Saturday, July 28, 2012

Bead Soup Blog Party 6 Reveal

I absolutely adore the soup Jean sent. These beads are so gorgeous I could do just about anything with them and walk out with something breath taking! Beads this gorgeous really take the pressure off and allow you to play. I sketched up design ideas immediately and I’m so glad I did because somehow I managed to completely load my wagon.

Already having those sketches allowed me to deal with everything else I had going on, Go me! I had a plan and I was getting things done! Even the what ifs didn’t slow me down too terribly bad. I managed to get that gorgeous Anne Choi bead finished with only minor modifications.

Yup I was doing great, then I heard it, thunder in the distance. We have had 100+ degree temperatures since the first week of May and very little rain. Thunder was a welcome sound. I got up looked out the window and could see the rain off in the distance and heading in our direction. Then the wind. No rain means the trees are brown and the leaves were swirling as if it were autumn. That much wind worried me for a moment but I had a necklace to finish. I sat down to work and flash, boom, darkness, no power.

We picked up take out for dinner, ate by candlelight, and the kids headed off to their respective lap tops. My oldest checks on the estimated return of power..... 6 am noooooo Tomorrow is picture day, write the blog post day. It is not finish the necklace day! Armed with a flash light I headed into the darkness of my office. I wrapped beaded links and made up my chain by the light of my flash light! With only a couple inches to go the power came back on and I was able to play with LOS at midnight!

A little reminder of those beautiful baubles Jean sent.
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They immediately set my mind to a Garden and my inspiration board was born and designs sketched out in no time at all
So without further ado what you’ve come to see...... My Garden Gate

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I had to set the first pic in the garden these Iris bloom in two tone and set the mood for the Anne Choi bead.

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The Earthenwood escutcheon inspired an ensemble of pieces, the Key in scrolls reminiscent of iron work gates. A simple beaded chain of Amethyst and turkish silver and of course a bee with multiple strands of color lined glass seed beads and a sprinkling of Amethysts too.

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And the Anne Choi bead. A focal in its own right - all a person really needed to do was string it and it would be worthy of any occasion. I chose instead to bring forth the beauty of her Iris and frame the bead instead. The Labradorite Jean sent has amazing flash, each and every single one of them. To achieve the two tone Iris I paired them with Amethyst and Blue Onyx ovals. Simply weaving leaves to finish the frame.

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I do hope you have enjoyed your stay with me today. Please stop by JEANS BLOG and take a peek at her reveal - I’m on my way there right now! See you there!!

Jeans blog in case my hyper link didn’t work...
http://prettykittydogmoonjewelry.blogspot.com/
Don’t forget to drop by Lori’s blog and say Hi! and Thank you for hosting another awesome party! Enjoy the rest of the Hop !!

191 comments:

  1. You rock that wirework - wish I'm half talented as you in wiring!

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    1. Thank you so much! Just takes practice :)
      Love your lampwork!

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  2. Beautiful love the pastel water colours and the detail in your wrapping

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  3. This is beautiful and delicate! I love your wirework and what you've done with the gems. It has a dainty fairy feel to it.

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  4. Your soup is magical. I think Alice Kingsley would like to wear it in Wonderland :)

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  5. WOW!! Stunning pieces - I agree it definately has an Alice in Wonderland vibe to it (my favourite story) ... your wire wrapping is amazing (wish I could do it that well... runs off to practice lol) =)

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    1. Thank you so much!
      I peeked at your blog - Congrats! That's quite an honor!

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  6. Yummy soup. Amazing wrapping...beautiful pieces!

    Happy hopping!

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  7. I am so stunned at the beauty of your work I am breathless! I cannot believe what you have made! You are so incredible, Dana! You add beauty to everything you touch! I love everything, EVERYTHING! WOW!!! It is wonderful!!! Thank you for sharing your talents!!!

    all love, jean! xoxox

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    1. You sent me such beautiful things to play with I couldn't go wrong! :)
      love and hugs!!!

