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Saturday, March 3, 2012

5th Bead Soup Blog Party Reveal

So this is actually the 5th go round for the Bead Soup Blog Party, but this is only my second time to participate. My partner was the lovely Ágnes Asztalos who gave me these fabulous beads. This proved to be quite the challenge, but I love the results. I learned and tried several new things in the process which makes the 5 hours spent on the necklace infinitely worth it.  :)

The challenge for me really came in the form of that epic metal pendant. Despite being into wire wrapping, my designs are nearly always focused on some shiny crystal or gemstone, not the metal itself. So that was definitely different. It also wasn't quite something I'd have picked out for myself, but I so love it anyway!

I'm still (my last design for BSBP was pretty epic, too) not into wearing larger designs but..... I am SO wearing this! And as frequently as I can. I also have several more design ideas I didn't have time enough to make, but here's what I did create:

Also. I am terribly sorry if this blog post is not nearly as well written as my usual ones. It's 3:45AM and, yes.. I am just now writing this blog post. Work ate up much of my free time, and I actually didn't realize the reveal date was 03/03/12. No clue why. Well. Aside from yesterday, Friday, I told my coworkers I'd "see them tomorrow" as I was leaving..... except I won't because today is Saturday?  Yeahhhhh.

ON TO THE COOL STUFF YOU'RE HERE FOR:

Ági sent me the amazing hamsa hand clasp. ♥

The epic focal is also from my partner. The beads are from my own stash, but inspired from what I received.
Close up of the focal. Also of note: I made each link. Hence the 5 hours to put this together. :D
More detail! This time of the lovely brass hoops that happened to be on my desk.
The clasp. I found the findings at my wholesaler a couple of weeks ago. I knew they'd be perfect!
Not the best photo, but this is to show how the necklace drapes.
And finally, a pair of earrings. The teardrops are from Ági.
Thanks for stopping by my blog! I hope to be returning comments and visiting everyone else's to see what sort of amazing things people have cooked up. In the meantime, visit the hostess' blog for a list of more participants right here.

Much love!


115 comments:

  1. Wow - you've been a busy bee! So much work and such a great result! Surely one of a kind and something very special! I like the way, you brought the metal piece into scene - thanks for sharing!

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    1. Very busy indeed! Thanks so much for stopping by. :D

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  2. I love turquoise :)
    I'm a partecipant from Italy, I'm trying to visit all of you.
    this was really a great experience!
    ciao ciao

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    1. I love that color, too! Thanks for stopping by, and all the way from Italy. ;)

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  3. Love the tribal feel of your pieces! I wire wrap too, so I know you put a lot of labor into both the necklace and the bracelet. It was worth it!

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    1. Thanks so much! I definitely wanted a tribal, earthy look to match that pendant. The rest just sort of fell into place from there. :)

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  4. That's a WHOLE lot of wrapping- and the end result is stunning! I like how you framed the focal, and the bracelet is lovely- nicely done!

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    1. Lots and lots of wrapping! I actually got pretty fast at making all those links. They got more consistent in size as I went, too, which is always a bonus. :)

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  5. What gorgeous pieces! I love the elegant-exotic look of them. The work you put into all those links is amazing!

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    1. Thanks so much! I'm definitely infatuated with the look. I'm definitely going to make more pieces with that sort of theme in the future. Thanks for stopping by!

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  6. All of your pieces look great and will look great together too. I'm glad you included the picture of on the display because I was having a hard time visualizing what the necklace would look like on. I really like it.

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    1. Thanks! And yeah, the necklace was actually too large for my lightbox I use to photograph my designs so it was a little haphazard in the photos laying down. The design really shines when it's worn or displayed on that bust. :)

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  7. Wow! Absolutely stunning! I love all your pieces. The necklace is gorgeous. The focal and the colour of the beads give it an "Aztec" look. Love it!

