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Friday, July 17, 2009

BFAC - Woodland Waterfalls

Whatcha doing? My latest creative endeavor was completing a project for Layne’s Legacy – Beading for a Cure by the July 15 deadline. When my hands weren’t busy beading, my mind was occupied with decisions on incorporating one of each supplied bead type into a design to be auctioned off next spring. The kit included seed beads (one tube of 8/0s, one tube each of four 11/0s, one tube of 15/0s, 10/0 triangles, #3 twist bugle beads, 11/0 hex beads), Swarovski crystals (20 3mm jonquil, 20 4mm erinite, 20 4mm indicolite, 2 each of 2 sizes of rose montees), all supplied by Bead Storm , and a lampwork bead made by Laurie B. Smith. I added round black freshwater pearls to the mix. Project titles kept leaning toward ocean themes (down to the sea, deep blue sea, etc.), but as I was finishing the set, Woodland Waterfalls seemed most appropriate.

Woodland Waterfalls Set

A spiral net rope necklace, woven of silver-lined celery-green 8/0 beads throughout and 11/0 beads in sections gradually changing from one color to the next (light pink-lined olivine, silver-lined rainbow light sapphire, silver-lined light grey green, and metallic iris black purple), fastened with a bright sterling silver Bali toggle clasp (attached with tubular and flat peyote in 15/0 rainbow ice-blue 15/0 seed beads).

The removable pendant features Laurie B. Smith’s lampwork bead on a peyote bail with ice-blue 15/0 seed bead edging; star-shaped circular peyote beadcaps; and multiple dangles of seed beads; hex, twisted bugle, and triangle beads; Swarovski crystal bicones and rose montees; and black freshwater pearls.

The dangles are repeated in matching earrings hanging from tubular peyote bead caps made of rainbow ice-blue 15/0 seed beads attached to bright sterling silver Bali earpieces with heavy sterling silver solid jump rings.

Now to catch up with other projects and chores . . .


  1. Ooooh I do like this very much! I love the way the colours blend together - I'd wear that in a heartbeat ;)

  2. Thanks Ellen. It was fun to figure out how to get the colors to blend, then how to get each section somewhat identical. It's given me so many new ideas ...

  3. Oh, did a beautiful job! The entire set is absolutely *GORGEOUS*!!!

    The color gradation is just stunning. I love that you did the pendant separate and the earrings are fabulous too.

    Someone is going to love owning your pieces! You put your heart into this project and it shows. It is such a wonderful cause to bead for! You are a sweetheart to contribute.

    XO ~Lisa ;-)