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Most Harmonious

by: Dwyn Tomlinson

The treasures of the Orient - Jade and Pearls. What could be a more perfect combination?

And truly, every once in a while, you hit on a combination of colours and shapes that is so perfect, so harmonious - it takes your breath away - and you just can't stop putting the beads together, making up more projects and stringing until you run out of beads. This was one of those projects!

This particular combination of the Flower Jade, the brass beads and bead caps, the Gold Pearls, and the Jonquil Satin crystals is so perfect - it makes my heart sing. The delicate translucency of the jade makes it look like some peeled fruit, like gooseberries or lychees. The shimmer of the pearls is the counterpoint, and the crystals makes the combination open and airy. Extensive use of crimp beads keep open spaces that transform relatively large beads into a piece that has a light and delicate look.

I started by cutting apart the strands of Jade beads and sorting them by colour, so that I could use like-colours together.

The multi-strand floating necklace uses crimp beads above and below each element or bead assembly to keep them in place. The Extreme Gold Softflex is so pretty - it adds such a nice decorative element to this piece.

As there are so many projects here, and none of this is complicated, but if you want a listing of the exact order the beads are strung on, download this pdf listing here.













          
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Components
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tc94-6142-26 Finding - Toggle Clasp - Spirals Ring and Bar - Antique Gold

(I used on multistrand necklace. You could also use on bracelet.)

Price: $ 4.09
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74201090 Findings - Chain Extender - Goldtone (Pair)

(One used in the single strand necklace.)

Price: $ 1.06
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23440000 Findings - Clasps - 10 mm Lobster Claw - Hamilton Gold (Goldplated)

(One in the single strand necklace.)

Price: $ 0.30
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96096052 Findings - Crimps - 2 mm Crimp Tubes - Gold-filled (25)

(All told - I used 38.)

Price: $ 6.50
per
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23610892 Findings - Earring - Leverback - Plain - Goldtone (Pair)Price: $ 0.55
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Qty: 2 tc94-3133-26 Findings - Link - 25 mm Spirals Flat Round Ring - Antique Gold

(Multistrand necklace only)

Price: $ 1.91
per
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s12320 Findings - Toggle Clasp - Etruscan Rope - Vermeil

(I used this on the bracelet - just a beautiful clasp!)

Price: $ 52.65
per
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22601022 Headpins - 1.5 in / 24 ga Flat Head - Goldplated (100)

(What ever gold headpins you have are fine - there is one in each project, and two in the earrings.)

Price: $ 2.65
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s21665 Metal Bead Cap - 10 mm Poinsettia Cap - Bright Brass

(Used in all projects. I used 60 in total.)

Price: $ 0.28
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tc93-0423-26 Metal Beads - 5 mm Hex Rondelle - Goldtone (10)

(These are in all projects. By my count, I used 77.)

Price: $ 2.19
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961ext02430gld Softflex (tm) Beading Wire - 30 ft .024 (Heavy) - Extreme 24k Gold (Spool)

(I used in all projects, except the earrings. It's not really visible so much in the bracelet and single strand necklace, but does show at the ends and influences the colour of the crystals.)

Price: $ 68.95
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s28291 Stone Beads - 12 mm Round - Flower Jade (strand)

(I had only one strand - I used it in everything but the earrings, with no leftovers.)

Price: $ 13.50
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s28290 Stone Beads - 16 mm Round - Flower Jade (strand)

(I used all of one strand - which took care of the multi-strand necklace, the bracelet, and the earrings.)

Price: $ 15.60
per
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s28292 Stone Beads - 8 mm Round - Flower Jade (strand)

(I had 2 strands - which I used in both necklaces. There were a few left overs.)

Price: $ 8.40
per
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27753011631213 Swarovski Bead - 4 mm Faceted Bicone (5301) - Jonquil Satin (36)

(I used 2 packs - they are in all projects except the earrings - there were no left overs.)

Price: $ 6.00
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27758101147001 Swarovski Pearl - 8 mm Round Pearl (5810) - Gold Pearl (strand 25)

(I used one strand - these are in all the items except the earrings. There were no leftovers.)

Price: $ 8.80
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