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  8. OMG! The focals are fabulous! Your work is gorgeous! Love them all!

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  9. Fabulous focals ! I love the softness and delicateness of the pieces. Amazing !

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  10. Such pretty pastels.Lovely and then more.Love and hugs Tanya

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    1. Thank you so much Tanya! and for the page you put together too :) it was very handy this morning!!

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  11. Utterly stunning, each and every piece!

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  12. Gorgeous pieces! Your wirework skills are to be envied--such talent you have!

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  13. Multi-talented! Love all the different effects that you used to create such wonderful pieces. I would wear them all! <3

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  14. Lovely finishes! AMAZING wire work, especially the heart key.

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  15. Soft and pretty with strength at the core. Lovely work. I especially admire the design and execution of the wire wrapped frame!

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  16. very pretty, love the romantic look of everything. Great wire work!

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  17. Wow, such beautifully and skillfully designed pieces. And those focals and labradorite flowers - love!

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  18. Your wirework is absolutely inspiring! I don't need a new hobby, but if I thought I could make such beautiful things, I might have to take it up! You made gorgeous, stunning focals even more beautiful!

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    1. Thank you Marti! I love the bird you sent Karyn too!!

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  19. Great pieces. Stunning wirework.

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  20. Today I saw many BSBP reveal works, but your is definately one of the best!
    Very nice jewelries!

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  21. Now that's dedication -- beading by flashlight!

    You LUCKY girl to get an Anne Choi bead! I've been longing for one since I first started beading. I LOVe how you accented it but didn't overpower it. Absolutely gorgeous work on the ceramic, too!

    I need to come to your house for lessons!

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    1. I believe you are very right Lori! Thank you for pairing us up :D

      If we ever get this house finished I would love to have beady visitors! That would be so much fun!

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  22. AWESOME! Your gift to accentuate the work of the bead while showing your own is priceless... your work belongs in a museum. Absolutely stunning pieces - LOVE <3

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  23. Anne Choi! Wow! You were bkessed with beautiful ingredients and your soup is delicious! Amazing!

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    1. I was definitely blessed :) Thank you Patti!

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  24. wow~that wirework key is incredible! beautiful pieces, all of them

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  25. Wow - nice wirework! I really love what you did with the soup.

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  26. Cool! My favourite so far in the blogs I have looked at today :)

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  27. Love the piece with the Anne Choi bead. Beautiful!

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  28. oh wow - gorgeous work! your wire work is simply stunning! and I can't believe you were working by flashlight - wow. amazing

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    1. Thank you! :) Just the chain! I'd probably have a million crossed wires if I tried to weave like that!! :D

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  29. I am speechless! Your wire-wrapped key took my breath away! All of your pieces are so stunning!

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  30. Incredible work! I am just speechless! :) Beautiful!

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  31. Elegant wirework! Congratulations!

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    1. Thank you! Your soup is gorgeous! Can't wait to see what you do!

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  32. Ok, as a seed beader, I'm not familiar with Anne Choi, but it is clear she makes amazing pieces. But truly, your wirework is what took my breath away. You brought tears to my eyes with it's beauty. I'm so very thrilled to get to see your work!

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    1. That's ok I had to go look her up too :) I'm glad I did - she does beautiful work! http://annechoi.com/
      Thank you so much Shirley!

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  33. You have to be the most creative designer so far on the blog hop for me! The colors! The texture! The BEADS!!!

    I am stunned with the wire work you did on both the key hole and the iris focals!

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  34. Oh, my goodness. You just took first place for me. The creativity, the vision, the execution! Wow, it's all great. I can't believe what I'm looking at. Great job!

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  35. And, you did it all in the dark, and you were probably wearing high heels too!

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    1. LOL Barefoot! My flash light has an adjustable head - so I sat it on my keyboard and adjusted it to shine on my hands - and I had to rewrap three or four links in the morning :) But I still had morning light for my photos that way. Thank you again!! Your comment was better than aspirin!

