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  • Rocky D
    Rocky D on “Patina Queen”:
    “Were did the leaves come from. If you don't mind me asking?…” read »

  • Sophiebug
    Sophiebug on “whirlpool”:
    “More "ooh" and "ahh"! Forget about finding needles to accommodate those seed beads-my eyes would not…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Beaded Hairpins”:
    “Nice idea. Really like the ones with the red pearls--they have a oriental touch to…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Easy Does It”:
    “Sometimes simplicity has a lot to say! You could create a hold variety of pieces,…” read »

  • Sophiebug
    Sophiebug on “Spiral Dance”:
    “Again, just wow! I'm going to try the spiral-love the look of it!…” read »

  • Sophiebug
    Sophiebug on “odalisque”:
    “Wow, this is so gorgeously intricate. And there's no earthly way I could ever come close…” read »

  • Sophiebug
    Sophiebug on “Finally”:
    “This is beautiful, especially the PC focal. Love the colors!…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Finally”:
    “I just love that you made so many of the components. I especially like all…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “odalisque”:
    “Robert, you are so funny, I'm chuckling now...surely not simple. Beautiful design with such intricate…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Spiral Dance”:
    “The square/spiral wire combo holding the cab is amazing! Including the instructions really helps all…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “whirlpool”:
    “Robert, this is so beautiful! I really like the pearls and tiny seed beads wrapped…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Spring Birds”:
    “All of YOUR support is a tremendous comfort. Sometimes we can feel so alone in…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Spotted Necklace”:
    “OK....this is totally the look I'm trying to achieve, but sadly never do! I'm in…” read »

  • Annabel
    Annabel on “Finally”:
    “Love the focal. Gorgeous bracelet. I really like the multi-strand components. Just lovely.…” read »

  • C Ferguson aka Annie
    C Ferguson aka Annie on “Finally”:
    “I loved the dandelion focal when you showed it previously, but seeing it in the finished…” read »

  • C Ferguson aka Annie
    C Ferguson aka Annie on “odalisque”:
    “Another beautiful design. :) …” read »

  • C Ferguson aka Annie
    C Ferguson aka Annie on “Spiral Dance”:
    “Beautiful. Thank you for sharing your process.…” read »

  • C Ferguson aka Annie
    C Ferguson aka Annie on “whirlpool”:
    “Wow Robert. This is a gorgeous design and the workmanship is excellent. Into my…” read »

  • C Ferguson aka Annie
    C Ferguson aka Annie on “3 Kumihimo”:
    “These are all beautiful Moogie. I didn't realize you could do kumihimo with larger beads…” read »

  • kye
    kye on “Spotted Necklace”:
    “I agree-wow! This is a wonderful necklace. I like how the patterned silk ties in with…” read »

  • Michelle
    Michelle on “Tangerine Dream”:
    “Thanks y'all !…” read »

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    S KatollakaSue on “Beaded Hairpins”:
    “Just the thing to finish off a lovely outfit!…” read »

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    S KatollakaSue on “Easy Does It”:
    “Wonderful, simple everyday piece! Could be some lucky buyer's signature piece!…” read »

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    S KatollakaSue on “whirlpool”:
    “Wow! Copper, pearls, tiny seeds - what's not to love? A fave!…” read »

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    Robert J on “whirlpool”:
    “20/0 seed beads are antiques, mine were made in the 1800's. Greasy is the…” read »

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    Robert J on “odalisque”:
    “I'd never before been even the slightest bit worried, and then recently I was on…” read »

  • Moogie
    Moogie on “whirlpool”:
    “Ok, I was wondering about the green opals. Thought I was going blind or something... Second, I've…” read »

  • Moogie
    Moogie on “odalisque”:
    “Robert, nice to see you again. I was thinking the same thing as Donna--who could come…” read »

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    Robert J on “whirlpool”:
    “how did green opal get into the materials? *sigh* The seed beads are so small I…” read »

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    Robert J on “Spiral Dance”:
    “lol. oh god no, not any more. I did at one point have…” read »

