CHICAGO at the LAKE OOAK handmade necklace by Susan Ray.


Susan is featured on the cover (and inside) of the Summer issue of Belle Armoire Jewelry/2017.

Also see more of her work in the Fall and Winter issues of Belle Armoire Jewelry magazine too!

OOAK This CHICAGO by the LAKE statement necklace contains ENCHANTING Lampwork beads I bought many years ago from a tent artist in Tucson. They are a graduated set of six large rounds beads separated by tiny onyx beads and one mystifying barrel pendant, all in a rich blue lake hue accented by turquoise howlite, brass and E-beads and ending with two sterling silver rounds and sterling clasp on two soldered round jump rings.
The necklace measures approximately 18" to the clasp. The clasp and enders measure 2" across. The barrel bead measures 1 1/4" x 1" and the largest Lampwork round (which fits snugly into the barrel and allows it to glide freely) measures 3/4" in diameter.

This is definitely a STATEMENT necklace with the size to prove it however it is lightweight as the Lampwork is hollow.

I hope you will love it for a lifetime! - Susan Ray

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Susan Ray, author of Beaded Jewelry: The Complete Guide, Organic Beaded Jewelry, Art and Soul of Glass Beads, Wire Jewelry Workshop and as well as her best seller: Easy Beaded Jewelry (written with her best friend, Sue Wilke), offers techniques and tricks to teach and inspire you to create your own designs. (Ask about purchasing a signed copy at checkout).

"My love of beads began more than 17 years ago. I am fascinated by the human story beads tell, the nature of the beads, the hands that created and traded them.

This has led me from my early discovery of the vast history available and the opportunity to learn the skills required to create beautiful jewelry myself. I later opened the first bead store in Galena, Illinois and taught more than 20,000 women (and a few men) to bead.

As my knowledge grew I wanted to share it further and wrote five books about beading for the craft industry and have been published many times in numerous national magazines.

Along the way I have made many dear and talented friends and have been fortunate to be inspired by many leading designers.

You can visit me here at or on Etsy or on Facebook at my jewelry designers group: Crafting Jewelry Inspiration." - Susan Ray

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