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  36. Really beautiful. Your wire work is lovely, and your setting and photographs are perfect.

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  37. I am in awe of your ability to work that wire. Def one of my favs by far.

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  38. What a great wire work on the first pendant!!! Unbelivable! Hugs, Doris

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  39. So beautiful, LOely, lovely necklaces!

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  40. What a soup!!! And then top it off with such creative designing....whoo hoo. Gorgeous - absolutely gorgeous.

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    1. Thank you! I seriously couldn't go wrong with these beads!

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  41. Lovely pieces! So glad your power came back on in time :)

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  42. Love your designs , all are so unique and vibrant! Nicely done!

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  43. Oh, I want to stay in your garden and play! What beautiful jewelry you made!

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  44. These pieces have taken my breath away! So lovely and what a lucky gal to receive such delicious soup mix! Your wire work is so delicate and intricate! Fabulous!

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  45. WoW! Incredible!! Gorgeous!! Beautiful! Stunning! Amazing!

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    1. Thank you Dee! How cool to see someone else from Arkansas!!

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  46. I am just drooling over that last necklace! Priceless!

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  47. Beautiful work! You're very talented with the wire and everything else too!

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  48. All so fabulous...I love what you did with the Anne Choi bead/pendant...I have a similar bead...you got me thinking!??!

    Smiles, Pam

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    1. Thank you Pam! Inspiration and Ideas are a good thing!

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  49. The last piece is by far my favorite. I love how you made the leaves and the flowers around the top.Great artistic work. Anyone would be proud to wear such a stunning necklace.

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  50. I am in love with those necklaces,so soft ,delicate colours.Everything you made is fabolous

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    1. Thank you Amy! I just peeked at your blog and Wow! Gorgeous work!

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  51. Wow, that's just a beautiful addition to an already stunning pendant. And your other pieces are also fantastic!

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  52. What a gorgeous garden of designs!

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  53. I adore Anne Choi and usually choose to go simple when using one of her beads. But WOW! The wire addition is really cool and the splay of gemstones above is breathtaking. I'll bet Anne would love to see what you did with her bead. The rest of your pieces as so pretty too. The wire wrapped key over the keyhole is very clever!

    Thanks so much for visiting my blog yesterday and taking the time to leave a comment on my reveal. Have a great weekend

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  54. Oh WOW!!! Even with no power for a while, you made some BEAUTIFUL pieces. I'm in love with the last one with it's bouquet of laboradite flowers. So wonderful, so lovely, so inspirational!! Even with difficulties, you produced something spectacular!

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  55. That is one amazing cup of bead soup you had there! And the finished pieces - what can I say? Elegant, graceful, and beautiful! Nicely done!

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  56. A gorgeous bead soup you were given but what you did with it speaks to your amazing artistic talent and eye for design. So beautiful and well done!
    Katherine

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  57. I just read that you live in London, AR. I live in Fort Smith! Wow! nice to find a local crafter.

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  58. Wow, beautiful soup, amazing jewellery, absolutely jaw dropping!

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  59. Love the key necklace. What a creative way to incorporate it with the keyhole. In the last bead you showcased that lovely focal perfectly and ever so creatively. WOW!!

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  60. Your wire key is just awesome, I love the swirls! I love the necklace you made with the Anne Choi focal too...the gemstones and wire work went so beautifully with it.

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  61. What delightfully romantic pieces. And I love the colors!

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  62. Jaw dropping indeed, I agree. That soup by itself is already gorgeous, but your wire weaving skills propelled it to AWESOME. Especially love the escutcheon focal with the wirewoven key. <3

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  63. Absolutely gorgeous colour palette! Your wire skills are amazing! I can't pick a favourite, but if I had to it would be the Earthenwood focal necklace or maybe the labradorite Iris piece. Oh, it's bead torture! :)

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  64. Oh wow. You may need rain, but oh how your garden grows! Beautiful work, completely inspired use of the already stunning Anne Choi pendant. Perfect!

