"Critchfield" - Bead Star 2010 "Seed Beads" Entry

The next Bead Star entry I am featuring is "Seed Beads".  "Critchfield", a family name, was created with Vintaj Natural Brass, and seed beads.  This necklace took me forever to complete.

The colors in this necklace are much more vibrant than Bead Star photograph portrays.

The chain was the hardest part to complete in this design.  Each jump ring is opened, beads applied (sometimes the beads do not fit making the process time consuming), then chained together.

I love making clasps out of Vintaj filigree.  This is a new technique for me.  Has anyone else ever seen this done?

Once again, I had horrible time taking pictures of this piece.  Above, is the Bead Star entry photo.  I think my jewelry is best photographed on brown tones.


  1. I like the idea for using filigree for making clasps, how clever! I am definitely going to give it a try!

  2. WOW the clasp is so pretty!
    Great creation...You are very talented :)
    Following you back.

  3. Hi Denise,

    This is beautiful beading! Stopping by your shop on Etsy to heart you :)

    Thanks for joining my blog...I'm following yours too!

    aka jammertail designs
    aka a little scrappy

  4. Hi Denise,

    LOVED cruising through the entries and enjoying your beautiful work.

    We are opening a small "Literary Lodging" in an historic building in Damariscotta, Maine. Downstairs, in what was once the apothecary shop, is Darling and DeLisle and they are also craftsmen and make their own jewelry and beads. Just for the sake of fellow artists I think you'd enjoy their work too.

    Looking forward to getting better acquainted with your creative works.

    Sharon Lovejoy Writes from Sunflower House and a Little Green Island

  5. I wondered how you made that chain...

  6. I hope you enjoy my site as much as I have yours. Very insightful!
    I am now a follower.
    God Bless, Bob West

  7. The clasp is truly unique and very beautiful.

    I think that beads are the hardest things to photograph, trying to get the magic glow of glass or the changing lusters in iris or aurora borealis beads is impossible.

    I am now a new follower of your blog.


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