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Yep, time for more butterflies.  I’ve had a lot of free time the last few days making stuff for the yard sale and watching over the sale and all that, so I finally used the three green glass butterfly pendants I bought a few weeks back.  I had to find some bails the other week though so that I would be able to use them as a jump ring wasn’t big enough.  I didn’t take pictures of the full necklaces this time, so if you are interested in seeing more pictures (laid out flat or being worn) please email me.  The first one I put on a strand with dark green clear seed beads and a larger silver lined bead in small increments.  I think this one looks pretty nice, especially if you love green.  In addition, the card I made myself using a label with my blog address to encourage anyone that purchases something to visit my blog and see more stuff and whatnot.  I think the cards make it look more professional as well.

The second one I made with a silver lined green because I had (I thought) ran out of the other kind, I only had about 20 or so left after making the first necklace.  This one I decided to do a double strand style, that is doing two strands of small beads between each large bead, using the same large beads as the first.

And the last one, where I *thought* I had run out of the clear dark green beads… I found a whole other flip top full of them, so I decided to use those again because it goes better with the green on the butterfly.  However, I did actually run out of the large green beads so I decided to go with a dark blue silver lined.  I think the blue really pops on this one and it was my favorite.  I also didn’t personally like the double strand so I did another single strand.

As usual, if you like any of these, they are all for sale (unless I manage to sell them in the last day of the yard sale tomorrow, which right now looks doubtful).  The prices will be up on the How to Order page.  I have more posts to come, including more earring designs and some more bobby pins (mostly to show case some different colors) as well as the success (or failure) of the yard sale this weekend.

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In case you guys haven’t noticed… I love butterflies.  I tend to make things I find attractive or pretty, even though I don’t wear much, if any, jewelry.  I also love purple (it is epic ya know… okay bad WoW joke…).  But anyways, today I’m going to show and talk about two necklaces I’ve made.

This first one doesn’t really use a charm or anything, but I had ordered some butterfly shaped beads which I expected to be well… big.  What I got was iiiiittty bitty.  But that’s okay, I didn’t know, so I maded a use out of them anyways.  It might be hard to see, cause they are so small, but this necklace features four small butterfly Swarovski shaped crystal beads and one larger glass butterfly bead.  It’s a simple strung necklace with alternating pink and white, with just white after the butterflies start.

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As I said last time I’ve been trying to make things I think will sell at our yardsale.  So I was looking through all my stuff and I have a bunch of larger glass beads.  I haven’t done much in the way of simple stringing, but the one idea that had occurred to me was to make cell phone charms with these beads.  This lead me to thinking of other things I can do, and I thought of making bookmarks, so I looked it up and lo-and-behold, people have done it before.  So I’m not that unique with that idea, but the few items I have made so far are petty unique, in that I don’t have many duplicates of these beads, if any.  It may be possible to find some, but there are no guarantees in being able to produce these items again.  Once they’ve been sold that’s it.  I will probably keep finding unique little glass beads and be able to make more, but like a snowflake, they’ll each be different.  Yeah that was a lame analogy, but whatever.

So, this is the first bookmark (or book thong, hehehe) that I made.  I realized after I made it I probably should have put the top heart on the other way, but oh well.  It still looks pretty good.  The seed bead portion is approximately 9 inches in length and is long enough to fit most sized paperback books, as I will show you in a minute.  I will be making some longer ones that will be able to fit larger hard backed books.

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So my beading career actually began long long ago.  Every summer when I was between 5th and 7th grades, I participated in a Summer FAIR program (FAIR standing for Fine Arts In Rockbridge).  One summer a beading class was offered so I thought I’d take it and I loved it.  This class gave me the basic on how to make beadwork, follow patterns, etc.  I had a lot of fun with it, but after that I never did much with it, a little bit here and there, start projects and never start, you know how it goes with hobbies sometimes.  This little amulet purses is one of the things I made in that class.  Sorry the picture quality isn’t the best, it’s hard to find good light in my house.

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I'm a nerd, geek, dork, whatever you want to call me. I'm a big gamer(yep, I play WoW) which is where I get most of my inspiration for my work. I'm an Engineer and working on a Ph.D. If you have any special requests, questions, or comments, please email me at geekbeads@gmail.com.

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