!

(Words and Music by Joan Baez)

Well I'll be damned
Here comes your ghost again
But that's not unusual
It's just that the moon is full
And you happened to call
And here I sit
Hand on the telephone
Hearing a voice I'd known
A couple of light years ago
Heading straight for a fall

As I remember your eyes
Were bluer than robin's eggs
My poetry was lousy you said
Where are you calling from?
A booth in the midwest
Ten years ago
I bought you some cufflinks
You brought me something
We both know what memories can bring
They bring diamonds and rust

Well you burst on the scene
Already a legend
The unwashed phenomenon
The original vagabond
You strayed into my arms
And there you stayed
Temporarily lost at sea
The Madonna was yours for free
Yes the girl on the half-shell
Would keep you unharmed

Now I see you standing
With brown leaves falling around
And snow in your hair
Now you're smiling out the window
Of that crummy hotel
Over Washington Square
Our breath comes out white clouds
Mingles and hangs in the air
Speaking strictly for me
We both could have died then and there

Now you're telling me
You're not nostalgic
Then give me another word for it
You who are so good with words
And at keeping things vague
Because I need some of that vagueness now
It's all come back too clearly
Yes I loved you dearly
And if you're offering me diamonds and rust
I've already paid
© 1975 Chandos Music (ASCAP)

Read the comments (or add your own)

  1. grama rose aka stormy
    grama rose aka stormy says:

    I LOVE IT! you are amazing Shannon this is so wonderful!!!

  2. No Photo
    K H says:

    This is great! Doesn’t it feel great to turn something you don’t really care for into something you love? :)

  3. NY Bella
    NY Bella says:

    Love this set! Way cool!

  4. The Dud
    The Dud says:

    Beautiful – reminds me of Mardi Gras!

  5. Daisy Chick - Dawn
    Daisy Chick - Dawn says:

    Pretty Set! Thanks you for the inspiration I had to submit two of my designs hope you like them! I do want to try another piece using alot of leftovers!

  6. amkcreations aka Amanda
    amkcreations aka Amanda says:

    This is very pretty.

  7. Mommykat Bubbly Chick
    Mommykat Bubbly Chick says:

    Wow! Shannon, this is Terriffic! Very creative, Bright, & Happy piece! I love it! :D

  8. Boston Lady
    Boston Lady says:

    Shannon, this is a very pretty necklace and bracelet set. I love the colors you put together from odds and ends. They all go so nicely together. Good job.

  9. Linda Talbott
    Linda Talbott says:

    Gorgeous. I love the way everything came together.

  10. Jewelry by Shannon
    Jewelry by Shannon says:

    Thanks you all … funny how the focal beads pulled all those colors together. Pulling out the beads I’ve been saving has been a lot of fun!! SLS

  11. Beadlady3 aka Cindy
    Beadlady3 aka Cindy says:

    This set is sooo beautiful!

    How did I miss that there was a challenge? As soon as my fingers thaw out (just got back from a soccer game, we won!) I’m digging through my “special bead stash!”

  12. karen blasdel
    karen blasdel says:

    Stunning!!! You did an amazing job on this set!!!

  13. Jewelry by Shannon
    Jewelry by Shannon says:

    Thank you Cindy! Look forward to seeing what you’ve got hiding in your ‘special bead stash’ … this challenge is a lot of fun!!

    Thank you Karen — the gemstones and lampwork seem to go so well together. Who knew — I sure didn’t till I started putting things together.
    :-) SLS

  14. Lynn g
    Lynn g says:

    Love this!!!! I love all the differnt colors you used, and all the shapes..

  15. Jewelry by Shannon
    Jewelry by Shannon says:

    Thank you Lynn! SLS

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