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Saturday, July 20, 2013

Bead Hoarder's Blog Hop Reveal

Well, I have been making lots of stuff with my hoard of beads and things. Haven't quite finished everything thing that I have started but I will eventually.

I started on a Mermaid's Necklace in freeform, that will use lots of beads:


still can't decide how I want to hang it, playing with some possibilities ( any suggestions?0

next I went to a Gem and Mineral show and bought a bunch of stones so I did a little wire wrapping:


That is it so far, my bead hoard is not much smaller, but I have been busy and it was fun! Annita



48 comments:

  1. Freeform is something I've never tried. Wonderful start to it, I'll be looking forward to seeing it's progress!

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    1. I am considering hanging it from some pearls in various shades of greens and blues. Will post pics when finished

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  2. That mermaid piece is awesome. Want to go to the beach!

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    1. Thanks Cece, I had a great time making it so far

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  3. This definitely makes me want to go to the beach! Beautiful pieces - looking forward to following your progress.

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    1. Thanks, I love the beach, unfortunately I don't live near one any more, but I did move a big tub of shells with me when we moved to Oklahoma from South Florida

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  4. Beautiful pieces, I can't wait to see what else you do!

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    1. Thanks Kim, I had lots of fun with the mermaid piece so far, I will most likely add a mix of pearls to the necklace part, when I find my stash of pearls LOL

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    1. Thanks Rebecca, it was part of the stash of shells that I moved to Oklahoma with me from Florida several years ago. I loved the barnacle piece on the outside it was the perfect spot to add a pearl. Annita

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  6. I like the idea of you using the shells in your designs.

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    1. Thanks, I wish I still lived near the beach, but you can't always live where you want. At least I am by the lake here in Oklahoma so that is something. Annita

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  7. What a beautiful mermaid necklace, and I can see the start of some gorgeous other pieces with those beads you purchased.

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    1. Thanks Marlene, I have so many beads and so little time, but I will get more done eventually (and keep adding to my hoard)
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  8. Gorgeous - I haven't tried freeform beading yet, I am quite afraid to :) Your mermaid necklace is gorgeous. I love the shell wrapping a lot! (I like the other 2 as well, but the shell really speaks to me!)

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    1. Thanks Alicia, I love wire wrapping but I am becoming hooked on the free form too!

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  9. I wish I had the talent for freeform. Love your beads!

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    1. Cynthia, I found the free form to be quite liberating, if you make a mistake you just incorporate it into the design and do whatever you like. no rules in free form Annita

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  10. Love the wrapped clam shell :)

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    1. Thanks, it is my favorite wire wrap project so far. Annita

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  11. Omg the wirewrapped shell ! I would have NEVER thought to do that ! It's downright sublime !

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    1. Thanks so much Audrey, I have wrapped a couple of shells in the past, this was my first scallop shell and I was really happy with how it turned out. Annita

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  12. Your theme is wonderful, Annita... everyone loves the sea and her gifts. I am sure these awesome components will find themselves in beautiful completed works of art soon!

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    1. Thanks Monique, I picked up some pearls yesterday to finish off the Mermaids necklace will post pics when completed. Annita

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  13. Love the wire wrapped shell. All are great pieces.

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    1. Thanks! I had fun working on them and still have lots of things in my hoard to keep on going. Annita

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  14. The seashell freform pendent is my fav!
    It could be perfect with a beaded crochet necklace!!!

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    1. Thanks Ilenia, you are right a beaded crochet necklace would be great but I have failed many times attempting bead crochet so I will most likely hang it from pearls with perhaps a few crystals thrown in. Annita

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  15. Wow! The freeform pendant is spectacular!!! The wire wrapped shells are a great idea. Such lovely work- Christie

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    1. Thanks Charis! I love working natural materials into my work. Annita

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  16. I love each piece of this beautiful jewellery you've made! The wrapped shell with the pearl is my favourite, it's so delicate!
    Have fun with creating more jewellery later on :-)and have a great ☼ summer ☼

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    1. Thanks Dini, I love how that shell turned out also. I wasn't real sure when I started that I would be able to wrap it successfully, but it came together easier than expected. Annita

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  17. Annita your jewelry is wonderful. The Mermaid's Necklace is way cool. I think I would stitch spiral rope straps with more of the beads you used on the shells. That should give it movement like the water would have. I have seen lots of wire wrapping but the small gold rounds add a special touch. Good job.

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    1. Thanks Becky, I thought about a spiral rope at first (it/s what I did on my pink and white freeform) but I am leaning towards just using pearls, I have some in the same blue as the beads on the shell. I can't decide what I like best, I do beading, wirework and silver smith work, I guess I am just like to do a little of just about everything when it comes to jewelry. Annita

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  18. Everything is simply lovely! Wire-work, working with seed beads... I am very impressed by your talent! Nice work! :)

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    1. Thanks, I am glad you like my work. I love doing all kinds of jewelry techniques, can't make myself settle for just one. Annita

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  19. Your mermaid necklace is going to lookawesome when it's finished.

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    1. Thanks Nelly May, I am experimenting with several options for the Mermaid necklace and should have an idea of how to finish it soon. Annita

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  20. I can't help with suggestions on how to hang that necklace, but am in awe of your wire wrapping. I especially like what you did with the shell in the middle and the addition of the pearl. Very cool!

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    1. you will have to come back and see the new post I finished the Mermaid's necklace. I think that wire wrapping is my favorite thing to do, I can't do it full time however, my hands just can't hold up to the abuse of the wires

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  21. I love your mermaid necklace, beautiful colors!

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    1. Thanks Kepi, I just added a new blog entry, I finished the mermaid's necklace. Let me know what you think about how I finished it off Annita

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  22. As I am very late to start hopping I got to see your Mermaid's Necklace in its full glory and it looks stunning :)

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    1. Thanks Gerda! I am so glad you liked it! Annita

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  23. Beautiful! Your mermaid necklace looks like it will be fantastic when it is finished.

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  24. I have a later post of the finished piece and have it listed on ETSY Hope you like how I finished it off. Thanks, Annita

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