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  • dolllady aka Pam
    dolllady aka Pam on “River Stones”:
    “Love the soft muted colors! It looks like the pendant and the Wild Horse Jasper…” read »

  • C Ferguson aka Annie
    C Ferguson aka Annie on “Tiger Eye”:
    “Wow! This is wonderful. Love these necklaces and tiger eye is a favourite of…” read »

  • C Ferguson aka Annie
    C Ferguson aka Annie on “Fall?”:
    “I too love the bracelets you keep coming up with - you definitely have a wonderful…” read »

  • C Ferguson aka Annie
    C Ferguson aka Annie on “Here Comes The Sun”:
    “I love the soft muted colours - so serene and relaxing. Beautiful design!…” read »

  • Maggies Mom
    Maggies Mom on “I took a Class”:
    “Amazing! Can't believe this is your first time weaving! I am very impressed!…” read »

  • C Ferguson aka Annie
    C Ferguson aka Annie on “Fall Tones”:
    “I love this colour mixture and the design is so appealing - very nice.…” read »

  • C Ferguson aka Annie
    C Ferguson aka Annie on “Turtle Beach”:
    “Ooooh - this is so cool and I love it all especially the turtles. :) …” read »

  • C Ferguson aka Annie
    C Ferguson aka Annie on “River Stones”:
    “This is gorgeous - love the stones - love the design. Fantastic!…” read »

  • dolllady aka Pam
    dolllady aka Pam on “Turtle Beach”:
    “Beautiful Gail! I agree the turtles are such a cute addition.…” read »

  • C Ferguson aka Annie
    C Ferguson aka Annie on “Gifted”:
    “Thank you - still lots of wood beads left to play with.…” read »

  • C Ferguson aka Annie
    C Ferguson aka Annie on “I took a Class”:
    “Thanks ladies. It was fun, but intense. Kept repeating the mantra: single up…” read »

  • puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky on “Here Comes The Sun”:
    “Gorgeous stone combo! And what a cute 'lil furry critter!…” read »

  • Medieval Momma
    Medieval Momma on “Turtle Beach”:
    “Gorgeous!…” read »

  • puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky on “Fall?”:
    “Yummy components and beads! I love your style and aesthetic!!!!!!!…” read »

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    puppychick labratbecky on “I took a Class”:
    “Love the weaving! Must have been a blast! :) …” read »

  • puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky on “Turtle Beach”:
    “IMHO more is more! I love it either way but I am partial to extra details…” read »

  • sweetjane
    sweetjane on “Fall?”:
    “Thanks to everyone for their lovely comments! This was certainly fun to make!…” read »

  • Medieval Momma
    Medieval Momma on “Gifted”:
    “* would look GREAT with *…” read »

  • Medieval Momma
    Medieval Momma on “Gifted”:
    “I love it! Very earthy and ethnic. It would look with a off-white flowing sun dress…” read »

  • Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick on “Turtle Beach”:
    “Glad to know I'm not the only one who fiddles. Great design. Love the soft…” read »

  • Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick on “Gifted”:
    “I like it too. Definitely has an ethnic vibe. Love wood, love all the components,…” read »

  • Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick on “I took a Class”:
    “Wire weaving? You're a "greenie?" I'd say you are well on your way to being…” read »

  • Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick on “Fall Tones”:
    “Fantastic color, excellent design. Love it! :) …” read »

  • Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick on “Here Comes The Sun”:
    “Key boards and computers are not trustworthy..... they are electronic devices with minds of their own. Now…” read »

  • Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick on “Fall?”:
    “Ditto to all of the above comments. This is a great way to welcome fall...just…” read »

  • Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick on “Tiger Eye”:
    “Thanks for all of the compliments everyone. The tiger eye is one of my favorites.…” read »

  • Mahala RockChick
    Mahala RockChick on “Here Comes The Sun”:
    “It's funny because when I type my son's name it always changes it to "sidenote" or…” read »

  • Mahala RockChick
    Mahala RockChick on “Fall Tones”:
    “Thank You ladies!…” read »

  • Harmony on Strings
    Harmony on Strings on “Tiger Eye”:
    “I love copper and you really are the master.…” read »

  • Harmony on Strings
    Harmony on Strings on “Gifted”:
    “Very,very nice.…” read »

  • G Layne AKA Gail
    G Layne AKA Gail on “I took a Class”:
    “Wow! I agree with Donna, this piece looks very complicated but you certainly did fantastic with…” read »

  • G Layne AKA Gail
    G Layne AKA Gail on “Gifted”:
    “Oooooo! Wonderful tribal design!! Love the African clay beads and the wood spacers really set them…” read »

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    S Katoll on “Gifted”:
    “I've never seen such interesting wooden beads, and you've really highlighted them here. The African clay…” read »

  • kye
    kye on “Fall?”:
    “You make the neatest bracelets. Wonderful work!…” read »

  • Granny Nancy
    Granny Nancy on “Fall?”:
    “Very, very pretty. So talented.…” read »

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    R Fulton on “Summer sand dollar”:
    “Thanks so much for all the compliments!!…” read »

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    S Katoll on “I took a Class”:
    “It's a wonderful piece, and the wireweaving is amazing! I'm sure it represents a great…” read »

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    S Katoll on “Fall Tones”:
    “A really pretty piece. Great colors, great components, what can I say? When you're good, you're…” read »

