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« on: May 22, 2013 12:30:55 PM »

I just literally finished this necklace about 30 minutes before I had to take it to the fair grounds. I have entered it into the San Diego County Fair for 2013. It is made of a beaded, netted base with 9 handmade flowers attached, 1 leaf, and a bunch of little Leafettes."
Now that it's done I think it kind of reminds me of a lei.... but nonetheless this is my "secret garden"...


Each flower was handmade bead-by-bead, petal-by-petal... Each flower is about an hour to an hour and a half from start to completion.


I wasn't really sure how to close the back... and then I remembered I received some buttons in a craft swap and used a couple of them to make the "clasp" for the back

Here are just some pictures with different aspects


And finally what it looks like on!

Let me know what you think! Enjoy!
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« Reply #1 on: May 22, 2013 12:59:54 PM »

OMG what a stunner!  I've done just a little bit of beading, enough to appreciate how much work you put into this, amazing. Had to come back, I forgot to hit "This rocks", added it now.
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« Reply #2 on: May 23, 2013 12:37:45 AM »

Lovely!  You put so much time and work into an absolutly stunning piece!  Best of luck at the fair with it!!!  I bet you will win.  Smiley  I really like the buttons as a closure too. 

Beaded flowers are something I want to figure out myself! 
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« Reply #3 on: May 23, 2013 02:20:46 AM »

That's not a necklace, it is a statement! Very pretty Beck!

Something to wear with a very simple dress, an eyecather really.
Now I can see why you're not around that much anymore, hahaha.

Of course I hit this rocks and I wish you luck at the County Fair with your statement  Wink


Groetjes!!  Cheesy
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« Reply #4 on: May 23, 2013 08:45:21 AM »

Listessa - Thank You. I use Pinterest alot... if you look at mine, I have a Board with only beaded flowers. Also I used this great book found on Amazon... it's called "The Beaded Garden"
http://www.amazon.com/Beaded-Garden-Creating-Flowers-Thread/dp/1931499551/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1369323641&sr=1-2&keywords=beaded+flowers
Here is the link above.

Wendiek - Thanks! My thumb still hurts from all the beading! It's a bit heavier piece! But I have an awesome black dress and top to wear it with...I can't wait to get it back now!

The fair begins June 4th.... they post the results within the first week of the fair... I barely finished it in time to drop it off and now I won't get it back until July 5th! I told my husband I was a little sad last night because I didn't get to spend that much time with it before I had to take it.... next year I start earlier! Ha ha!
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« Reply #5 on: May 23, 2013 12:01:31 PM »

It is so lovely, congrats.
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« Reply #6 on: May 23, 2013 02:26:47 PM »

wow, that is gorgeous!   Shocked

good luck at the fair!
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« Reply #7 on: May 27, 2013 06:36:02 PM »

What a beautiful necklace! Hitting, this rocks!
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« Reply #8 on: May 28, 2013 03:38:50 AM »

I knew this was yours from the thumbnail photo.  Just gorgeous!  Good luck at the fair.   Smiley
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« Reply #9 on: May 31, 2013 02:22:44 PM »

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« Reply #10 on: May 31, 2013 02:42:16 PM »

Incredible work!
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« Reply #11 on: June 10, 2013 07:13:06 PM »

That is absolutely stunning! I'd love to know how it does at the fair Smiley
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« Reply #12 on: June 10, 2013 07:42:06 PM »

Thanks everyone! I'm heading to the fair this Thursday! Hopefully I'll come back with some great news!
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« Reply #13 on: June 11, 2013 11:21:32 AM »

Thanks everyone! I'm heading to the fair this Thursday! Hopefully I'll come back with some great news!

Of course you'll have good news! Getting your necklace back is good news  Cheesy it can only get better than that good news  Wink
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« Reply #14 on: June 18, 2013 09:51:52 AM »

UPDATE:This necklace came in 3rd Place at the 2013 San Diego Fair for Original Beaded Design!!!

My "Waves of Grace" Beaded necklace took 2nd Place!!! Next year I go for First and Best in Show!!! I better start working on them now!

Thank you for all the wonderful comments! I truly LOVE this necklace! I can't wait to get it back on July 5th! I might have to get my husband to take us out for a celebratory dinner!!! ... now which necklace to wear!  Wink
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« Reply #15 on: June 18, 2013 12:23:27 PM »

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« Reply #16 on: June 18, 2013 10:36:04 PM »

Wow!  That's great for both of your necklaces!  Cheesy 
I bet you can make first and best in show next year, your work is gorgeous! 

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« Reply #17 on: June 20, 2013 08:24:50 AM »

That is so awesome! I hope you win 1st place next!!!  Cheesy
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« Reply #18 on: June 20, 2013 08:27:55 AM »

You really outdid yourself with this beauty! I really can't believe you didn't win first place! The front is gorgeous, but the back is wonderful too, with the net-like beading.  Really wonderful!!
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« Reply #19 on: June 20, 2013 12:26:53 PM »

Congratulations! This has been chosen as a Featured Project!
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« Reply #20 on: June 21, 2013 08:21:25 AM »

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« Reply #21 on: June 26, 2013 11:14:20 AM »

Congrats on the win! Your necklace is fabulous!  Wink
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Wow beautiful. That's amazing
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makes me think of spring, just what we need this time of year!
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