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Recently Hope from the Crafty Hope blog had a giveaway of a cool piece she made, and I won. Thanks, Hope! I love it, and what’s more, she sent some other cool goodies, including several things she made. That’s one of the reasons I admire Hope and like to read her blog. She’s always trying things and experimenting. I love working with beads, but I’d like to get a little more creative. Somehow it’s like exercise. I know it would be good for me, but I can rarely convince myself to do it!

Anyway, I was inspired and decided to use one piece right away. I love clear and white beads, glass, and crystals. I also love soldered things. The texture and color of solder is a lovely contrast with the smoothness, sparkle and/or color of glass and crystal. Hope wrapped a clear glass piece and soldered on a ring to make a pendant.

Long knotted necklace with a clear glass and silver soldered pendant, various colors of glass beads and silver beads.
I love this clear class pendant by CraftyHope knotted with colorful vintage glass and vintage silver-plated beads.

I looked in my vintage glass box for some smallish beads and found a short strand of rounds and drops I got from Shipwreck Dandy Supply. I had the 4mm silver plated beads in the same box; they seemed glass-like to me since they aren’t thick or weighty. I got a hank of these from Famous Vintage Bead Hoard Liquidation Destash.

This is my frequently made long, knotted, fits-over-the-head style. I love it! This is a joyous necklace, and I can use some joy right now. Although I’m not wearing jewelry outside of the house, I’ll enjoy wearing it inside and looking at it. I enjoyed making it. I hope you enjoyed reading about it.