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I made two necklaces today with the chunky beads I love! The first started with this wonderfully patinaed crown pendant from Dry Gulch Beads & Jewelry. I absolutely love its crusty rustiness. 

I looked at the different colors in the patina and thought some chunky, rough moonstone I have would work well. I tried a variety of other things to bring out some of the other colors – different seed beads, colors of linen I could knot, metal beads. In the end I decided to use both seed beads and some rustic metal beads. 

I wanted to add some weight to the pendant (it is hollow in back) so I added a heavy clear rough glass bead and a little rough metal bead to round out the pedant before the strand. I finished it off with a coin toggle with its own lovely patina from Miss Fickle Media. I love the cool white with the warm metal.

Next up, I had these really gorgeous rough citrine chunks. I paired them with a fabulous Sovereign pendant by Andrew Thornton as well as another rough rondelle with a little gold accent also by Andrew Thornton

This pendant is beautiful, and I also love the inspiration behind it. Andrew speaks about art coming from head to heart to hands. For me, art made with love, intention and good feeling is as important – or more important – than skill. Maybe that’s why I love outsider art.

I used large brushed gold seed beads between the citrine. I only had ten of those beads, so I finished the necklace off with some enameled aluminum chain from My Elements with colors from the pendant. 

I am very pleased with both of these necklaces. They seem bold enough to make a statement with winter clothes.