Hug the Blue Pearl

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Beaders have their own community. We have online sources to share our creations globally. We have publications and conventions where experts show beaders of all levels how to broaden their expertise. We even have local beading societies for that one-on-one connection. But our community is part of a much bigger group as people of Earth. That’s right; it’s time to celebrate Earth Day.

Boho necklaces
To make simple strung necklaces that reflect today's bohemian style, try these Boho necklaces.
I never noticed the obvious similarity between the words “Earth Day” and “birthday” until my kids pointed that out to me. That wasn’t overlooked in the late ’60s when the originators were formulating Earth Day. Cue Simon and Garfunkel’s “Bridge over trouble water,” which came out in January of 1970, when people were “weary, feeling small.” Three months later on April 22, 1970, students and staff from 1,000 American universities first celebrated Earth Day with teach-ins, music and, I imagine, beads.
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Show your love of the planet by incorporating unexpected natural materials in your jewelry. Learn how to make a wood burned pendant. 
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Or get inspired by Cathy Hatch, who incorporates natural material in a BOLD way.
Since I live in Wisconsin, I would like to point out that a founding father of the movement was Gaylord Nelson, then U.S. Senator from WI. The original aim of Earth Day was to create a mass environmental movement and bring these causes into the national spotlight. While I was very young back then, I remember the gas-guzzling cars, which took leaded gas, and produced stinking exhaust. That was nothing compared to the streams of smoke factories would produce and pump into the air. (Stink-filled memories of Gary, Indiana, come to mind.) I stopped seeing Bald Eagles in the north woods, that I often visited, as factory chemicals, including DDT, leached into waterways causing significant damage to the ecosystem. We had soda cans (or do you say pop?), with old-fashioned tops that people pulled off, leaving the rings and sharp, tear-shaped tabs to litter beaches and roadsides in glittering metal. With the environmental movement, we gained Clear Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Acts. But the movement has gone way past a national movement. Today the event is a worldwide celebration – a worldwide love-in for this planet of ours.
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In this simple, recycled necklace, I made rosettes from rolled, strips of cardboard, added a touch of Tacky Glue, and stung them with old seed beads that once adorned a beaded dress. I got the beads free from a university’s fashion department that was cleaning closets. And the clasp was discarded by my daughter who outgrew the necklace. Watch for an instructional video for this project on Facet Jewelry's Facebook page.
While “love beads” were no doubt worn that first Earth Day, we have gotten more sophisticated in showing our love for the Earth – our Blue Pearl. While love beads were simple strands of beads, we can show our appreciation in more diverse ways today. As beaders, we can celebrate the Earth by upcycling – incorporating discarded objects and materials into our creations. We can incorporate unusual natural materials and educate ourselves on the gemstones we already love.   
How to make upcycled tin blossoms
The Facet Design Challenge for June will be Upcycling. We encourage you to make something beautiful out of discarded or dismantled materials. Learn how to make these upcycled tin blossoms by Christine Terrell, which will be featured projects along with others. What will you find and incorporate into upcycled jewelry?
Today, we have lead-free gas and cars that run on gas-alternatives. Gary, Indiana, smells much better now. I see Bald Eagles every summer when I travel to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. And “stay-tabs” have replaced the old pull-tabs on aluminum cans. There is so much more to be done and so many necklaces to be wearing while we solve the problems of today and tomorrow.  The 50th anniversary of Earth Day is coming up in 2020. Imagine what you can accomplish by then. Plus, imagine what beading projects you can design and construct for that celebration.
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How well do you know Earth’s gems? Click to Test your Gemstone IQ. 

 

Cue the unofficial Earth Anthem by Abhay Kumar:

Our cosmic oasis, cosmic blue pearl

the most beautiful planet in the universe

our cosmic oasis, cosmic blue pearl

all the continents and the oceans of the world

united we stand as flora and fauna

united we stand as species of one earth

 

black, brown, white, different colours

we are humans, the earth is our home

we are humans, the earth is our home

we are humans, the earth is our home

we are humans, the earth is our home.

 

Our cosmic oasis, cosmic blue pearl

the most beautiful planet in the universe

our cosmic oasis, cosmic blue pearl

all the people and the nations of the world

all for one, one for all, all for one, one for all

united we unfurl the blue marble flag

 

black, brown, white, different colours

we are humans, the earth is our home

we are humans, the earth is our home

we are humans, the earth is our home

we are humans, the earth is our home.

we are humans, the earth is our home

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