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Saturday, May 10, 2014

Bead Soup Blog Party #8 - It is Reveal Day!

One week later than originally scheduled ... it is finally Reveal Day!

I have had my pieces finished for awhile. I have even worn them to work and a family gathering. I am pleased with my designs, but might tweak them for weariblity.

Here is what I was sent by my wonderful partner and fellow Canadian Deborah Read.
Wire, cubes and crystals
Two colour palettes
Blue, teal and copper
Ocher, cream, copper and silver
I used the cubes, teal lampwork beads, copper cresent, mixed metal beads, copper rings and toggle. I added copper seed beads, wavy discs, end cones, toggle and Conso thread.

I wanted to see if I could continue my recent fascination with Kumihimo using the cube beads. I knew that I would need to test the workablity of the cubes. I did a quick test using the cubes and size 8 seed beads.
Test of kumihimo with cubes
This worked well, but it needed a large seed bead. I was able to find some amazing copper metal seed beads in size 6.
Detail of kumihimo braiding
With two lengths of braiding done with cubes and copper beads I connected them together with the etched copper crescent (from the soup), copper seed beads, wavy discs and some of the teal lampwork beads (also from the soup).
Detail of focal arrangement
I used a basic copper toggle to finish this necklace. I have worn it a few times. I like the drape of the focal but it might look better if it was perfectly straight. Will have to look for a harden piece of copper to use.
Overall finished necklace
I decided to use the uncoloured etched toggle that was included in the soup along with most of the remaining teal lampwork and an assortment of the various metal beads included to make a co-ordinating bracelet.
Bracelet
That was everything that I had finished in time for the original reveal day of May 3. With the postponement I was able to do this one other design.

I use a few of the ocher and frosted white lampwork beads with this new earring findings I was sent from John Bead. These findings are interchangeable. You can change out the beads. For now they have the lampwork and a couple of crystals each.
Interchangeable Earrings
Thanks once again to my partner Deborah Read for the amazing soup. I know that I will make other projects with the soup leftovers.

Thanks also to our amazing host, Lori Anderson. I know that being part of this creative adventure helps me to work outside of my usual comfort zone. It is fun, creative and amazing.

I have been lucky to participate twice before. The first time Jelveh Jaferian was my partner and here is what I created and what she created.
6th Bead Soup Blog Party Creations
The second time my partner was, fellow Canadian, Cheryl Brown and here is what I created and what she created.
7th Bead Soup Blog Party Creations
Take some time to look at some of the amazing designs create by my fellow 8th Bead Soup Blog Party participants.

Thanks to all who stop by and Happy Beading!

137 comments:

  1. Beautiful colors, love what you've done :)

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    1. Thanks June. I love your work as well.

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  2. WOWEE CAZOUEEE! I LOVE the pendant! The way you used the focal with the wavy discs and the lampwork - ingenious!

    - Linda - http://FromTheBeadBoard.blogspot.com; http://cherryOnTopDesign.co

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    1. Thanks Linda. I love those wavy discs they are fun to use.

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  3. I sure would love to learn kumihimo. Looks fun. I love your designs

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    1. I taught myself to do basic kumihimo with fibers. But a class with Susan Charette-Hood taught me how to do it with the addition of beads.

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  4. Dear Jo-Ann,
    What you made is totally amazing! So "finished looking" and yet clearly artisan, lovingly hand made, perfectly beautiful work. If you ever "tire" of that first necklace ;) just send it along to me!!! I will wear it every day! xox jean

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    1. Thanks Jean! I will remember you I ever "tire" of it!

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  5. beautiful colour combinations :-) love the mixed metal design and the interchangeable earrings are wonderful

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    1. Thanks it was the first time I have worked with etched copper pieces.

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  6. Wow!!! I was drooling over your soup and couldn't wait to see what you made!! I was not disappointed!!! Absolutely beautiful!!!

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    1. Thanks Amy! I am looking forward to working with my leftovers... they are usually pretty good!

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  7. I would buy your pieces in a second. Gorgeous colors, designs and balance! Way to go!!!

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    1. Thanks Andrea! I was great to have a fab soup to work with!

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  8. Amazing- I so love your work - you really cook a great soup

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    1. Thanks Deborah... will post leftover creations in the future!

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  9. Jo-Ann - you really looked at the soup mix and brought out the best. The focal on the necklace works just fine - the curve is appealing. I don't think straight would work. And I am intrigued at how you added the beads on top of the focal - it really brings it out.

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    1. Thanks Rose. I strung everything on beading wire. The cresent is hanging on jump rings. It took a few attempt to get is just right!

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  10. Gorgeous soup!! You did a great job!!

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    1. Thanks, what is amazing is the blue cubes have a fuchsia lining.

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  12. Love that focal. Beautiful bead work.

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    1. Thanks Loretta, Deborah's etched pieces are great.

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  13. Beautiful designs! I love how you mixed the blues and teal together to echo the copper etched half moon. Stunning!

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    1. thanks Kathy... that was the plan!

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  14. Wow! What a beautiful necklace. I love the colour combination. It is just stunning.

