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Recent content by maiakity

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    Golden Pearl Restyle

    I had strung this pearl on a choker with some garnets last summer, it was pretty and I did wear it quite a bit. But I saw these shaded iolite beads and I thought the pearl would be perfect with the color. Reminds me of summer, "sun and sea". I may make a bracelet to match. Just thought I'd...
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    Ingenious Idea

    Ok, so I had this brilliant idea the other day. Then I went online to research how I would produce it, and found out someone else had the same ingenious idea several years ago, which was only slightly disappointing because I could just buy it and not have to figure out how to make it (and likely...
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    New Earrings make me happy...

    I received two new pairs of earrings in the mail yesterday, I've decided that earrings are definately my "must have" jewlery...if I leave the house without some earrings in I just don't feel right! First, some light golden button shaped SS from Sheryl: I thought they might be too big...
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    Thinking of replacing a pearl in a ring...need advice!

    I have a pearl ring and I really like the setting but hate the pearl (button shaped, blemishes on the lower half,etc). I'm thinking of taking the pearl off and replacing it with a nicer pearl. Any tips/tricks for me here? I have read about heat methods for removing the existing pearl and...
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    rose gold gimp?

    Does anyone know where I can find some rose-gold (or rose gold colored) gimp? I'm keeping my eye out for a nice rose gold vermeil clasp, but I realized I would need gimp to match and can't seem to find any!
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    Silver or gold (vermeil) findings? Help me decide!

    Hi All, I finally received some ripples I am happy with! I just can't decide between silver or gold findings, help me decide please ASAP!!! I simply can't wait to string them up and will probably work on it tonight :)
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    Show Us Your Pearls In Action!!!

    So I used to frequent a forum for another type of item that had a neat thread called "Your **** in Action!" where people could post pictures of their item "working it" in the real world, I always used to enjoy browsing that thread! I thought it might be fun to start one here for those that...
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    To Keep or Not to Keep...Baroque pink/mauve/pondslime freshwaters...

    I received these yesterday and am having diffiulty deciding on whether or not to keep them...some of them have really good almost metallic luster and iridecence, and some of them are more...meh. Colors are pretty, and they are fairly large. Neck shot for reference (just holding it up behind my...
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    My new Favorite Thing...

    So this whole beading thing has gotten to be an expensive hobby! I recently bought some SS pearls to make a series of stacking bracelets...I finished them yesterday and found out something awesome...they can be joined together to make a necklace as well!!! I added a drippy FW pearl charm at the...
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    Fair feedback for this GSS pearl with messy drill hole!

    I received this GSS pearl today and overall I am happy with the color, size, and luster (as described in listing), but the seller failed to disclose that the drilling was so bad! One side of the pearl has a normal drill hole, the other side has "two", as if the drill went in twice on that side...
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    My Projects for Today...

    Finally got around to my Chinese Kasumi/Labradorite necklace: I love the color combination of the lavender/pink kasumis and the sparkly gray labradorite...it's hard to capture the color of the pearls in the pics. I also fell in love with a large-hole baroque south sea pearl I saw on etsy...
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    Tell me about wire wrapping...

    Now that I've learned how to knot, I'd like to learn how to wire wrap! For those of you who do this, would you mind sharing some tips and explaining the lingo? What kind of wire is best to use? What guage? Can you explain the difference and uses for "half-hard" and "deadsoft", etc, and the uses...
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    My first knotted strand!

    I beaded a necklace for my aunt (and one for myself), but pearls were only accents so I really did't get a chance to see what my knotting skills were really like. Well, for my next project I knotted up a choker strand of these lovely pondslime pearls (with a few vermeil spacer beads thrown in...
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    Need Advice...thread or wire?

    Question: If you are mixing gemstones and pearls, do you string on thread or wire? I have heard wire is not good for pearls, but maybe it doesn't matter so much if you have only a few pearls on the finished piece? Thoughts and advice appreciated!!! :)
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    Shout out to all the Beaders...not as easy as it looks!!!

    Here are some pics of my first (second) project (inspired by a similar design I saw on Etsy). I made one for a special aunt I have, and liked it so much I made myself one. My first one (my aunts) took me almost 5 hours to string! This one took me just over three hours, I had to start over three...
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