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    1. Thank you! It does have that tribal sort of feel, doesn't it? It does remind me of Aztec designs, now that you mention it. I was specifically inspired by traditional Indian jewelry. :D

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  8. Your post made me giggle... I'm so glad I'm not the only forgetful one. I cheated a little and set mine up on Thursday but forgot about the time diff thing (even though the lovely Lori reminded us all!) Sheesh. Never mind.

    Your mix of colours is oppulent and beautiful. All three pieces are lovelt but I like the bracelet the best. Lovely Ms. B! :) x

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    1. Oh yeah. Totally blanked out. I was just so busy with other things, it didn't hit me until the day before that the deadline was today. I at least had already finished the bracelet, so that was good.

      Thank you so much! I really wanted to focus on mixing earthy, metal colors with that awesome blue. The bracelet is most certainly a favorite, too. I am in love with the clasp. :D

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  9. WOW but you rocked that! I wondered what you would do with that pendant and you did an AMAZING job. I love to wire wrap and make loops and I can appreciate how much time this took! Excellent!

    I hope you'll join me again in the summer!

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    1. Thanks so much, Lori! I've had a great time participating, and doing so has fostered some really great ideas. You'll definitely see me in the next round. :D

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  10. I love your necklace! It's tribal yet SO pretty! I love the design by itself, but your soup really puts the finishing touch on it!

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  11. Oh wow, this turned out pretty epic! OuO <3 And I need to remember this color combination, bronze, brown, olive, and turqoise. *eyes "enamel" powders she's got* Yup, it's all there. Hrmmm ...

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    1. I figured you might get a kick out of this jewelry set. Tribal, earthy, and vintage are totally your thing. :D

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  12. This is pretty epic! The bracelet must feel incredibly fun on your wrist! Love that focal but I do think he scares me a bit. LOL

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    1. The bracelet is definitely very fun to wear. I love the layered look of it. And that focal was certainly a bit intimidating when I first opened up my BSBP package.

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  13. What a fabulous necklace. Epic for sure! Sorry work is taking up all of your time - if it makes you feel better I posted just before midnight and got my necklace done at midnight the previous night :-)

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    1. No worries! I just about always find time for jewelry making. Next time around, I am determined to finish my pieces early rather than the night before. Haha. We'll see how that goes.

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  14. That mask is coo, this must have taken a lot of work! I really like the colors too, gorgeous.

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    1. Lots of work, but totally worthwhile. :D

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  15. You are right ---- that is an epic focal. I like that you were able to lighten it up with the multi strand construction. And BTW, I would totally wear that too!

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    1. I was definitely intent on having multiple strands. I spent quite a bit of time thinking about how to connect it all and make it work. My original design idea wasn't wire wrapped, but beaded, but I was struggling with how to make it all work.

      I am so totally wearing this piece on Monday to work. Look out world! ;)

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  16. Gorgeous! Wonderful job of framing it like the piece of art it is! Love that!

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    1. Thanks so much! Thanks for stopping by. :D

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  17. I am in love with how you made that necklace. The strands hang perfectly and all the attention to detail is amazing!

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    1. Thanks so much! I really love the layered look, too. :)

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  18. Beautiful! The multi strand is a perfect balance to the focal.
    sandi

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  19. Oh, it turned out so awesome!!! I love the design and how you placed the mask "within" the design instead of below it. Stunning!

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    1. Thanks so much! I actually struggled with the idea of how to do that. I knew I wanted a layered look that resembled Mughal Empire jewelry from India, but I didn't want to just add the pendant on randomly on the third strand. It would've looked off balance, I think.

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  20. Love your work! Esp the way you've done that multi-strand bracelet, that's awesome! Have fun hopping!

