I played around with several necklace designs and tried (I mean I really REALLY tried!) to do the beautiful focal justice and I failed. Miserably. Horribly. Embarrassingly failed.
So when Lori sent the post giving us permission to make something other than jewelry with the beads, I went for it.
The beautiful glass orchid focal became the dangling charm of a mixed-media winged, wooded heart with the hand-made enameled crow centerpiece called "Create Beauty."
Some of the seed pearls and crystals were added to more crystal beads to use the double-stranded clasp Karen sent. The I wanted to make a pendant using something gold so made a fused glass "Goddess" that is precariously hanging from the strands.
Last came a simple set of earrings using the free-form pearls, blue and amber crystal beads.
So here's what I did -- one of these days I'll learn how to take better photos!
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