Doodads in the middle

Just a couple of motifs with a doodad in the middle
I was inspired to buy more doodads (‘links’ in the catalog) and see what I could come up with using them.  It took quite a while to look through all that is available at Fire Mountain Gems – wow, there are a lot of things you can get to make jewelry!
I’m actually thinking of making snowflakes with doodads in the center, and maybe beads, for Christmas this year.  Not sure I’d call either of these a snowflake but I think they came out okay.
This motif has a gold link in the center and gold beads I already had.  I put a ring at the top but I’m not sure if it should be for a necklace or another zipper pull. The thread is Lizbeth #652  Royal Blue in size 20. 
#6 in my 25 Motif Challenge

#7 of the 25 Motif Challenge
This one is also in Royal Blue – it was on the shuttles already – but the center link was part of a chain bought at Walmart.  I used gun-metal seed beads instead of silver.  I’m sure I like them that much but that’s what I used so I’ll have to live with it. I changed my mind mid-stream while working on this so one side is a little wonky.  I have no idea what I will do with this. 
Choosing to use beads and other jewelry findings is a bit of a challenge for me, taking me out of my comfort zone.  It’s good for me πŸ™‚
“As a child my family’s menu consisted of two choices: take it or leave it.”
Buddy Hackett

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