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  65. Very unique. Beautiful pieces. Especially the Anne Choi - jealous! ;0)

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  66. Hi Dana,
    Wow I love your creations they are beautiful and unique! Great job.
    Therese

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    1. Thank you so much Therese! Looking forward to your reveal - that pendant was cute!!

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  67. Wow everything is beautiful! Love what you did with the flower pendant. Your wire work is amazing!! Glad the power wasn't out for as long as they originally thought

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    1. Thank you! You and me both! Some people in the area only got their power back yesterday!

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  68. What a beautiful piece you did. thank you so much for stopping by for a visit. I do love wirewrapping!! Your site is beautiful.

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  69. Your wire work is to die for! And those components from your partner are so beautiful!

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    1. Thank you Denielle! I agree, Jean has wonderful taste in beads :)

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  70. Wow! Everything is so AMAZING!!! Your wire work is just breath taking!!! I am in awe!!! Utterly amazing designs!!!

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  71. Gorgeous!!! Love all the bead soup goodies and I love what you did with them!

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  72. Truly one of a kind. A stand out for sure. This is the kind of piece that inspires others.

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  73. what a lovely soup your received and the peices you created are beautiful

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  74. Wow!! What an incredible soup you received. I love everything. The necklace in the bottom photos is my total favorite. Great wire work on it!

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  75. Wow! Your wire work is stunning..! All so fabulous..! Love it..! :)

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  76. Amazing soup, and amazing work! Wow. All of your pieces are just so fantastic! I love how you use the labradorite. Every piece is so classy. I used a garden theme as well, but yours are just so much more eternal.

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  77. WOW - love all the pieces you created! Your wire work is amazing! I am LOVE with your last necklace - beautiful work!

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  78. I absolutely love your first necklace - specially the wirework is stunning and makes the pendant perfect.

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    1. Thank you! I just peeked at your blog, you do sketches like I do :) lots of notes! Love that!! Looking forward to seeing your reveal!

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  79. Wow, your creations are stunning!! Amazing wire work!

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  80. Your soup was lovely and what you did with it leaves me speechless (& without power to boot!) Nice job.

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  81. Beautiful and whimsical! Love what you created! Wonderful wire work. My favorite is the necklace with the Anne Choi bead!

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  82. Dana, my beauty! You made the most phenomenal pieces with ALL of your components, letting your artistic voice intertwine perfectly with all of those beautiful pieces. Although I know that the Earthenwood escutcheon is a true treasure and excellent example of your skill with wire, I really love the Anne Choi piece because of the restraint you showed - preserving the simplicity of the line with your wire embellishment, creating a precious keepsake. Well done, beautiful lady!!!

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    1. Thank you so much Perri! It means so much to me :)

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  83. These are the most delicate, charming and elegant pieces I've seen yet! Love what you made with these pendants!! Friendly greetings from Finland :-D

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    1. Thank you! Looks like Lisa sent you some fun ingredients! Looking forward to seeing your creations!

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  84. Such a beautiful collection, all your designs are beautiful!

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  85. what a beautiful! soup and you have made such gorgeous pieces!

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  86. Your amethyst and turkish silver is amazing. I envy your skill at wire wrapping!

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  87. I love the third necklace!
    ciao dall'Italia

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  88. Just absolutely beautiful and so elegant

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  89. oh my goodness, your wire wrapping is stunning! such patience and love....beautiful!!

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  90. I love how you embellished and showcased the Anne Choi focal. It really made it stand out and added so much detail without overpowering the pendant. Absolutely gorgeous!

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  91. That wire key is sensational! I adore it :)

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  92. Wow - your wire work is sublime! Must.go.practice... :) Ooh, the beauty of all your pieces - stunning!

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  93. Oh, my word! That is phenomenal! I love keyholes and that skeleton key you designed in wire is blowing my mind! Love it! And to have an Anne Choi bead would be heaven on earth. I never think that those can be improved upon, but you did a marvelous job! Enjoy the day. Erin

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  94. Thank you Alicia and Erin both so much!

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