Faux Watermelon Tourmaline Necklace

Faux Watermelon Tourmaline Necklace

Post by Mj » Fri, 23 May 2003 23:52:42



Wow!!  That's stunning!  I was wondering what you were going to do with all
those beads and now I can see.  Great job!

As to Photoshop - I'd suggest Paint Shop Pro as a reasonably priced
substitute.

Mj

--
=================================
Marjean Cline
Halsey Trading Company
eBay ID:  ladymorgause
http://www.stores.ebay.com/id=1146230
=================================


<SNIP>

Quote:
> Marjean helped solve my problem in a perfect way:  she is/was selling
Czech
> faceted roundelles in a "tourmaline mix."  I bought the larger 9X6 mm
size,
> which was perfect for my purposes.  I bought 10 strands, and have enough
left
> over for a 3 strand beacelet.

<SNIP>

Quote:
>The necklace looks great in person.  Really, really great, and I think it's
> one of my favorite pieces.  Sadly, the photographs don't really capture
it.
> Specifically, the darkest color bead (a deep teal) looks like light blue
in
> the photo.  I'm feeling the need for Photoshop more every day, but that
costs
> _way_ more than beads!

 
 
 

Faux Watermelon Tourmaline Necklace

Post by Diana Curti » Sat, 24 May 2003 02:23:32


Its beautiful Kathy! If the picture isnt doing it justice then its flat
knockout gorgeous!
Diana

--
http://photos.yahoo.com/lunamom44

Quote:
> After all this time weaseling out of taking photos of my work, I've been
> having fun with my new digital camera.  Today's entry is a necklace that I
> love, but didn't photograph well at all.

> As some of you may have seen, the new issue of Beadwork Magazine features
a
> faux watermelon tourmaline necklace, made of seed beads.  I loved it, and
> love tourmaline, but haven't won the lottery lately.  All the real
tourmaline
> is priced way out of reach, and the stuff I've seen available has been
> smaller than I'd like (as in close to $100 for a 16" strand of 3.5 mm
> rondelles)

> I was looking at the seed bead necklace, and decided I wanted something
with
> a more oomph.  Those little beads are beautiful, and look more or less
real,
> but the necklace had two "gotchas," in my book:  I like bigger stones, and
> the idea that the essential 7 strand components were only available from
one
> source ticked me off.  (Why not make the _whole_ article an ad for your
> bead-supplier friend)

> Marjean helped solve my problem in a perfect way:  she is/was selling
Czech
> faceted roundelles in a "tourmaline mix."  I bought the larger 9X6 mm
size,
> which was perfect for my purposes.  I bought 10 strands, and have enough
left
> over for a 3 strand beacelet.

> The hardest part, by far, was sorting the beads and laying them out in the
> order I liked.  I don't own a bead board, and it wouldn't have done a heck
of
> a lot of good in this instance, so I kludged together a grooved pad from
> craft foam.  The necklace is strung on the heaviest Cabela's GSP line I
could
> find (50 lb strength?), because it drapes even more nicely than 49 strand
> Softouch, IMO.

> I used a 3 strand spacer cone, because these are big beads, and more than
> three strands would have been too heavy.  But in a spirit of excess, I
used
> the most granulated, fancy Bali I could find.  The spacers, accent beads
and
> end cones (which weren't required, but I liked the look) all match.

> The necklace looks great in person.  Really, really great, and I think
it's
> one of my favorite pieces.  Sadly, the photographs don't really capture
it.
> Specifically, the darkest color bead (a deep teal) looks like light blue
in
> the photo.  I'm feeling the need for Photoshop more every day, but that
costs
> _way_ more than beads!

> Now that I made the "big" version, I think I'll make the seed bead
version,
> modified of course, since I'm constitutionally incapable of copying
anything
> exactly.

> Oh, you want the photo?  It's in my usual place (I coughed the $20 and
> actually bought my space.  The price isn't unusually high, and I like the
> interface)

> www.picturetrail.com/kathynv

> Oh yes, I did add some more photos from the wedding, so it doesn't look
like
> Aunt Marie married her nephew!

> Kathy N-V


 
 
 

Faux Watermelon Tourmaline Necklace

Post by mkahoga » Sat, 24 May 2003 01:29:53


I love it.  It looks like the real thing.
KathyH

Quote:
> After all this time weaseling out of taking photos of my work, I've been
> having fun with my new digital camera.  Today's entry is a necklace that I
> love, but didn't photograph well at all.

