Saturday, July 20, 2013


Today is the day for the Bead Hoarders Blog Hop. The top pic is a close up of my focal bead. It was made by lampwork artist Jeff Barber. He is a local lampworker who makes the most amazing beads. He teaches and exhibits at national shows. It is a badge of honor is my bead group to own Jeff's beads. This is the first Jeff Barber bead I bought. I have been hoarding it for several years. When Lori Anderson announced this blog hop I know what bead I would be using right away. Pink and green is a favorite color combination for me. I made three spiral rope sections for the necklace. The pink  swirled discs accent beads are by another lampworker who's work I admire, Tanya McGuire.The pearls are from znetshows.com
They were leftover from my last challenge. I used corrugated doublesided gold caps to finish the spirals and corrugated end caps by the 14 karat gold twisted toggle clasp. The bail is a simple herringbone strip so as to not detract from the beauty of the focal. The pink fringe ends with green glass leaves. I am pleased with how this necklace turned out and I am sure I will wear it often. Please take the time to see what the other artists made at http://www.prettythingsblog.com/

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  1. That is beautiful. The rope you did compliments the gorgeous focal perfectly.

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  2. Thanx Kim. I like spiral ropes. It seemed to fit this bead well. Stringing the rope when I was done was tougher than I expected. I had it altogether and discovered I had put one section on upside down so I had to restring it.

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    1. Thanx Paula, It always feel good to have other beaders like my work.

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  4. Wow, so pretty! Looks like a lot of time went into this design. How long does something like that take? Have a nice weekend!

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  5. Thanx Roxanne. It took about 3 days. Spiral ropes are easier than they look. There is a row of core beads then you put loops around the core. I like making spiral ropes. The look can be varied by the choices if beads used and the number of loops in each round.

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  6. Becky, the work you put into this is amazing. I love how you incorporated the delicate colors of the lampwork into your rope. Beautiful!

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    1. Thanx Marlene. This design looks a lot more complicated than it is. I am glad that you like my design.

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  7. Fabulous necklace! I really love the swirly in the bead being matched by your swirly spiral rope! The colors are just gorgeous, too. :D

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    1. Thanx Nancy. The swirls in Jeff's bead are why I chose spiral rope and swirled discs. Rosy pink is my favorite color.

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  8. The colours you have chosen match perfectly. Lovely :)

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  9. Thanx Sarah, color is usually the first consideration when I bead.

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  10. Gorgeous! Pink isn't always an easy color to match; I'm impressed that you were able to match beads from two artists. Your necklace really is stunning :)

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    1. Thanx, I agree that pink isn't always easy to match. Since pink is my favorite color I have it in lots of shades. I'm glad that you like my necklace.

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  11. I recognize those little pink beads! Tanya McGuire is one of my favorites!! Nice work!

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    1. Thanx Judith I'm glad that you like my design. I have seen several posts that mention Tanya's beads on this hop. She does make great lampworked beads.

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  12. I love the colors, and the tassel is a great addition -- BIG fan of tassels and they really seem to finish out large beads or ones of that shape, don't you think?

    Thank you so much for participating!!!

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    1. Thanx Lori. I am a pink girl too. I agree that tassels seem to finish a piece and add movement too. It was your hop that finally got me to use this great bead. I wore it yesterday and even the girl in the gas station commented on it. I feel honored to participate in your great hops. They have added so much pleasure to my life.

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  13. You do such beautiful beadwork, Becky - I love the colors you chose, and the design really shocases the lovely focal and Tanya's spacers (I'm a big fan of hers!). Gorgeous!

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    1. Thanx Molly. I like that color combo. I have seen Tanya's name mentioned several time on this hop so we are not the only ones who like her work. I am impressed which your designs also.

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  14. That pink and green remind me of a rose bush.... Lovely !

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    1. Rosy pink and green is one of my favorite color combos.
      I guess that is why I bought this bead and hoarded it for so long. I wanted to do it justice and it took me a while to decide how I wanted it to look. It took Lori's urging to help me decide.

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    1. Thanx Linda. I appreciate your comments.

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  16. Your design turned out so pretty and feminine. I always like pinks and greens together.

