Friday, May 17, 2013

A Sunshiny Necklace for Judy

The spring beading season has begun. Here is the first of my friend Judy's commissions:


Judy chose the sunny Orange Botswana Agate and the Swarovski crystals. (I added the smaller carnelian and silver beads.) Together they make a warming, cheerful necklace.

The pendant is strung in one with the necklace, with a center dangle added for extra beauty:


This is the first time I've worked with Orange Botswana Agate. It's gorgeously varied, with wonderful banding that gives each bead the look of a tiny, Creamsicle-tinted planet.


The earrings are simple to keep the focus on the lovely stones.


I hope Judy likes it. (If not I'll happily take it off her hands.) :)

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34 comments:

  1. A very pretty necklace and ear ring set.. The beads are lovely. Hugs Judy

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  2. I love it, I should bead again, you are enticing me to get them out.
    Meredith

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    1. Thanks Mere.

      P.S. Be careful ... they have a way of taking over when you get them out. :)

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  3. What beautiful crystals in warm colours. I love the stripy markings in some of them. How lovely to make personalized jewellery!

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    1. I'm lucky to have a friend who adores jewelry and lets me play with the stones she buys. :)

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  4. They turned out beautiful! I'm sure Judy will love them. Doesn't she adore everything you make?!? :)

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    1. Pretty much - I think we've had only one do-over in about 9 years. Thanks Deb! :)

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  5. What a lovely necklace. I am particularly fond of the colors...so warming.
    Who wouldn't love it!

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    1. Thanks, e. The orange is so cheerful, isn't it? :)

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  6. Dear Sue,

    My remark may not be very pithy but it is full of sincerity: both the earrings and the necklace are truly stunning and I most confess to feeling a spot of ENVY!

    Happy weekend to you and your bicycle (and husband too, of course)!

    Stephanie

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    1. Merci, chère Stephanie! La bicyclette et le mari, ils vont bien. (Et moi aussi.) :)

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  7. Beautiful necklace and earnings, I love the stones the colours are gorgeous :)

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    1. Thanks, Linda. I love them too (though I never used to like orange until a few years ago). :)

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  8. That agate is beautiful, orange is not normally my colour, but that's gorgeous.

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    1. Hear hear! I began to like orange only a few years ago - and these stones are so lovely.

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  9. Wow!!! Another beautiful project, Sue. Thanks for letting us enjoy looking at it :-)
    xx,
    Gracie

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    1. Thank you for looking! (And for commenting so sweetly.) :)

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  10. Perfect! Those stones are so beautiful :)

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    1. Thank you, Annie. They were a pleasure to work with. :)

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  11. Wow. Very pretty and not too casual. I Love the jewelry

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    1. Yes - the crystals add a bit of bling, don't they? Normally I don't like adding crystals to a project, but Judy wanted them and I think they work out pretty well. :)

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  12. Oh those stones are gorgeous x

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    1. They are very gorgeous. I could stare at them for long periods of time.... :)

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  13. Wow! What spectacular colors, I'm sure she's going to love it.

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    1. Thanks Janet - she hasn't called me yet with an opinion, but I hope she likes it. :)

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  14. Beautiful jewelry, and I love the way you photographed it as well.
    I noticed that there was a lot of orange and coral in the Spring fashions.
    It's not that I am a fashion queen or anything, it's just that I went shopping recently and I really notice color. I am like Monet!!

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    1. Yes - me too.

      Some of my favourite colours are hot right now - coral and violet.

      Thanks Kay! :)

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  15. This is gorgeous! I just love the banded carnelian, and you've showcased it perfectly.

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    1. Thanks, Trena! :)

      Hope your dad is doing well.

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  16. Wow, those beads are amazing! And I love what you did with them. The circle with the dangle is so cool and interesting. I am pretty sure anyone would take them. :)

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  17. Exquisite Sue! There's a certain warmth to them that makes me wish I could touch them. The recipient will be thrilled!

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    1. She loves orange, and I do hope she was happy with it. Thanks Astri. :)

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