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  1. #16
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    Okay - here are my offerings. Once again, I apologize for the photo quality. If you guys only knew how many I have to take to get even these!

    Anyway, I forgot to resize my photos before uploading them, so I am posting links to the bigger files rather than risk the edge cutoff that the larger photos seem to cause.

    The first is dyed FW with labradorite discs. Sadly, the labradorite hardly flashes at all, but I still like the way the dark tones work together:


    http://i202.photobucket.com/albums/a...o/IMG_1847.jpg


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    I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with this next one. I really think it is quite pretty, but I made it when I was just starting out as a knotter, and my knots leave a lot to be desired - there are big gaps between a lot of the pearls and beads. Therefore it irks the obsessive/compulsive part of me. In additions, the bits of silk tend to wrap around themselves and make it very difficult to figure out how to untwist the strands. I have to store it very carefully, and drape it very deliberately and use a shortener rather than just looping it around my neck. It is taller than I am (even looped), so I guess it's somewhere around 130" long.

    Black FW ovals with tiny garnets:



    http://i202.photobucket.com/albums/a...o/IMG_1838.jpg
    Last edited by boo; 01-03-2008 at 12:47 AM.

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    These actually were a freebie given away by Coldwater Creek - FW pearl and quartz crystal chips:

    http://i202.photobucket.com/albums/a...o/IMG_1839.jpg

    I love quartz crystal and the way it moves the light around, so I made this with my boo-blue pearls from Integrity:

    http://i202.photobucket.com/albums/a...o/IMG_1857.jpg
    Last edited by boo; 01-02-2008 at 08:20 PM.

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    These are a cheat: Swarovski crystals, not gemstones. Still pretty though. Just imagine if they were nice big faceted morganites instead of lead crystal...

    http://i202.photobucket.com/albums/a...o/IMG_1840.jpg

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    These are brown dyes FW pearls with brown tiger's eye, gold beads and "antique gold" rose beads crocheted together with copper wire. So, Sueki - what do you think?

    http://i202.photobucket.com/albums/a...o/IMG_1835.jpg

    http://i202.photobucket.com/albums/a...o/IMG_1836.jpg

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    And this is my favorite bracelet: SS keishi from DruzyDesign with faceted tanzanite.

    http://i202.photobucket.com/albums/a...o/IMG_1844.jpg

    http://i202.photobucket.com/albums/a...o/IMG_1849.jpg

    The second photo bleaches out the pearls a bit, but gives a nice idea of how the tanzanite glows. Neither photo does justice to the orient of the keishis.

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    Oh, and this is the 3 strand necklace with labradorite clasp I had mentioned elsewhere:

    http://i202.photobucket.com/albums/a...o/IMG_1826.jpg

    I normally wear the clasp in the back with my hair up.
    Last edited by boo; 01-02-2008 at 05:40 PM.

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    Good Heavens Above,
    Boo, they are all gorgeous; and I am speechless at the brown dyed freshwaters.
    That is unbelievable. Masterly design....
    What a fabulous way of using those pearls. I am delighted that they found their way to someone who can do them justice.
    Crochet wire work ? A stroke of genius.
    I am gobsmacked at the end result.
    I say again - lowly beaders? my eye.
    I can string and knot, and think of myself as possibly a lowly beader.
    You guys are something else.
    I hereby award you an MBE - Member of the Beading Elite.

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    When I first took up residence here, I was the first and only beader. Commercial quality freshwater pearls were the poor little step children, thus "lowly beader". Now I am just so impressed at how the imagination feeds on the atmosphere here, and the quality of design has gone up so much!

    If yall don't take it seriously, we could give Pearlitzer prizes to quite a few lowly beaders!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Caitlin Williams
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    If yall don't take it seriously, we could give Pearlitzer prizes to quite a few lowly beaders!
    Pearlitzer Prize! Clever!

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    I've been nesting on that one. But we can only joke about it.......
    Caitlin

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    My avatar is a Sea of Cortez mabe pearl. One of a pair of Mexican handmade earrings.

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    Caitlin, the "Lowly Beaders Club" inspired me to take my first tentative steps into beading and knotting. I am quite happy to leave the Pearlitzers for literary contributions such as GemGeek provides. "Lowly" suits me fine

    Sueki, you are so sweet! I am glad you approve.

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    Boo, you are so modest. I love your stuff. In fact, because of you, I have a bunch of sandals that need pearling!

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    To All Lowly beaders club nmembers

    Everybody here does such great stuff!. Me I am pretty boring with my Historical "reproduction stuff". Doing it just becasue I can and to satisfy and itch to bead.

    What I like about everyones work is the individual flare to the creater of a piece! love it.. all are distinct and very insporational!

    Cheers

    Ash

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    Caitlin,
    You're bang on - my imagination has fed continuously since finding the lowly beader's club.
    I'd never have had the gall to try my hand at stringing and knotting, and certainly never have found the tips and wrinkles without these boards.
    Boo, you are indeed too modest.
    Your pieces truly are fabulous. And I'm still speechless at the crocheted wire....
    Ash, you, too are too modest - I've seen the photos you posted of the chalice cover and bag, for example.
    Long may you all reign.
    True Pearly Queens (and a Pearly King or two, I think).