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I often see beautiful beads that are termed “earring pairs” and present themselves as perfect for this purpose. I sometimes use them as earrings. But I if I want to keep them for myself to wear, I use them otherwise because I don’t wear earrings.

That was the case with some beautiful polymer clay dangles I got from Nicole St. Laurent of Raven’s Meadow. They have a sort of Fordite look that I love. 

They would have made beautiful earrings, but I wanted to keep them. I decided to go minimal so as not to distract from their beauty. They are on a copper ring by Gaea and have a vintage glass peal drop. I order a lot of wonderful vintage things from Sondra’s Estate Beads Destash Depot. Whenever she sends an order, she sends freebies. I love using freebies people send. It’s fun to see them find their place.

I finished the necklace with a handmade copper clasp by Gaea. They are perfect for my look. When I buy beads from her, I like to add a clasp or two to each order to keep them in stock. 

A simple necklace that highlights the beautiful materials. Another example is this adorable enamel frog by Cathleen Zaring of Blue Hare Art Wear. Again, they would have made wonderful earrings, but I bought a pair knowing I wanted to use one as a necklace for myself. So, I used the other as a necklace for the Artists for Animals Auction to raise money for Madison Cat Project

Today, 11/4/18, is the last day of the auction. If you are reading this before 8:00 PM Central Time, there is still a chance to peruse the wonderful handmade items (not just jewelry!) from a variety of artists, each supporting their chosen animal charity. Click this link to view the auctions or even join the page to get updates for future auctions.