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#1 of 28 Old 04-10-2007, 11:50 AM - Thread Starter
 
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Heyla all!

So now that we have our beads (or most of us have them and the rest will soon) the really fun fun starts...how to string them!

I started playing with the beads las night and can't wait to continue later today...

If anyone wants a few ideas about stringing different styles beads into gorgeous necklaces, check out GreenLee's site (http://www.greenleesforest.com/ and she's an MDC mama). They aren't exactly "nursing necklaces" but they are beautiful and they're giving me all sorts of ideas.

Anyone else have a favorite beading inspiration page, or a page with ideas about cord knotting and beading?

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So: knotting idea sites..

http://www.chineseknotting.org/

http://www.rings-things.com/Projects/68002-10.htm

http://jewelrymaking.about.com/library/bl061000.htm

http://www.diynetwork.com/diy/cr_jew...653149,00.html

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Thanks for the links - I have absolutely no idea how to string them. I have to find time to do it while the kids are asleep - it'll be some late-night stringing for me!

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I still have to figure out what to string them on. A few friends are having a blessing way for me and they are all bringing beads. I may hold off until I get them. I think I may make one necklace out of all of them.
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hooray, I finished stringing my necklace, I think...
How long should a nursing necklace be?

I like the idea of posting pictures of what everyone's looks like,
but how do I add a picture to the post?

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I love the links! I was thinking about holding off on my necklace until early labor... After seeing the links I might start it (just to get the hang of the knots) and save the rest for early labor. I always try to keep something for when labor begins so that I'm not watching the clock.

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hooray, I finished stringing my necklace, I think...
How long should a nursing necklace be?

I like the idea of posting pictures of what everyone's looks like,
but how do I add a picture to the post?
upload the pics somewhere like www.photobucket.com and then post the link here
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reviving this thread to say...
I finally got these things strung! I am soooo not crafty but it was fun and I also put your note cards together too. Yay!
this is a small pic but oh well...
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Nice setup RockDr. I didn't think to do something with the affirmations.

Can someone tell me what my affirmation said? I didn't keep a copy....: I think I'm the only one who did amber. Ok, I promise I'll take a pic of mine today and post it...........I hope.
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Wow Rock Dr...that's really nice!

I'm thinking I might actually make 9 or 10 pendants from the different beads and have a single woven necklace. That way I can leave the necklace on all the time and just swap out the pendant to suite my mood or to re-interest the babe. But I don't know! There are so many options!

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Yay! I actually kept my promise. Here's a pic of my necklace. I guess they're all going to look similar when strung in this fashion. But oh well. I'm not going to use it as a teething necklace. More of just something to look at while birthing and a remembrance of this precious time. Plus it looks pretty cool drapped over my bedside lampshade.

http://i131.photobucket.com/albums/p...garound011.jpg
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reviving this thread to say...
I finally got these things strung! I am soooo not crafty but it was fun and I also put your note cards together too. Yay!
this is a small pic but oh well...

That's beautiful!
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[QUOTE=wombatclay;7802656]gorgeous necklaces, check out GreenLee's site (http://www.greenleesforest.com/ QUOTE]


WOW! That's some of the most amazing jewelry I have ever seen!
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I finally got these things strung! I am soooo not crafty but it was fun and I also put your note cards together too. Yay!
this is a small pic but oh well...

That's beautiful!
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Those are very pretty! I have to get mine done now that she's born - more incentive since I see the little squirt in real life!

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working on mine, will try post a pic when it is finished in the next few days
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that's fantastic sally z!

Nora's Mommy - you had asked about your affirmation. is it this one?
'Amber has long been believed to be a stone of healing. It is beneficial to place pieces of Amber over any area of the body that is imbalanced or in pain (during/after birth, teething). Amber can absorb the negative energy and help the body to heal itself. Amber can be worn or used by people who get depressed easily, ie. ppd. Amber has also been used as a talisman for courage and self confidence (during birth/motherhood).'
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Thanks so much rock_dr!! That's the one. I totally didn't remember what I wrote!

Sally----Your necklace is beyond amazing!! I want to send mine to you and have you bead it up like that! You'll have time with a newborn right? Way to go!
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Wow! Those are great!

Okay, I think I need to get off my butt and do some beading! I'll just add that to the pre-babe list...

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So, I wanted to do something a little different, and I just wasn't loving the way the different bead sizes were going together (I was trying to do knotting between the beads and it just didn't "look" right no matter what I tried).

I was flipping through some photos and suddenly it came to me...chainmail! I'm in the SCA (a medieval recreation group) and I know the basics of chain mail "weaving" so I thought I'd give it a try.

I "wove" a choker length of chain mail (a very basic 4 ring pattern using silver and copper jump rings) and then hung each bead on an individual silver strand with a small jet bead at the end to creat a sort of unified look.

It's a bit odd, and the photos didn't come out really well, but it's done and I can't wait to wear it during the birth and for nursing later on!

http://www.flickr.com/photos/8438721@N07/

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Wow, Wombatclay...that's pretty funky! I like it.
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I love it!!!!
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WOW it came out BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!
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Thanks!

Some of the bigger beads are sort of "dangling" in the back attached to the clasp but (obviously) you can't see them in the photo. I'm actually wearing it right now...

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that came out really well!
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I JUST got the stuff to put together my necklace. Very exciting!

Can some one tell me about three beads though.....

I'm looking to find out who these two are from...

The Breast Cancer ribbon bead

-and-

The round wodden bead

also.... at least one of these two woman sent out an affirmation online (i remember, because it made me CRY!) But I dont know where that affirmation is! Can any one send it along for me?

ALSO... Which bead is from Narnia? I have two affirmations and two beads (one from Shannon and one from Narnia) and I can't remember which bead goes with which affirmation. Or which Shannon it is.... the card is folded and has a wreath on the front of it.....

Can anyone help me with the answers to these questions? I'm trying to make a list of who sent what bead before I string them and forget who sent what!
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just wanted to mention...I wore my necklace for my whole labor and birth! And I'm wearing it now as I nurse. The powerful emotions and memories tied into this necklace now make this such a precious item, and I want to thank all the mamas who contributed beads and blessings.


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