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

About this design:

This is my third entry for the Diamonds and Rust Challenge called Melange (medley of colors) ... luscious gemstones, vermeil and lampworked beads. (If you need to see the Challenge details again, I have them listed under Instructions for this and my previous design.)

You know, I have a hard time using these from my little stash, so just had to continue working with them after making my Copa set.

The bracelets are meant to be worn together or apart ... even though the colors are so different on each, believe it or not, they look great together.

Off for a swim before it gets too late ... SLS


Various gemstones: Green amethyst, Amethyst, Blue Topaz, Electric Blue Quartz, Pink Tourmaline, Lampwork Glsss, Green Garnet, Mystic Topaz, etc.

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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.

Read the comments (or add your own)

  1. FaeryGoth Chick
    FaeryGoth Chick says:

    Gorgeous bracelet!

  2. amkcreations aka Amanda
    amkcreations aka Amanda says:

    Very pretty

  3. The Dud
    The Dud says:

    Gorgeous! I Love the fact that you can wear them separately, or together.

  4. NY Bella
    NY Bella says:

    Love them!

  5. Mommykat Bubbly Chick
    Mommykat Bubbly Chick says:

    Oh, lovely! Shannon, you done good!

  6. Boston Lady
    Boston Lady says:

    Shannon, these bracelets were meant to be worn together. They are gorgeous. You must have quite the stash of beads in your treasure box. Wow! I absolutely love the color combos. Great job!

  7. grama rose aka stormy
    grama rose aka stormy says:

    shannon when I first saw this I thought oh Shanon made a mutiple strand bracelet too : how funny great mindS!! LOL I love the fact that you can wear them separate they are wonderful but I really do think they look marvelous together! So very beautiful as all your things are! YFIB Deb

  8. Daisy Chick - Dawn
    Daisy Chick - Dawn says:

    Very cool! My girls went to school with the guys in the group “Plain White Tee’s”. I did one time literally have Billy Jean King bump into me. I love the bracelets!

  9. Skittles mommy
    Skittles mommy says:

    GORGEOUS! Love them all!

  10. Mahala RockChick
    Mahala RockChick says:

    Very pretty! The blue and green is my favorite!

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    Cotopaxi Chickie Sue says:

    Beautiful together, and beautiful apart! These are wonderful, Shannon! :D

  12. karen blasdel
    karen blasdel says:

    Shannon these are all stunning together or apart!! Love your choices of gemstones!!

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    Chicky Zee aka Alice says:


  14. sunny chick
    sunny chick says:

    Shannon, your bracelet is gorgeous! 8O

  15. Jewelry by Shannon
    Jewelry by Shannon says:

    Thank you all!! Your comments mean a lot to me. Mahala93 — I like the blue and green one too … HAD to make a coordinating necklace for that one. May have to post it so you all can see it. The gray pearls on the necklace really ‘jump’ out at you when mixed with the green amethyst, blue topaz and lampwork. SLS

  16. Shanti P
    Shanti P says:

    Shannon, you have such an amazing knack for color combos – I love the idea of stacking these together – beautiful!!

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    Deb D Grammy Chick says:

    These are awesome, Shannon! I love the idea of wearing them individually, or two of them, or all three! Each one is spectacular alone, or in combination! Wonderful job! :D

  18. Lynn g
    Lynn g says:

    Oh I love all these, so many differnt colors.. A neat idea too!

  19. Cecilia-Gems of Heaven
    Cecilia-Gems of Heaven says:

    Shannon – absolutely beautiful. Love all the colors and I’m sure you’re keeping this one for yourself, yes? If not, let me know :-)

  20. Jewelry by Shannon
    Jewelry by Shannon says:

    Thank you Shanti, Deb, Lynn and Cecilia … I love all the colors in these too.

    Cecilia, everything I make is for sale … gotta be able to “buy more beads” at the next show at the end of October! LOL. SLS

  21. Dragons Chicky
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    Lynda aka DivaChick says:

    Gorgeous, Shannon!

  23. Jewelry by Shannon
    Jewelry by Shannon says:

    Thank you Dragons Chicky and Lynda!! SLS

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