> As some of you may have seen, the new issue of Beadwork Magazine features
a
> faux watermelon tourmaline necklace, made of seed beads.  I loved it, and
> love tourmaline, but haven't won the lottery lately.  All the real
tourmaline
> is priced way out of reach, and the stuff I've seen available has been
> smaller than I'd like (as in close to $100 for a 16" strand of 3.5 mm
> rondelles)

> I was looking at the seed bead necklace, and decided I wanted something
with
> a more oomph.  Those little beads are beautiful, and look more or less
real,
> but the necklace had two "gotchas," in my book:  I like bigger stones, and
> the idea that the essential 7 strand components were only available from
one
> source ticked me off.  (Why not make the _whole_ article an ad for your
> bead-supplier friend)

> Marjean helped solve my problem in a perfect way:  she is/was selling
Czech
> faceted roundelles in a "tourmaline mix."  I bought the larger 9X6 mm
size,
> which was perfect for my purposes.  I bought 10 strands, and have enough
left
> over for a 3 strand beacelet.

> The hardest part, by far, was sorting the beads and laying them out in the
> order I liked.  I don't own a bead board, and it wouldn't have done a heck
of
> a lot of good in this instance, so I kludged together a grooved pad from
> craft foam.  The necklace is strung on the heaviest Cabela's GSP line I
could
> find (50 lb strength?), because it drapes even more nicely than 49 strand
> Softouch, IMO.

> I used a 3 strand spacer cone, because these are big beads, and more than
> three strands would have been too heavy.  But in a spirit of excess, I
used
> the most granulated, fancy Bali I could find.  The spacers, accent beads
and
> end cones (which weren't required, but I liked the look) all match.

> The necklace looks great in person.  Really, really great, and I think
it's
> one of my favorite pieces.  Sadly, the photographs don't really capture
it.
> Specifically, the darkest color bead (a deep teal) looks like light blue
in
> the photo.  I'm feeling the need for Photoshop more every day, but that
costs
> _way_ more than beads!

> Now that I made the "big" version, I think I'll make the seed bead
version,
> modified of course, since I'm constitutionally incapable of copying
anything
> exactly.

> Oh, you want the photo?  It's in my usual place (I coughed the $20 and
> actually bought my space.  The price isn't unusually high, and I like the
> interface)

> www.picturetrail.com/kathynv

> Oh yes, I did add some more photos from the wedding, so it doesn't look
like
> Aunt Marie married her nephew!

> Kathy N-V

 
 
 

Faux Watermelon Tourmaline Necklace

Post by Beads19 » Sat, 24 May 2003 01:37:41


Very pretty, Kathy.  I liked the way you used the turquoise rondelles to
simulate the blue tourmaline.  I actually like it better than the one in Bead
and Button.
Patti
 
 
 

Faux Watermelon Tourmaline Necklace

Post by Lee S. Billin » Sat, 24 May 2003 01:56:24



Quote:

>Wow!!  That's stunning!  I was wondering what you were going to do with all
>those beads and now I can see.  Great job!

Hey, Marjean -- how much do you charge for those mixes by 16" strand, and do
you have other colors of them? I found some like that once from a vendor I've
never seen again, and have been hunting for more ever since! I bought both the
tourmaline mix and one she called "grossular garnet" (but to me looked more
like an amber mix) which was multiple shades of yellows & browns. I'd also be
interested in a mix of various greens if such was available.

Celine

--
Handmade jewelry at http://www.rubylane.com/shops/starcat
"Only the powers of evil claim that doing good is boring."  
-- Diane Duane, _Nightfall at Algemron_

 
 
 

Faux Watermelon Tourmaline Necklace

Post by Lee S. Billin » Sat, 24 May 2003 02:00:16




Quote:
>As some of you may have seen, the new issue of Beadwork Magazine features a
>faux watermelon tourmaline necklace, made of seed beads.  I loved it, and
>love tourmaline, but haven't won the lottery lately.  All the real tourmaline
>is priced way out of reach, and the stuff I've seen available has been
>smaller than I'd like (as in close to $100 for a 16" strand of 3.5 mm
>rondelles)

>I was looking at the seed bead necklace, and decided I wanted something with
>a more oomph.  Those little beads are beautiful, and look more or less real,
>but the necklace had two "gotchas," in my book:  I like bigger stones, and
>the idea that the essential 7 strand components were only available from one
>source ticked me off.  (Why not make the _whole_ article an ad for your
>bead-supplier friend)

>Marjean helped solve my problem in a perfect way:  she is/was selling Czech
>faceted roundelles in a "tourmaline mix."  I bought the larger 9X6 mm size,
>which was perfect for my purposes.  I bought 10 strands, and have enough left
>over for a 3 strand beacelet.  

