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    Pearl Enthusiast Senior Pearl-Guide.com Pearl Expert Pearl Dreams's Avatar
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    Default I finally strung my 7.5-8.5mm oval exotics!

    Well, it took me long enough, but that was because I just couldn't decide what to do with them!

    I had originally bought them with the idea of making a matching bracelet for my 8.5-9.5mm ovals, but when they arrived I saw they had such different shapes, colors and luster from each other.

    The larger ovals were more pastel, peachy tones, satiny luster and not so oval. The smaller ovals were very metallic and didn't show a strong color distinction from one another. The most colorful pearls were closest to where the clasp would be. I tossed around ideas but nothing seemed quite right.

    Then a few months ago I was at T. J. Maxx and found an oval strand that had similar shape and metallic luster and some of the brighter colors I needed to balance out the strand. I bought it and took it apart.

    This gave me enough pearls to make an 18" necklace (which in the end I strung on 49 ply Beadolon wire-- knotting it would have meant eliminating some of the pretty end pearls), a bracelet (which I can link with the necklace to make a longer necklace-- good if I'm wearing a turtleneck) and charms for my gold and silver earring hoops.

    The model is my daughter (who by the way has fallen in love with this strand-- she who was so apathetic to the exotics before, ha! Of course I told her she may borrow them. )

    Photos coming in a few minutes.
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    No photoshopping done. Diffuse indoor daylight.

    First the necklace in box (larger photo on page 2) and on my daughter:
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    Now the bracelet and the earrings/charms:
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    I guess I'll post a photo of them on my own neck (but they look better on my daughter-- she is less tanned-- and younger!)

    edit: added another photo as well.
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    One thing I've noticed is that photos used to look better when I uploaded from Photobucket. Since linking them directly, they seem more washed out and less in focus-- the same photos.

    All the photos I posted earlier this year looked better before I changed the links (so that the photos wouldn't be deleted from P-G when they are deleted from Photobucket).

    Does anyone know why this may be?

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    Gorgeous pearls, and well thought out! Love the earring charms!! Smart to do in both white and yellow metals. The necklace looks beautiful on both you and your daughter, thanks much for the neck shot!

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    Beautiful! Can't beat those exotics, can you. Love the wire treatment!
    Pretty Panda pic by nlerner on her U.S. excursion last year, San Diego Zoo.[/SIZE][/SIZE]

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    Thank you , Pattye and Knotty!

    I'm really having a chuckle over my daughter's reaction to these. In the past, every time I've offered her pearls, she says pearls aren't her 'thing'. Well, she's 12, so I get that. She usually wears jewelry from Claire's.

    But her eyes popped out when she saw herself in these. She said "For the first time I'm jealous!" --with a smile.

    Now I have to try to find more pearls so I can make her a multicolor strand all her own. Looks like I'll be haunting T. J. Maxx for a while....

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    How about a tin cup strand you could borrow?

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    That's pretty amazing that you found similar pieces at T.J. Maxx of all places. We should expand the thread on B&M stores to include the discount haunts.
    Pretty Panda pic by nlerner on her U.S. excursion last year, San Diego Zoo.[/SIZE][/SIZE]

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    The day I found the pearls at TJ Maxx, I had first visited one store and found a 2-strand necklace of slightly smaller ovals that were more peachy/lavender, but that gave me the idea-- so I drove to a second store and that's where I found the strand I ended up using.

    About 3/4 of the pearls are Jeremy's, 1/4 from the other strand. The largest ones near the front are Jeremy's.

    I did not find it to be such a visually pleasing strand as it was. But it was fine for repurposing.

    It's funny but since I began beading, I look at everything as potential "materials".
    Last edited by Pearl Dreams; 09-03-2008 at 06:26 PM. Reason: realized more of the pearls were Jeremy's

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    A-ha! That's our plan to conquer the world! You are in our clutches! When everything is a raw material, you are an indoctrinated Lowly Beader!
    Pretty Panda pic by nlerner on her U.S. excursion last year, San Diego Zoo.[/SIZE][/SIZE]

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    Now that I've figured out how to upload photos directly, I'll have to post photos of my other creations (mostly stone jewelry) since I started beading 4 years ago. Sometime this week while my kid's in school.

    But now we're going hiking... beautiful day here in CT!

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    Pretty ^o^ Lovely job!
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    Now that's one seriously insanely gorgeous necklace, Pearl_dreams....
    And I LOVE the earring charms.
    Clever you....