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    1. Thanks! I love the bracelet, too. ♥

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  21. I love the hand togggle clasp! I think you did a great job pulling together the necklace. Can I have those earrings, I think I am in love! :)

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    1. I am in love with that little clasp! It is so delicate. I knew I had to make a bracelet with it so the clasp could be shown off. ♥

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  22. WOW! That is an epic piece! The draping is fabulous on the necklace and I love the hand clasp on the bracelet. You did a fabulous job with your bead soup ingredients. Have fun hoping around today.
    Cheers!
    Lori

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    1. Thanks so much! I love that little hamsa hand clasp, too. ♥

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  23. Amazing:) this necklace is sooooo cool:) really like how you used your Bead soup.
    Lovely greetings
    Sabrina

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    1. Thank you very much. It was a fun challenge. :D

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  24. Soooo lovely - the shape of the necklace is beautiful and unusual and frames the focal perfectly. ANd that clasp is very cool. Gorgeous colour scheme too!

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  25. Your designs are beautiful and I love how you framed the focal on the necklace!

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  26. Five hours well spent my dear! What lovely soup ingredients you received! The necklace and bracelet are wonderful.

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  27. great work! I love your necklace and its one of my favorite works I saw during the blog hop! Have a nice day, hugs, Doris

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  28. Such a stunning necklace!

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  29. Wow! The necklace is gorgeous. It's perfect! I love the idea that the focal is inside the fall.

    Ambra

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  30. I am totally blown away by that amazing necklace. That's all I can say!!! Wow!!!
    This is some kind of a masterpiece, believe me.
    Now you just have to find out what special day you will pick out when to wear it. ;-)))
    Sabine

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  31. You did a great job here! I love the way you integrated the mask.

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  32. I love the drape of your necklace, you've really brought the gorgeous focal to life. I'd wear this in an instant. Nice job!

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  33. I really love the flowing lines of the necklace. You made a beauty! The bracelet is lovely too--I covet that clasp! lol!

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  34. Wow! I love the necklace and I would be wearing it often myself.

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  35. Very elegant and lovely designs! Suzette

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  36. My hands got tired just thinking of all that wire wrapping that you did! :) That is a beautiful job! I especially love that bracelet!

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  37. When I first saw that focal I wondered what I would do with it and couldn't think of anything. You've made a fantastic piece of art with it! Just stunning. Love your style and your work.

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  38. Well-balanced and the color scheme is perfect for the ethnic feel of the design. Great job!

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  39. I love that focal, and the beads frame it so nicely! And I do love that bracelet clasp, I'd wear that one all the time!

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  40. Well your necklace is spectacular. I love what you did with the focal, I also love the bracelet and earrings you did!

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  41. Beautiful design! It is elegant and earthy!

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  42. So professional Ms. B. Well done.

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  43. I just love it! I'd SOOO wear all of those! I love the way that you did the triple strand bracelet. ~KM

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  44. Love what you did with the focal. When I saw your teaser I thought it was great and I think you used it well. You color combo is awesome. Really like the multi strand bracelet!

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  45. I love that ethnic feeling of the necklace! Gorgeous!

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  46. Your overall design is wonderful. I love the idea of the triple stands accenting the focal! It is beautiful!

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  47. I love the entire design and structure of your necklace. I also love your choice of beads and colors. It is a stunning necklace. I feel better about how long it takes me to make a necklace after reading your 5 hour. I am right there with you.

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  48. That's always a classic color combo. The focal made me lol, but it's really cool! I love your multi-strand approach. I think it's perfect to set off the large focal. And I love the hamsa toggle on the bracelet :)

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  49. Nicely done, I would wear a blacelet!!!!

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  50. Wow..beautiful pieces..bracelet and necklace are both fabulous..!

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    1. Lovely work. Gorgeous job. At you were impressive with the use of that focal!

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  51. The necklace you made is so cool.I love, love, love the way it drapes, I would wear that all the time.

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  52. I absolutely love the jewelry set you made! I'm so glad you want to wear these pieces a lot, because they're so pretty, and they could really dress up a simpler outfit. :)

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  53. Love the items you made. The three strand bracelet is so lovely.

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  54. So pretty! That bracelet is pure prettiness! And I love how that necklace drapes. I love that the three strands frame the focal. That's just genius! Lovely pieces!

