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Celebrate Mother's Day by making this "Sparkling Memories" necklace by Suzann Sladcik Wilson using Beadalon & Katie Hacker's Katiedids!

By Suzann Sladcik Wilson

It’s the first Monday of the month! Time to hop around again with the Designer Crafts connection! This month’s theme is “Celebrations”. With Mother’s Day right around the corner, it’s the perfect time to honor your mom with a beautiful piece of jewelry.

Recently, my friend Katie Hacker let me know about a fantastic contest from Beadalon featuring her line of Katiedid components. The winner will have their piece featured at the Beadalon Booth for the 2011 Bead and Button show, a signed copy of Katie’s Beading Secrets book, consideration of being part of a Beadalon ad, and a bunch of other great prizes. Click here to find out more!

I was inspired by the contest to use one of her components to make our “Sparkling Memories” Necklace. I turned the center of the Katiedid component into a frame by sealing and adhering a small photo with Mod Podge. I then inserted 18 4mm bicone Swarovski crystals in aquamarine (the color of the birthstone of the little one in the photo) into the outer rim. The crystals were covered with Mod Podge Dimensional Magic to lock them in place.

Once the pendent had dried for 3 hours, I strung the three sections necklace on Beadalon 19 strand Satin Silver beading wire. Beadalon Round Twist Solid Rings were used to connect the sections. The necklace was finished with ribbon so that the length could be adjustable.

What projects are you working on for Mother’s Day? Don’t forget to hop to other blogs by clicking on the Designer Crafts Connection button on the right hand side to see what they are celebrating!

If you have any questions about beading, or jewelry business marketing tips, please feel free to contact me at 224-305-3321 or Suzann@Beadphoria.com. Always happy to share the joy of beading with you, Suzann Sladcik Wilson of Beadphoria.com and BeadphoriaBoutique.com.

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