I just recently went to a great museum we have around here, I knew immediately the kids may not get me to leave this section, it was the Gems of the Earth! I was instantly stricken with inspiration for gemstone video I was coming up with. The Amazonite and Smokey Quartz crystal formation I spotted was it! I quickly snapped a picture of it, before I was being dragged away to see what I would look like as a large golf ball...seriously. Upon my return to work I pulled up my pretty inspirational formation and found the beads I need for this design. The color blocking technique works so well with the two shades of blue Amazonite and the nugget section of Smokey Quartz. I hope you all enjoy this design and can interpret it to your inspiration!
Tips and Tricks
Though I used one strand in the 8mm Amozonite round and Smokey Quartz Nugget, I did use a few more beads of a second strand of the 6mm Amozonite.
Bead boards are a great tool when making multi-stranded necklaces.
Using a smaller size bead at the back of the necklace works better with the 3 strand slide lock clasp.
Informative video on how to make the necklace, how to use a bead board, and the use of a magical crimp tool. Karla, as always, is clear in her instructions and does a good job of instilling confidence in a novice beader, like myself. I like the way that Karla makes an occasional "mistake" and shows the viewer how to correct. I'm glad I watched.
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Questions and Answers
Q:My question is about the pink bracelet. Do you have a video on that beautiful bracelet. I don't know if I'm good enough to make that or not. I buy so much of your beads but my skills are not very good. I still have not learned Kumihimo but, I bought so much of the materials to try and get it. Any hints from you I would love to know? This amazonite necklace is beautiful. I think I can handle that. Karla is so good at what she does.
A: The pink bracelet I am wearing is a project on our site. It is a Peyote stitch that we also have a video on. However this time you are following a pattern which is a bit more difficult, but you can do it! Please see the link below: http://www.auntiesbeads.com/Zebra-Striped-Peyote-Cuff-Bracelet-Project_p_25167.html Kumihimo took me a couple of tries before I got it! Just like many things it just takes a bit of practice and patience!
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Q:I didn't know that amazonite and smoky quartz deposits are usually found together until I watched Prospectors...it is a show about people w/ claims in the Colorado mountains. I had no idea that all of the various semi-precious stones could be found so close to where I used to live?! (Aquamarine and fluorite too). LOVE these colors together, Karla!
A: I wouldn't advise that because of the weight of the beads, I am afraid it would be too heavy.
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