  • Poms Forever aka Donna
    Poms Forever aka Donna on “Here Comes The Sun”:
    “LOL LOVE, LOVE Your pictures, your necklace, and I want Your caterpillar friend for my next…” read »

  • Poms Forever aka Donna
    Poms Forever aka Donna on “Fall Tones”:
    “Mahala, Your pictures are just so perfect. They highlight your necklace perfectly. Plus, your necklace has…” read »

Curse of Loving Fall Necklace


About this design:

This necklace is cursed. I wanted to make a piece that incorporated metal that I had stitched together along with the concept of fall leaves. I have been working on this piece for 4 weeks. Every time I would try to work on it at home the kids would wake up from their naps early, crying or wanting to sit on my lap and "help" me. Don't get me wrong, I love my kids, but they are not great helpers (yet). If it wasn't the kids, something else would always get in the way! I finally finished it and I love it, but every time I look at it, I just get frustrated :)

What you’ll need: (buy products below)

  • 7" or so of copper chain
  • clasp
  • 6 crimps
  • 2 6" lengths of beading wire to be used for 2 3.5" beaded lengths for the outer strands connecting to the leaf
  • 14" length of beading wire to be used for the 10" beaded inside strand
  • 7 4.75mm jump rings
  • 2 7.25mm jump rings
  • 2 eye pins
  • 9 head pins
  • 4 4" lengths of copper wire
  • 8" length of copper wire for wrapping with bird -24" length of copper wire for stitching
  • gemstone beads for stringing and making charms
  • 2 69x15mm artisan copper blanks
  • 2 leaf pendants
  • 1 ceramic bird bead

Additional Images:

Step-by-Step Instructions:

Step 1:
When creating the focal for this necklace, you will first need to take the 2 copper blanks and punch 7 holes along the top and bottom of each.
Step 2:
Cross stitch the two pieces together using 24 gauge copper wire. Don't worry if it looks a little messy, you can attribute that to the artisan feel of the necklace. Once the 2 blanks are stitched together, add wire wrapped gemstone charms along the bottom at all 7 holes to bring in some weight and fall flutter.
Step 3:
This step is so simple but worth noting since the leaf drop only has one hole at the top of the leaf and I wanted to use it as a connector at the focal. Create a loop at the middle of the stem using your round nose pliers. Using your needle nose or flat nose pliers, gently press the loop until the stem end meets the leaf. Now attach the leaf to your focal using a larger jump ring and attach the beaded strands to your stem loop.

Buy Products from this Design

1 gram (approx. 40 pieces)
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Read the comments (or add your own)

  1. Beadlady3 aka Cindy
    Beadlady3 aka Cindy says:

    WOW. <> !! Beautiful, inspiring design Ali.

  2. Fresh Baked
    Fresh Baked says:

    Ali, you have a gift for putting together the most beautiful, eclectic pieces. The mixture of metals, stones, beads and techniques is visually so interesting.

  3. sunny chick
    sunny chick says:

    Absolutely amazing! 8O

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    Mary - Sweet Chick says:

    OOOOOOOOOO!!!!! I’m speachless!! OOOOOOOOO!!!
    So glad you stuck it out through all the interruptions and frustration, Ali! The end result is amazing!

  5. Batticat
    Batticat says:

    How fun and funky! Pretty colors.

  6. Cuban Queen Crazy Chick
    Cuban Queen Crazy Chick says:

    Great design!!

  7. Ali
    Ali says:

    Thanks to all of you. I had actually planned on this necklace being really long (below my chest), but the leaves didn’t want to lay flat. Things hang much differently on than when they are on your bead board! My lesson learned is to remember to work between my neck or display neck and my bead board.

  8. jdbeast1
    jdbeast1 says:

    I love the funky design and all the different components to look at.Some of my most popular necklaces are what i call “kitchen sink designs” – just so many varied and unexpected things put together. I laughed @ your description of how it hung differently once you put it on – I have a necklace that I spent a lot of time & money on, lots of sterling & malachite & marcasite, only to find that when I put it on, the two ‘flowers’ hit my collarbones and flipped over every time ! Spent a lot more time re-designing and re-making it, but now I’m satisfied with it. :)

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    jedfred says:

    This is a beautiful piece. I would have to buy the items to make the piece a little at a time.

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    Janetmarie V says:

    Copper always makes my skin a strange color. Is there something I can use to seal [?] the copper chain? Thanks!

  11. spidereyesburn
    spidereyesburn says:

    I am really admiring your work! We have very similar aesthetic tastes, I think. You’re very creative and inspiring! Thanks for sharing your work here!

  12. SYD Sydney H
    SYD Sydney H says:

    HONESTLY!!! you gals that can do EVERYTHING in jewelry – poly clay beads, cutting metal shapes, wire work, patina -ing metal; that’s what gets me frustrated. I could IF I wanted to do messy, but messy is wa-a-ay off my list of desires.

    Oh, by the way Ali – the necklace is to die for; I just love it

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    Phyllis R says:

    Sometimes our inner vision doesn’t cooperate with what evolves on the board. And sometimes our mood or what’s going on in our lives cloud the waters. I’m in that place right now, but I try to stay gentle with myself and allow my creative energy grow and manifest itself as it will. That said, I feel your frustration, but the end result is worth it. This piece is truly beautiful and unique, and makes a powerful statement.

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