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    Robert J on “odalisque”:
    “woohoo. can add them back this way. …” read »

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    Robert J on “odalisque”:
    “oh crap it took the in process pics away for some reason. They may help simplify…” read »

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    Joy9sage on “Swirling Earrings”:
    “I am assuming these are double-sided? I do love them.…” read »

  • dolllady aka Pam
    dolllady aka Pam on “Beaded Hairpins”:
    “I can see the young girls going after these for prom. The are so creative!…” read »

  • dolllady aka Pam
    dolllady aka Pam on “Easy Does It”:
    “This is perfect! I like the more simple designs. Your wire work with the…” read »

  • dolllady aka Pam
    dolllady aka Pam on “Finally”:
    “Beautiful design with your dandelion focal! The colors are so perfect with it.…” read »

  • Poms Forever aka Donna
    Poms Forever aka Donna on “3 Kumihimo”:
    “Janet, I always love your Kumi necklaces. They are always your best work, because you have…” read »

  • Poms Forever aka Donna
    Poms Forever aka Donna on “Spotted Necklace”:
    “Wow, I love the colors and your use of the ribbon. Just a beautiful, cherry, colorful…” read »

  • Poms Forever aka Donna
    Poms Forever aka Donna on “whirlpool”:
    “Ditto to comments above. I am truly a novice when it comes to wire work. You…” read »

  • Poms Forever aka Donna
    Poms Forever aka Donna on “Spiral Dance”:
    “Thank you for the steps on making the beautiful pendants. You are quite an Artist and…” read »

Busy Busy


About this design:

It is busy isn't it? I've been playing around with this idea for a couple of weeks. Made many false starts. The pieces were too long and too flat then I had too many of them. After forming and reforming. cutting down and curving I finally had a piece that was cohesive. It is very interesting.......

Components:

14ga and 18ga copper wire

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Read the comments (or add your own)

  1. NY Bella
    NY Bella says:

    This is amazing! What wonderful work you do!

  2. Gina P - Delta Chick
    Gina P - Delta Chick says:

    8) Wow! This is fabulous!

  3. Cotopaxi Chickie Sue
    Cotopaxi Chickie Sue says:

    So incredibly fun! I love this bracelet, Nancy!

    I once again bow to the master….

  4. Linda Talbott
    Linda Talbott says:

    This is lovely. All the loops are beautiful.

  5. karen blasdel
    karen blasdel says:

    Nancy, Your wire work is amazing!! I love it!!

  6. sunny chick
    sunny chick says:

    Love it! :D

  7. Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick says:

    Thanks everyone. This is a great way to start the day.
    This is another of those pieces that I couldn’t tell if it should be in the closet or out. You all have made the decision. Out of the closet! :D

  8. MoonBell
    MoonBell says:

    Ooh… I would love to see it on! That’s so mesmerizing.

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    Mary - Sweet Chick says:

    Pretty dog gone cool I say!! :-D
    I’d love to see it being worn! I bet it’s amazing around the wrist!

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    AnnDy says:

    I like the design, but one worry/question: how do you get wire which is soft enough to allow for this much bending (without breaking), and yet strong enough to wear, by which I mean, what if it gets caught on someting, like a cuff button, and before you know it – YANK – you’ve lost a cuff button! But will the bracelet still retain its form?

  11. Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick says:

    AnnDy, I shape the copper first and I must admit it can get a bit difficult but I have a pair of well padded heavy duty pliers that helps a lot. I make most of the really tight turns and loops first so the copper isn’t too work hardened. When I get a shape I really like I texture it with a chasing hammer. The only places you need to be extra careful are where the wires cross. So far I have never had this type of work accidentally stretched out out of shape. By the time it is formed and textured the shapes are quite solid. They can be hardened even more by tumbling for an hour or two.

    Don’t know if it will help but I’ve attached a photo of one link so you can see the construction a bit better.

    Don’t be afraid to get in there make squiggles and hammer them to see how the wire reacts.

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