Wow, VERY nice! One note -- since you're including the teal & yellow beads in
your necklace, this would technically be described as "rainbow" tourmaline
rather than "watermelon" which is only the pinks and greens. But that doesn't
affect the quality of your work, which is outstanding!

Celine

--
Handmade jewelry at http://www.rubylane.com/shops/starcat
"Only the powers of evil claim that doing good is boring."  
-- Diane Duane, _Nightfall at Algemron_

 
 
 

Faux Watermelon Tourmaline Necklace

Post by Kandice Seebe » Sat, 24 May 2003 02:11:37


<<<<<<<<<salivating>>>>>>>>>  Oh, Kathy, that's yummy!  And if it looks that
good in a pic that you don't like, I can only imagine how incredible it must
look in person!

--
Kandice Seeber
Air & Earth Designs
http://www.lampwork.net

Quote:
> After all this time weaseling out of taking photos of my work, I've been
> having fun with my new digital camera.  Today's entry is a necklace that I
> love, but didn't photograph well at all.

> As some of you may have seen, the new issue of Beadwork Magazine features
a
> faux watermelon tourmaline necklace, made of seed beads.  I loved it, and
> love tourmaline, but haven't won the lottery lately.  All the real
tourmaline
> is priced way out of reach, and the stuff I've seen available has been
> smaller than I'd like (as in close to $100 for a 16" strand of 3.5 mm
> rondelles)

> I was looking at the seed bead necklace, and decided I wanted something
with
> a more oomph.  Those little beads are beautiful, and look more or less
real,
> but the necklace had two "gotchas," in my book:  I like bigger stones, and
> the idea that the essential 7 strand components were only available from
one
> source ticked me off.  (Why not make the _whole_ article an ad for your
> bead-supplier friend)

> Marjean helped solve my problem in a perfect way:  she is/was selling
Czech
> faceted roundelles in a "tourmaline mix."  I bought the larger 9X6 mm
size,
> which was perfect for my purposes.  I bought 10 strands, and have enough
left
> over for a 3 strand beacelet.

> The hardest part, by far, was sorting the beads and laying them out in the
> order I liked.  I don't own a bead board, and it wouldn't have done a heck
of
> a lot of good in this instance, so I kludged together a grooved pad from
> craft foam.  The necklace is strung on the heaviest Cabela's GSP line I
could
> find (50 lb strength?), because it drapes even more nicely than 49 strand
> Softouch, IMO.

> I used a 3 strand spacer cone, because these are big beads, and more than
> three strands would have been too heavy.  But in a spirit of excess, I
used
> the most granulated, fancy Bali I could find.  The spacers, accent beads
and
> end cones (which weren't required, but I liked the look) all match.

> The necklace looks great in person.  Really, really great, and I think
it's
> one of my favorite pieces.  Sadly, the photographs don't really capture
it.
> Specifically, the darkest color bead (a deep teal) looks like light blue
in
> the photo.  I'm feeling the need for Photoshop more every day, but that
costs
> _way_ more than beads!

> Now that I made the "big" version, I think I'll make the seed bead
version,
> modified of course, since I'm constitutionally incapable of copying
anything
> exactly.

> Oh, you want the photo?  It's in my usual place (I coughed the $20 and
> actually bought my space.  The price isn't unusually high, and I like the
> interface)

> www.picturetrail.com/kathynv

> Oh yes, I did add some more photos from the wedding, so it doesn't look
like
> Aunt Marie married her nephew!

> Kathy N-V

 
 
 

Faux Watermelon Tourmaline Necklace

Post by Deirdre S » Sat, 24 May 2003 02:42:06


The necklace looks great! And I second the endor***t of Paint Shop
Pro if you want lots of capability without the big ticket price of
Photoshop.

Deirdre

Quote:

>Wow!!  That's stunning!  I was wondering what you were going to do with all
>those beads and now I can see.  Great job!

>As to Photoshop - I'd suggest Paint Shop Pro as a reasonably priced
>substitute.

>Mj

 
 
 

Faux Watermelon Tourmaline Necklace

Post by Carol in S » Sat, 24 May 2003 08:34:02


Quote:
>I was looking at the seed bead necklace, and decided I wanted something with a

more oomph.<

Great job, Kathy!  I love MJ's faceted rondelles but wouldn't have thought of
using them this way.  Love your necklace (and watermelon tourmaline is one of
my faves)!