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    1. Thanks Noemi, blue and copper are a new fav palette.

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  15. love the strong focals and great colours

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    1. Thanks it was a great soup to start with.

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  16. I think those copper beads you found were just perfect for your Kumihimo cord. I really enjoyed reading your thought process. Great creations.

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    1. They were a great find at one of my fav bead shop (beadfx.com). They are metal seed beads. I also got some in silver tone for another challenge.

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  17. Brilliant Designs!!! Love what you have done with your soup!!!!

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  18. Wonderful story and display of steps to better appreciate the final creation. Great job!. Can't wait to see more!

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    1. Thanks Maria. I hope to create something with the leftovers.

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  19. I'm not typically a fan of blue, but you have made some beautiful pieces. I would wear any of these designes. Nice job.

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    1. The blue looks purplish due to fuchsia lining.

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  20. Jo-Ann your blue necklace is gorgeus...I love the colors...you are very talented!!!

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  21. Wow, lovely and elegant all of them. Well Done Jo-Ann!

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  22. Oh wow, that necklace is to die for ! I love it ! The focal is simply perfection, and the beading frames it perfectly as well !

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    1. I want the beads and the crescent work together for the focal. Thanks!

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  23. Beautiful job with your soups! Your first necklace is stunning!

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  24. I really like the bracelet and the earrings, but I LOVE the necklace, what a gorgeous piece! I love how that kumihimo with the cube beads came out, I actually have those in my 'stash' you got me inspired to try it out too!!

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    1. Dig out the cubes and give it a try. My test was fun and simple to do.

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  25. phwoar! That is one spectacular necklace! Do not be messing with your focal arrangement, it's gorgeous as it is.

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    1. everyone's love of the focal arrangement has me thinking I have is just right.

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  26. what a w2onderful soup~` and beautiful creations made with it~~

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  27. Love the kumihimo necklace - so very pretty!

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  28. Beautiful work on the Kumihimo and it was nice to see your process - thank you.

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    1. I wanted to share the experimenting phase of the designing process.

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  29. Your technique is exquisite. Beautiful pieces and I'm so glad the extra week allowed you to make the pretty earrings.

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    1. It was great to have the sample findings sent to me by the wholesaler!

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  30. Love, love, love the kumihimo necklace and the bracelet, that clasp is to die for! Awesome!

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    1. I still have another that has some colour added.

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  31. What a great trio. I love how beautifully your kumihimo necklace turned out and that bracelet is gorgeous.

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  32. Oh wow, love that necklace. Love the Kumihimo chain.

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    1. Kumihimo is fun to do. It is one of my recent obsessions.

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  33. So pretty! You've definitely inspired me to try some beaded kumihimo!

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  34. final result of kumihimo just like rope in beadweaving =) interesting to try.
    And your blue design is so beautiful Jo-Ann.

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  35. Love your Kumihimo rope! Pairs great with the way you did the focal. Beautiful work!

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  36. Beautiful work. I love the bracelet, so nice. And the necklace is gorgeous.

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  37. Beautiful colours, your designs really show off your gorgeous soup!

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  38. Beautiful jewelry, really love the necklace.

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  39. I really love the way you designed the necklace!!! I like the design the colors everything!!! I love the bracelet and the earrings too. Great Job!!! Have a Blessed Day!

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  40. Stunning work! Lovely♥ soup & beautifully designed pieces!

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  41. Your necklace is really nice looking, I love the kumihimo with the cube beads. Think I may need to try it. I'm also very intrigued by the interchangeable earrings. It's a really interesting style to be able to do that with.

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    1. Earring findings were an interesting addition to the challenge.

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  42. You've created some beautiful pieces with your soup. I love how you were so creative with your focal bead/copper piece. I'm really loving copper jewelry this season. - Cheers!
    Lori in Atlanta

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    1. I have been adding copper to my designs for a couple of years. It is a nice change from silver.

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  43. I like the cubes in the kumihimo... one of these days I'll try kumi with beads :) Love your designs!

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    1. Try it! I have had lots of fun with using different beads. Going to try bicones next.

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  44. I like all your creations! That necklace is amazing!!I Color and composition is perfect! Really Soup-er

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  45. Love all the creations, such wonderful ideas...

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  46. WOW! The blue necklace is just fantastic!

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  47. I love all of your creations, but the kumihimo beaded braid with that pendant is just stunning!

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  48. Jo-Ann The copper seed beads really set off the kumihimo. I've tried it with just satin cord and had fun. My favorite piece is the bracelet with the etched clasp.

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    1. I have another etched clasp with colour added.

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  49. Your seed bead kumiho cord is gorgeous and sets off the beautiful pendant. I used kumiho cord made by my partner for the first time for one of my BS projects - hadn't thought about learning to make it myself, but your design is inspiring.

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  50. Beautiful work! That bead kuhmino chain is just fabulous with that focal!

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  51. Gorgeous use of your soup. I especially like how you mixed metals in the bracelet. Lovely.

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  52. beautiful pieces...the blue is amazing with the copper and your bead work is wonderful. i have a huge admiration for seed beaders!

