One thing Debbie (my friend and co-instructor) and I learned from doing workshops is not everyone is enamored of hearts or the color red. So when Art Beads gave me a chance to look at their Valentine collection of beads and components, I went looking for alternatives. These picks will also be perfect for Mother's Day or special gifts.

Their sterling silver script Love slider bead caught my eye from their sterling silver slider collection. Rather than just slip it on a plain cord, there was enough space in the loops of the L and the E to try a unique triple cord design in two shades of pink. I wire wrapped them together with Swarovski crystals accents. The necklace is now in my store as part of the Life Collection where 100% of the net proceeds will go to cancer research.

For those who prefer daintier designs, Art Beads also have a smaller heart slider. It's not red but is sterling silver. I "dressed" the old gold cord necklace differently with a tube of hand coiled wire to give it a contemporary style look. I also added a round tiger eye gemstone accent. This too is a Life Collection piece recently uploaded to my shop.

Then for individuals who don't like shiny metal, Art Beads' wooden hearts are just dandy. They come in different types of wood like cherry, walnut and purpleheart. I see all sorts of beautiful wood beads or gemstone beads going with these. Don't you?

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