Carol in SLC
http://www.justbeads.com/search/ql.cfm?s=63875

 
 
 

Faux Watermelon Tourmaline Necklace

Post by Beadbimb » Sat, 24 May 2003 09:14:46


Kathy,

It's Beautiful!

--
Jerri
www.bead***.com

 
 
 

Faux Watermelon Tourmaline Necklace

Post by Mj » Sat, 24 May 2003 13:11:03




Quote:
> Hey, Marjean -- how much do you charge for those mixes by 16" strand, and
do
> you have other colors of them?

The mixes come 25 beads to a strand for the 7x4mm and 9x6mm, and 50 beads to
a strand for the 5x3mm.  The prices vary a bit from mix to mix and for each
size.  Looks like Kathy beat you to most of the mixes I had in stock, but
I'll be reordering them tomorrow.   I really like what she did with them -
I'm sure it's even more impressive in person!

Mj

--
=================================
Marjean Cline
Halsey Trading Company
eBay ID:  ladymorgause
http://www.stores.ebay.com/id=1146230
=================================

 
 
 

Faux Watermelon Tourmaline Necklace

Post by JLlanes7 » Sat, 24 May 2003 19:46:54


Kathy,

Your faux tourmaline necklace is absolutely yummy!  I am partial to big and
chunky and love what you did.

Julia

 
 
 

Faux Watermelon Tourmaline Necklace

Post by Steve & Susan Wrigh » Sat, 24 May 2003 22:06:10


Beautiful
Susan W


Quote:
> After all this time weaseling out of taking photos of my work, I've been
> having fun with my new digital camera.  Today's entry is a necklace that I
> love, but didn't photograph well at all.

> As some of you may have seen, the new issue of Beadwork Magazine features
a
> faux watermelon tourmaline necklace, made of seed beads.  I loved it, and
> love tourmaline, but haven't won the lottery lately.  All the real
tourmaline
> is priced way out of reach, and the stuff I've seen available has been
> smaller than I'd like (as in close to $100 for a 16" strand of 3.5 mm
> rondelles)

> I was looking at the seed bead necklace, and decided I wanted something
with
> a more oomph.  Those little beads are beautiful, and look more or less
real,
> but the necklace had two "gotchas," in my book:  I like bigger stones, and
> the idea that the essential 7 strand components were only available from
one
> source ticked me off.  (Why not make the _whole_ article an ad for your
> bead-supplier friend)

> Marjean helped solve my problem in a perfect way:  she is/was selling
Czech
> faceted roundelles in a "tourmaline mix."  I bought the larger 9X6 mm
size,
> which was perfect for my purposes.  I bought 10 strands, and have enough
left
> over for a 3 strand beacelet.

> The hardest part, by far, was sorting the beads and laying them out in the
> order I liked.  I don't own a bead board, and it wouldn't have done a heck
of
> a lot of good in this instance, so I kludged together a grooved pad from
> craft foam.  The necklace is strung on the heaviest Cabela's GSP line I
could
> find (50 lb strength?), because it drapes even more nicely than 49 strand
> Softouch, IMO.

> I used a 3 strand spacer cone, because these are big beads, and more than
> three strands would have been too heavy.  But in a spirit of excess, I
used
> the most granulated, fancy Bali I could find.  The spacers, accent beads
and
> end cones (which weren't required, but I liked the look) all match.

> The necklace looks great in person.  Really, really great, and I think
it's
> one of my favorite pieces.  Sadly, the photographs don't really capture
it.
> Specifically, the darkest color bead (a deep teal) looks like light blue
in
> the photo.  I'm feeling the need for Photoshop more every day, but that
costs
> _way_ more than beads!

> Now that I made the "big" version, I think I'll make the seed bead
version,
> modified of course, since I'm constitutionally incapable of copying
anything
> exactly.

> Oh, you want the photo?  It's in my usual place (I coughed the $20 and
> actually bought my space.  The price isn't unusually high, and I like the
> interface)

> www.picturetrail.com/kathynv

> Oh yes, I did add some more photos from the wedding, so it doesn't look
like
> Aunt Marie married her nephew!

> Kathy N-V

 
 
 

Faux Watermelon Tourmaline Necklace

Post by Marisa Cappett » Sun, 25 May 2003 17:57:45


Kathy, I just love your work.

--
Marisa (AU)
ESBC