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  53. The necklace is AMAZING!!!! the blue and the copper are just so vibrant together.....FABULOUS

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  54. Wow!Three beautiful jewelry pieces have you done. The necklace is a dream and the bracelet is amazing.! Congratulations to these great works!

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  55. Fun colorful transformation on the copper etched focal. Very pretty...

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  56. beautiful pieces - I've been admiring the beaded kumihimo for a while and it looks great on this necklace =)

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  57. Amazing bracelet and necklace! I am blown away!

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  58. Whoa I love the kumihimo with the cubes, it really accentuates that beautiful focal , the bracelet and earrings are also super awesome.

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  59. Wow amazing outstanding the colors your partner chose for u are beautiful. The designs you create are just breath taking. Ty for sharing your brilliance with us all

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  60. The kumihimo necklace with the copper focal? Stunning! The bracelet looks great too.

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  61. What a great stuff and colors! I love the deep blue one! Hugs, Doris

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  62. What an original soup, I love what you have done with it, I especially like the necklace with kumihimo braiding but it is all just beautiful!
    Jackie

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  63. Love what you got in your soup and how you used it! I haven't tried kumihimo yet, but this inspires me to try

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  64. Love what you did with your soup!!! That kumihimo is awesome! Love also the bracelet, a great color combination!
    Alenka

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  65. Wow! Amazing pieces! Like dream partner match!! You did amazing things with those beautiful components!

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  66. oh that bracelet is pretty! Love that blue with the copper! Great match to your necklace too :)

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  67. What an awesome soup, and boy did you ROCK IT! I LOVE your jewelry! I love the colors and how you strung the beads above the crescent moon shaped pendant. The stitching was a perfect compliment to the design! xo Genea

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  68. All of your pieces are wonderful. I love the colors and designs.

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  69. nice! u r so popular that u have soooooo many comments...gr8 soup u made!

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  70. Love what you made with the soup! Wearable but also unique and artistic!

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  71. Jo-Ann, your necklace is stunning. Every detail in it is beautiful: the beaded kumihimo, the cones, the hanging beads above the focal. An excellent use of the bead soup.
    Ana

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  72. Go Toronto Maple Leaf's!!!! I can see why you like my focal piece. I absolutely love the copper pieces you have done. Especially your necklace with the enamel piece! They are gorgeous. Great job. Your colors are perfect!

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  73. I love all your pieces and the designs are unique. Very nice work!!

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  74. OOOOOHhhh sooo pretty are your creations..I am a huge fan of copper and etching....and kumihimo.. Love what you created... :-)

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  75. Wowza, love that necklace! The focal stands out well by itself in your photo of your soup, but you made it a showpiece with your design. That is absolutely gorgeous! Glamorous and worldly are words that also come to mind. Greatly done!

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  76. That necklace is perfection! You did an amazing job with your soup. I also love the bracelet and earrings but OH that necklace!!!!!!!

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  77. This soup was wonderful and I love what you created from it!

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  78. I love your bracelet. The mixed metals look wonderful with those teal beads. Your necklace and what you did with the focal is amazing! I love it. Fun, go-to earrings that you made with the extra time.

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  79. That colored focal copper pendant is dynamite! I would have been totally overwhelmed by that. And I love that you were investigating a new technique for the braid.. It is gorgeous! Thank you for sharing your talents with the Bed Soup. Enjoy the day! Erin

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  80. I love copper! I love each and every design you made. Wow.

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  81. Absolutely awesome creations, so very beautiful!

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  82. What a beautiful work on the focal and the kumihimo adds so much character! The copper, teal and silver colors combo in the bracelet looks gorgeous! The earrings are subtle but sure to stand out. Amazingly, your partner handled the focal in a similar way!

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  83. Love the kumihimo!!! And those colors together just rock! You did a fantastic job!

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  84. Beautiful focal, copper lover. I can see the love you put into that necklace. Stunning.

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  85. Hi Joann, Your necklace is great. I like the teal lampworked beads above the copper focal. I like the bracelet too.

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  86. Jo-Ann, I was *sure* I had visited here (though I committed to hopping back to front, your blog is one I usually "cheat" with). Better late than never, I guess :(

    I adore kumihimo; of course I don't use beads. That beautiful cord is something I would aspire to, and it goes SO beautifully with Deb's colourful plate, doesn't it? Your mixed metals in the bracelet lends an edgy punch. I will definitely be checking out those interchangeable earring components... thanks for the link :)

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  87. That kumihimo is amazing!!! it sets off the focal so well......and those teal beads as accent ..... bellisimo. I haven't ventured into bead kumihimo, but this makes me want to start!

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  88. gorgeous pieces - would love to feature your copper and beaded necklace in my blog one day

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  89. Gorgeous! I love the texture of the cube bead Kumihimo.

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  90. Yep still hopping....beautiful pieces!

    http://veradesigns.blogspot.com

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  91. All of your pieces are spectacular! I especially like the necklace design. Awesome!!

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  92. I just love what you did with your soup! Those copper colored pieces are just beautiful. One of my favorite designs so far.

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