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Post by ceruleanbluebird on Tue Jul 15, 2014 12:15 am

I know that you are

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with your collection.  You are feeling unsatisfied.  You are craving excitement.  You need a challenge and I am here to help you.

Pull out those bead box beads.  Yes...the ones that haven't seen your wrist in who knows how long.

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Make a bracelet...

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Or make a bangle...

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You get the idea...

Have fun, be creative again, and please post here!! Twisted Evil
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Post by strike on Tue Jul 15, 2014 1:35 am

Ooh fun! I will see if I get a chance tomorrow to try this challenge Smile
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Post by minty on Tue Jul 15, 2014 10:38 am

oops... you have more bead box beads than my entire collection  Embarassed Embarassed Embarassed Embarassed 

But I will try something with the ones I want to sell  Laughing 
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Post by ceruleanbluebird on Tue Jul 15, 2014 11:32 am

[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:oops... you have more bead box beads than my entire collection  Embarassed Embarassed Embarassed Embarassed 

But I will try something with the ones I want to sell  Laughing 

Yes, I seem to have quite a few...I love them all, though (and the majority have come through sales over the years). That is one reason why I asked about how many silvers people use on a bracelet. For me, the average was five...so if I wanted to put my bead box silvers in use, I would need many bracelets! Hence, this post to challenge us all. It's time to love the bead box as a trove of possibility and not a prison. sunny 
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Post by Fleur on Tue Jul 15, 2014 12:50 pm

I haven't worn my ambers for quite some time now.
Will get them out and take a pic later  Very Happy
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Post by kyhalfpt on Tue Jul 15, 2014 1:46 pm

Nice thread great idea for a thread!

I will play if I get home before dark today!
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Post by Fleur on Tue Jul 15, 2014 5:59 pm

Rhyolite with ambers - will definitely wear this  Very Happy 

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Post by Trollperle on Tue Jul 15, 2014 6:27 pm

Wonderful idea! I will play as soon as possible Smile
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Post by kyhalfpt on Wed Jul 16, 2014 12:44 am

I will try again....
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Post by strike on Thu Jul 17, 2014 1:04 pm

Ok, here are my poor, little neglected beads  Sad  I've decided that they will remain separated from my other beads until I create a combination from them so that I have a constant reminder that I need to experiment every once in a while.  Laughing 

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Here's my first combo with my love-it-but-can't-work-with-it orange bead. I'm not totally thrilled with this combo, so the bead is going back on the stick to see if I can come up with another combination. It's always been a bit of a difficult one, but I still love it.

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And my second combo with my neglected greys. I had already been working on the green/black, so I just switched in the greys for the blacks (and then added some blacks back in). I've been using my blacks quite a bit, so I think I just need to occasionally break out of that habit because the greys do really work as well most of the time!

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Post by Fleur on Thu Jul 17, 2014 3:47 pm

Love the grey with the green  Very Happy 
Makes the combo more soft in colors than using only black glass, so I often prefer grey to black.
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Post by Michelle on Thu Jul 17, 2014 4:07 pm

I have been doing this befor and am happy with the bracelets. I made 5 more so far  Embarassed . I have post the green one and the cream one and the amber  Very Happy 
Strike also you can add the 2 lavender to your green and gray ?

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Post by Catsworld on Thu Jul 17, 2014 9:36 pm

great combos! love them all!  sunny Very Happy flower 

will do one soon, however, there are so many unused beads, I don't know where to start  Very Happy 
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Post by strike on Thu Jul 17, 2014 10:43 pm

[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:Love the grey with the green  Very Happy 
Makes the combo more soft in colors than using only black glass, so I often prefer grey to black.


I seem to be drawn to bolder colours lately so I think that's why I'm using the blacks more. Actually the greys used to get quite a bit more use when I didn't have enough blacks but I have added several blacks lately!  Laughing 


[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:I have been doing this befor and am happy with the bracelets. I made 5 more so far  Embarassed . I have post the green one and the cream one and the amber  Very Happy 
Strike also you can add the 2 lavender to your green and gray ?


