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Old 03-20-2009, 07:07 PM   #41
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I'm stumped on the bottom one then. It is just too hard to make it out enough. Mail it to me and I bet I could identify it.

Alaska has beaucoup jade, one whole mountain is made of it.
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Old 03-20-2009, 07:21 PM   #42
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In the heat of the afternoon I have been stringing bead necklaces. A sister and a friend lean towards the wild so the top two are for them:







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Old 03-20-2009, 07:31 PM   #43
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In the heat of the afternoon...
I'm wondering if the motivation for your post was to share your excellent handiwork or to provide the opportunity to use the above for a lead-in...

(BTW, are you offended if someone says you have "beady eyes"? )
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Old 03-20-2009, 07:45 PM   #44
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A few years ago, we visited a jade shop in Girdwood, about 40 miles east of Anchorage on the Seward Highway which clings to Turnagain Arm. They had a window to the back where they were cutting a HUGE piece of jade into smaller chunks. The piece was maybe a dozen feet long, four feet high and about two feet thick, and a machine was applying a hacksaw to the jade and constantly applying coolant and lubricant to the blade. When I looked at what some of the small pieces sold for and looked at the size of that chunk of jade, it was rather awe-inspiring.
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Martha ,
Great work ! I'm not sure which is my favorite !
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I don't have any pictures handy, but my favorite "bling" is amber. I have some beautiful pieces I've picked up over the years. Amber is a unique item. It actually feels warm to the touch unlike other jem stones. Martha, I'd love to see what you could do with this.
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Hi,
Wanted to wait to contribute/comment until I had some photos to share. Today I found time to photograph and upload these pix of some necklaces I strung with dichroic glass beads and sterling silver beads and findings. Am not sure how well I captured the colors and sparkle, but here goes...

Martha, I admire your necklaces very much. Are the sterling beads from Fire Mountain Gems? They resemble the Thai Hill Tribes silver beads I buy from FMG. Am a very good customer of theirs, ha ha!

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Darn, I am going to have to re-do these pictures. Think I shrank them too much for the play of colors in the dichroic beads to show up. These are wilder and crazier than the picture shows.
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I had a biker party to go to last night, so I wanted the proper jewelry for the evening. I went to the Harley dealership and looked at the necklaces; no way was I going to spend $90 and over for their pieces. So I looked around and saw the key chains. I had a necklace that was given to me, so I just ran the chain through a loop on the key chain, then attached my bobble to the key ring....total cost of necklace....$6.95.....
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Clever girl. What, no matching earrings?
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I had a biker party to go to last night, so I wanted the proper jewelry for the evening. I went to the Harley dealership and looked at the necklaces; no way was I going to spend $90 and over for their pieces. So I looked around and saw the key chains. I had a necklace that was given to me, so I just ran the chain through a loop on the key chain, then attached my bobble to the key ring....total cost of necklace....$6.95.....
Like your blouse too, Chickie-Poo.

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Clever girl. What, no matching earrings?
...didn't have time to figure that one out.

I have seen cuff earrings...I have to order those though. The cuffs I have are way too big for my ears.....

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Like your blouse too, Chickie-Poo.
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Why thank you...that's my "biker trash" blouse....
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Hi,
Wanted to wait to contribute/comment until I had some photos to share. Today I found time to photograph and upload these pix of some necklaces I strung with dichroic glass beads and sterling silver beads and findings. Am not sure how well I captured the colors and sparkle, but here goes...

Martha, I admire your necklaces very much. Are the sterling beads from Fire Mountain Gems? They resemble the Thai Hill Tribes silver beads I buy from FMG. Am a very good customer of theirs, ha ha!

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Yeah, I usually buy my silver from FMG's because the price is good if you buy "enough." Silver cost is killing me though and I am working more with copper.

It is hard to photo these things, isn't it. I really like your color mix.
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