I have been drooling over these beads for a very long time, but I have never made a necklace before just doing earrings. Once again I saw these beads and decided now is the time to do it. I really want a hummingbird, but just cannot find one, but this dragonfly is just fabulous. Received my order and the bead is even more beautiful in person. For whatever reason I only ordered 1 crimp bead so have to run out and get another, but for my very first necklace I am very pleased. I used the Evening Star necklace pattern and just selected different color beads. I do not like long necklaces so I used an 18" that I have as a guide and where it called for 3 repeats I just did 2 1/2 on each side. I knew I would have beads left over so I will make matching earrings. Just saw the focal beads are on sale so might need to order more!!!! The finished pic of the necklace doesn't really do it justice as it really sparkles!
This is a beautiful bead but once made it into a necklace the price gets too high for the people I sell to. That is OK though as I will keep it for myself as I do like it a lot. I would definately buy it again if I catch it on sale. Just a nice size!
This is the fourth hand-painted russion onyx bead I've bought from Artbeads and this is my favourite by a mile. It just arrived in my mailbox and I'm already seeing it on a necklace with my little black dress!