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  55. Gorgeous pieces! LOVE them all!! I would wear that bracelet ALL.THE.TIME!! Such beautiful colors!

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  56. This necklace so dynamic! One of my favorite color palettes too. I'm glad you want to wear it, people will stop and ask you wear you bought it! Then you can say, custom orders no problem! :)

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  57. Wow - that looks like it could be a museum piece!!! Wonderfully tribal and powerful. So many special touches - great job.

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  58. Pretty pieces indeed. Love the way you have used brown tones with Turquoise. The focal and clasps are totally mesmerizing and you have done justice to them with your designs.

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  59. Great choice of the components...Love the color choices you made.
    Peace

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  60. Incredibly beautiful designs!!!!!!! Luv luv bracelet! I'm big Hamsa fan so what you did w this design is drop dead gorgeous! And necklace.... Be still my heart!!! Beauty! And earrings are so me!!!

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  61. Goodness me, but that necklace of yours looks like it should be in a museum. Absolutely fabulous work! And that bracelet? Love!

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  62. I love the necklace!! SO different and stunning! The colors are beautiful and really complement the focals and clasps!

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  63. Beautiful wirework! Love that necklace.

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  64. Love this beautiful necklace and bracelet combination. You are very good at wirework! The necklace drapes so beautifully - great job!

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  65. Love your necklace. Great the way you framed the focal. Looks so good!!

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  66. What amazing pieces you created from the gorgeous soup ingredients you received. I love the both the bracelet and the necklace - the coordinate perfectly. The necklace is simply beautiful - the drape and design perfectly suit the scale of that lovely focal. Fantastic job! :)

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  67. Totally cool soup! I love how you worked the pieces!

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  68. Very cool! I would wear this!!

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  69. All the pieces are great, but I love the necklace! Great designing! Even with the scale of the piece, I think this could definately go day to night with just a switch of clothes!

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  70. So impressive how you used the focal. The necklace sets of the focal soo beautifully. Well done!

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  71. the necklace is amazing, the focal is so showcased just right...I think this piece would be great in a high end gallery with a large price tag, nicely done...

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  72. Awesome job! Beautiful designs!

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  73. Wow, I would not have know what to do with that focal and you just show it off beautifully! Wonderful necklace and really cute earrings.
    Sonya

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  74. Awesome necklace!!! I would love to wear this - fantastic job! The earrings are great too but I love that necklace!

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  75. Oops, forgot to mention the bracelet - I would love to wear it with the amazing necklace!

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  76. All of your pieces are lovely, but that necklace is really something special!! It's really amazing. I adore the way you constructed as well as the way it hangs. So very cool!

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  77. The necklace is a show- stopper but I'm partial to Hamsa hands.
    I love your bead combinations, beautiful work!

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  78. Oh wow! The necklace turned out beautifully! I love the colors as well as how you chose to highlight the focal in the layout.

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  79. Love the design, the shape is just perfect for the focal. Good job!

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  80. Wow, I love how you planned the bracelet. It is super. The clasp is fantastic and everything just goes together so well. The necklace is beautiful as well. It has such an earthy tribal feel to it. I love them both. Great job.

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  81. WOW! You took up this challenge & ran with it! I LOVE the clasp & the focal is so unique. You really pulled it all together! Nice job!

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  82. has such a wonderful old world ethic feel to your piece!

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  83. Wow - you put some work into those links! But the work transformed into a piece of art! Be proud and wear it often, it is a goregous set. Fantastic colour too - LOVE it!

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  84. wow! you put a lot of work into those pieces, and it paid off. gorgeous work!

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  85. Ohh my Goood!!! You've done this challenge. I'm happy about your job, it was a big work and worth it. I know now, this pendant was waiting for you nearly for 8 years. :) Wear it with so much proud, because you've deserve it!! Take care Ms. B!!! :) Thanks for your partnering.

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