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    1. Thanx I am pleased with how it turned out. Pink is my favorite color.

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  17. A sweet and 'airy' necklace in a lovely colour combination, and such a beautiful lamp worked bead♥!

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    1. Thanx Dini, I like the colors too and I agree that Jeff's bead is beautiful. I guess that I why I hoarded it.

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  18. Beautiful necklace. Love pink and green.

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    1. Thanx, it always feels good to have other beaders like my designs.

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  19. What a pretty and feminine design, Becky... I am always so impressed with what can be done with tiny seed beads!

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    1. Thanx Monique, I like lots of different techniques but seed beads are my first choice.

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  20. Perfect, beautiful, one of my favorite color combo's.

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    1. Thanx Gloria, This is one of my favorite color combos too.

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    1. Thanx Kepi. It feels good to be appreciated.

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  22. So pretty- the colors are delicate and complement the focal perfectly! Christie

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    1. Thanx Christie. I am pleased with how this necklace turned out.

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  23. That lampwork is stunning! And you've picked up the colours perfectly. Love it.

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  24. Thanx Nelly. I like those colors so it was easy to find matching beads in my stash. I am so glad that Lori got me to use this bead.

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  25. Becky, I am amazed at the compexity of your design. Thank you for visiting my blog.

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    1. Thanx Marjorie, It feels good to have other beaders like my designs.

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  26. Love the focal bead. And your design is perfect for it.

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  27. Thanx Cheryl. I am glad that you like my design.

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  28. I'm with everyone here, that focal is to die for and you certainly did it justice with your beautiful design.
    P.S. I'm thrilled you're happy with your beads you bought from me. You will have to send me pic when you use them

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  29. Thanx Jeannie, I means a lot to me that someone like you likes my work.

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  30. What a lovely piece! I think it looks perfect. :)

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  31. Thanx I couldn't hope for a better comment than perfect.

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  32. Fabulous! I'm just a stringer - I can't even imagine how you do your beadwork! :)

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  33. Thanx. We all have different talents and techniques. I like to use seed beads.

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  34. Boy, that is one beautiful focal bead. Your work is lovely.

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    1. Thanx, I agree that the focal is beautiful. I guess that is why I hoarded it. I appreciate it when other beaders like my work.

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  35. What a gorgeous focal. I love your bead work.

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    1. Thanx Mischelle. Yes Jeff Barber's beads are worth hoarding. It feels really good to get positive comments from other beaders.

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  36. The lampwork bead and necklace go percent fly together

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  37. Thanx Lisa I am pleased with how this necklace turned out.

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  38. Becky - this is a beautiful necklace and you do beautiful work. I can see why you hoarded the focal bead. Thanks for visiting my blog and the kind comments.

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  39. Thanx Louise,I appreciate your kind comments. I have more beads by Jeff Barber and Tanya McGuire. Lori's great hop has inspired me to use more of them.

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  40. Your necklace is so beautiful! Love the colors!

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    1. Thanx Pam. I'm glad that you like it. This is my favorite color combo.

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  41. How lovely to know exactly what bead you were going to use for this blog hop challenge. Just waiting for the occasion to be used, and what a lovely necklace you made with it :-)

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  42. Thanx it feels great to have other beaders like my work.

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  43. What a gorgeous focal and you just made the perfect necklace with it.

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  44. Thanx Janine, i fell in love with the focal too. I'm so glad that you like my necklace. Praise can't get any higher than perfect, thank you.

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  45. A beautiful bead-I can see why you saved it. You showcased it wonderfully in your necklace.
    Linda

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  46. Thanx Linda It feels great to have other beaders like my jewelry.

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  47. Pretty fond of pink and green myself :) Love that you broke it into three sections. I love the look of spiral ropes anyway but breaking it up just gives it a little something extra. Very nice touch!

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    1. Thanx I am pleased with how this necklace turned out.

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    1. Thanx I love it too. This is one of my favorite color combos.

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  49. What a pleasant colour combination! Lovely!

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    1. Thanx. I have had this beads for several years because I wasn't sure I could do it justice. I am pleased with how it turned out. In fact I am wearing it right now.

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