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Purple Lantern Earrings

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Category Jewelry
Type Accessory, Earrings
Style Funky
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Who is this project for? Women

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What materials did you use? Vintage 1960's re-purposed purple lantern bead, 8mm metallic gold Czech glass faceted rondells, 5 mm hand-faceted amethyst rondells, 3mm purple chalcedony rounds, 2inch headpins, 20ga half hard wire for forming earwires.

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What are you most proud of? I love mixing up colors and finished of beads. I love the way that the accent beads aren't all uniform , and have that same play on texture and dimension that is seen in the focal. Also, I recently started making my own earwires, and I feel that just that little change can give a project a whole different vibe.

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? Go for it! Jewelry should be fun. Using a variety of sizes and finishes makes the whole thing more interesting visually. Also, this focal is re-purposed from one of the ugliest necklaces in the world. It was dated , half of the beads were falling off, the " gold tone" chain was discolored and flaking off...but despite all that I saw the beauty in the individual components. If you LOVE an element of something , but hate the original piece, take it apart and make something that makes you smile :-)

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