What a difference a bead makes…

I woke up this morning straight from a dream of a necklace. Better see if it actually works, I thought. Sometimes my dreams are spot on, sometimes they need a little tweaking. So I made a sample motif using the beads I’d dreamed of:
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Hmm, possibly too blingy for what I thought I wanted so, substituting the spine beads, here’s sample number 2:

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Then the centre looked a little dark, so that got substituted too:

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And, for comparison, here are all three together:

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You wouldn’t think that one bead change could make that much difference but, believe me, it does. That’s why I’m so passionate about seed beads. It’s not just the colour that’s important but also the finish and the way a tiny change can alter the whole effect, full of wonderful surprises.

And which sample did I pick for the necklace project? The one I dreamed of in the first place. The other two will make a couple of pretty little pendants. And here’s the finished piece:
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