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« on: November 25, 2005 07:12:59 PM »

 My grandma's favorite color is navy and I want to make her a pretty beaded necklace (preferably with thin navy blue ribbon.) I really need ideas! Any sketches or suggestions would be much appreciated!
 
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« Reply #1 on: November 25, 2005 07:57:57 PM »

Hmmmm...I made necklaces for Christmas presents for this year..I used silver or gold plated Beadalon, but you could use ribbon instead. I used lampworked beads (I make them) as a focal, and then I have swarvoski crystals spaced out along the wire...I used colors to match the bead.  My sister likes tanzanite so I made an iris focal and used tanzanite and clear crystals.  They end up looking very delicate.

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www.artbeads.com (they have free shipping and they don't make you buy tons--you can just buy what you need).
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« Reply #2 on: November 25, 2005 09:32:42 PM »

 Thanks Anna!
    That site is great. It will come in handy for the future too. How do you make lampwork beads? Is there any way you could post a quick tutorial? (if it is not tooo hard)
                                          Thanks,
                                               Kaila
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« Reply #3 on: November 25, 2005 09:41:35 PM »

It's not really hard..it just takes some practice. Unfortunately the equipment is kind of pricey to start up with.  I learned from a book, but some bead or stained glass stores offer classes. Basically it is melting rods of glass around a metal mandrel (makes the hole in the bead).  There are many different styles..flowers, dots, organic....you can find them on ebay for good prices or you can check out Justbeads.com.  If you want to make her a bead yourself you could use polymer clay.  I have seen lots of projects where you can make polymer clay look like semi-precious gemstones.

I personally love those Swarvoski crystals...they come in so many colors. They look super nice on organza ribbon too. You can make sure they stay in place with a drop fo jewelry glue. She is going to love that necklace! I hope you post pictures of the finished project!!!! Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: November 25, 2005 09:48:46 PM »

 That sounds so cool! I'll have to see if I can find a class. I'll try to post a pic, but I dont quite know how. I'll figure it out somehow. Thank you for being such a great help!
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« Reply #5 on: November 26, 2005 05:18:23 AM »

You are most welcome! Smiley

If you want to post a picture, this site does picture hosting.  Click on picture hosting on the right and it lets you upload a picture to your gallery. Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: November 26, 2005 11:21:23 AM »

I'll try that. Thanks!
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« Reply #7 on: November 27, 2005 11:43:33 AM »

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There are many different styles..flowers, dots, organic....you can find them on ebay for good prices or you can check out Justbeads.com.  If you want to make her a bead yourself you could use polymer clay.  I have seen lots of projects where you can make polymer clay look like semi-precious gemstones.


If you don't want to go the whole route with the equipment needed for glass lampworked beads, you might like to check out faux lampworked beads made with polymer clay (drizzled and dotted with tinted liquid polymer clay)...
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/LiquidSculpey.htm
(...click on "Drizzling, Lampwork, etc."...)

Here are some examples of faux lampworked beads:
http://www.polymerclay.com.au/images/flampworkleft.jpg
http://www.sculpey.com/Projects/projects_FioratoPendant.htm
http://www.geocities.com/lubellebeads/beadspage.html (may have to click on Home to see lampwork ... or mouse-over photos... or just look in header banner if nothing else works)


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Also, if you're interested in some of the faux stones and gemstones that can be made with polymer clay (and turned into beads), check out this page:
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/Faux--many.htm

...And, since she's into navy blue, a faux lapis lazuli might be just the ticket!. . . some examples:
http://www.pbase.com/kpanner/polymer_clay_gallery&page=2 (click on first 3 photos for close-ups)
http://www.tonjastreasures.com/jewelry1/tn17.htm
http://community.webshots.com/photo/5633878/17112723PdTCMAJIjh (no sparklies)

(for various lessons on making faux lapis with polymer clay, click on the "Lapis Lazuli" subcategory from that Faux-Many page link just above)


HTH,

Diane B.
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« Reply #8 on: November 27, 2005 02:34:46 PM »

Those are great! I love them. I found something like those at Micheal's so I think I'll try those. Thanks so much!
                 Kaila
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« Reply #9 on: December 14, 2005 08:24:23 PM »

I can't figure out how to hook up my camera to the computer for the life of me, but I just wanted to let you all know how it turned out. I am so happy with the result! I threaded navy blue and silver beads onto a navy ribbon. The clasps are these gorgeous heart shaped toggles. Just wanted to update everyone! sorry there are no pics.
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