I tried with the lavenders, but it just doesn't feel right  Neutral  The striped lavender bead did get a short reprieve from the depths of the bead box a few months ago when I paired it with my Fireflies bead, but it went back in pretty quickly as I preferred the other combo I had for my Fireflies (Fireflies is actually a bead that I also had issues with until I discovered one combination that worked). They are both lovely beads, I think lighter purples and I just aren't meant to be!  Razz
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Post by ceruleanbluebird on Thu Jul 17, 2014 11:49 pm

[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:Love the grey with the green  Very Happy 
Makes the combo more soft in colors than using only black glass, so I often prefer grey to black.

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I like this combo a lot. The other one...that is a bit tricky. Try blue, since it the color opposite...maybe something with dots, like Blue Fizz or my favorite, Dark Blue Bud?
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Post by strike on Fri Jul 18, 2014 10:01 pm

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[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:Love the grey with the green  Very Happy 
Makes the combo more soft in colors than using only black glass, so I often prefer grey to black.


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I like this combo a lot.  The other one...that is a bit tricky.  Try blue, since it the color opposite...maybe something with dots, like Blue Fizz or my favorite, Dark Blue Bud?

The only blues in my bead box are really light ones like light blue stripe Neutral I'm sure that I did a combo with it at one point with ambers that I did like, but couldn't find a picture. Maybe I just need to dig a bit deeper in my photo archive  Laughing  I had a thought last night as I was falling asleep (always the case, and then I have to remember in the morning!) that it might work with some of my darker greens but today has been too busy to try yet.
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Post by Trollperle on Sat Jul 19, 2014 8:51 am

Wonderful combos Strike, especially the grey/green one.

The orange bead I think would look lovely on a autumn themed bracelet with oranges and browns and oaks and the likes Smile
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Post by Trollperle on Sat Jul 19, 2014 8:53 am

Here is my go at it Smile

The coral kit is one that I dearly love and dearly leave in my bead box most of the year because reds are often too strong a colour for me - but this combo I really like Smile

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Post by strike on Sat Jul 19, 2014 9:59 pm

Trollperle, your combo is so cheerful!  sunny
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Post by plumbun on Sun Jul 20, 2014 7:02 pm

this is a useful challenge, cb! i have a really strained relationship w/blues and pinks. love them in theory but rarely in practice. sometimes end up putting them together in a combo, just out of principle, that i'd never wear. back to the bead box they go, sitting with some of my beloved beads (hare and tort, buttons, kitten, mink) that used to get a lot of wear but lately have been sitting on the bench. picked up the tea party, pink pearl, and aurora flowers from the collector's sale, and a new-to-me blue bud second hand to re-appreciate old beads (so it doesn't count as cheating on the challenge or on the wagon, cough). attempted a mad hatter motif and hope to keep it together at least for the rest of the summer.  sunny 

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Post by Trollperle on Sun Jul 20, 2014 7:26 pm

No, Plumbun, that is not cheating, that is ingeniously creative thinking Smile And I love your creation. Those colours shout late summer - ripe berries to me  Love 
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Post by ceruleanbluebird on Sun Jul 20, 2014 11:03 pm

Trollperle: That is a bold kit and the blues tone it done a bit. I particularly like the blue Malawi bead.

plumbun: I like your theme. I also don't do pinks and now I am struggling with blues.
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Post by Bluesybeads on Mon Jul 28, 2014 6:31 pm

I cannot believe all the beautiful beads making fabulous combinations just comes from the bottom of the bead boxes. Too amazing!  I love you cyclops 

Finally I have the time to post my latest from-stick-to-bracelet creations:
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Somehow I think that your bead boxes look better  Laughing 

But I have been wearing the first one and liked it on.
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Post by BusyBeads on Mon Jul 28, 2014 6:38 pm

These are all amazing x I love all the new bracelets that people have made up with their hidden beads x My beads have to stay hidden for now as I still need to find the right partners for them and I need more silvers. I'm hoping I will find a few new treasures on Friday  bounce
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Post by vonnewe on Mon Jul 28, 2014 7:03 pm

Such a shame...this are a few beads that rarely grace my bracelet...

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I think i need a swift kick in the b.... well you know what i mean


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