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Over the years I have made so much jewelry that I store it in strategically placed jewelry boxes in various locales around the house, not to mention three drawers in a chest in my craft room.  I was thinking about my next re-make project and idly opened a lovely jewelry box my mother made me some years ago out of a cigar box.

The first thing I found when I opened it was a baggie of various blue and green beads.  I must have stashed it there when I took something else apart or was cleaning up leftovers from another project.  It looked promising. 

The piece I decided to remake is a necklace I actually like well enough, but I never wore it that much.  It never seemed to be the right length or something.  Now it’s smaller than I need in length and substance.  A lot of the jewelry I made then is kind of spindly for me now, and part of re-making it is fattening it up a bit in heft and style.  Here is the before:

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I’ve always had a fondness for mixed color beads.  I would probably have been tempted to go the multicolor route if I hadn’t come upon the blue and green beads.  That seems to be my design strategy many times – use what has surfaced.  I’m not sure if I should consider it serendipity or bad organization. 

I made a simple wire and bead chain with the blue and green beads I found in the bag as well as others I found in my stash or culled from other pieces I’m taking apart. 

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I did a little better wire wrap on the pendant and included an art bead just cuz.  The brighter green lampwork bead third up on the left is from Genea. 

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This necklace will definitely get more wear than the previous version. 

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I also made a pair of earrings that include a few beads I got the last time I visited my parents, and my dad said I could rifle through his beads and take what I wanted.  (I wasn’t too greedy.) 

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I’m still working to widen the techniques and materials I use, but I have to say beaded chain is one of my favorite looks.  Sometimes I think I should just make a few pieces and buy the rest from artists I like.  Other times I have grand plans about turning my garage into a workshop so I can make my own components.  We’ll see how one or both of those ideas progress.

Alright, I’m off to make Spicy Szechuan Eggplant with Tofu with the eggplant I got in my farm box last week.  

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