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    S KatollakaSue on “Owl's Nest”:
    “It's a really beautiful piece. Love the colors and components, and am severely envious of your…” read »

  • Medieval Momma
    Medieval Momma on “Owl's Nest”:
    “I love that owl bar too! The beads you put with it are perfect!…” read »

  • Beadaholic1
    Beadaholic1 on “Owl's Nest”:
    “Thanks kye! I found a site that sells Mag-Lok clasps for 1.99 and they…” read »

  • kye
    kye on “Owl's Nest”:
    “Vintaj sells a natural brass magnet clasp I use a lot. It's really strong and matches…” read »

  • Annabel
    Annabel on “Owl's Nest”:
    “Gorgeous. Love the colours and the focal.. How can you go wrong with owls…” read »

  • Beadaholic1
    Beadaholic1 on “Owl's Nest”:
    “Thanks everyone! Kye and Moogie.....helpful tips are always appreciated.…” read »

  • kye
    kye on “Owl's Nest”:
    “I can see why you fell in love with that owl bar. It is so neat.…” read »

  • Moogie
    Moogie on “Owl's Nest”:
    “I love the colors of the beads & how well they go with the bar &…” read »

  • Maggies Mom
    Maggies Mom on “Owl's Nest”:
    “Ditto! and a Fave!…” read »

  • Deb Harding
    Deb Harding on “Owl's Nest”:
    “So cute. Beads are also pefect compliment to the bar. I love your chain and jump…” read »

  • Sophiebug
    Sophiebug on “Owl's Nest”:
    “This is so cute! Love the colors!…” read »

  • dolllady aka Pam
    dolllady aka Pam on “Owl's Nest”:
    “Absolutely, positively stunning!! You have found the perfect beads to go with the darling bracelet…” read »

  • Fresh Baked
    Fresh Baked on “All wrapped up...”:
    “Thanks, again! I am in total agreement about Rena over at Jewelry Making Journal...lots of…” read »

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    Kerrycasey1956 on “Paint Drops”:
    “Will you be getting any more of the multi color teardrop chain in? I would love to…” read »

  • Sophiebug
    Sophiebug on “All wrapped up...”:
    “I bow to your superior skills with wire! This is stunning, just so unique! Lots to…” read »

  • Sophiebug
    Sophiebug on “Celestial Connection”:
    “This has an "other-worldly" look. The colors and balance are perfect. And the focal! Really beautiful.…” read »

  • Sophiebug
    Sophiebug on “Earthy Mix”:
    “The pendant is drop dead gorgeous! The whole piece is lovely and the clasp! Very nice!…” read »

  • Sophiebug
    Sophiebug on “Bronze Beauty”:
    “This is stunning! I love the colors and I, too, am a huge fan of bronze.…” read »

  • Moogie
    Moogie on “Bronze Beauty”:
    “Awww, thanks everyone. You're the best! Got the little bells from Lima! They ARE cute! And…” read »

  • Moogie
    Moogie on “All wrapped up...”:
    “Hey Lynda, I know I wrote a comment but I don't see it here... So, I love…” read »

  • Medieval Momma
    Medieval Momma on “Bronze Beauty”:
    “Wow! This is so amazing! I never would have thought of putting all this together but…” read »

  • Medieval Momma
    Medieval Momma on “Earthy Mix”:
    “The beads look fabulous with your pendent! I know how difficult it can be to take…” read »

  • C Ferguson aka Annie
    C Ferguson aka Annie on “Earthy Mix”:
    “Gorgeous pendant - what a wonderful job you have made with it. The filigree echoes…” read »

  • C Ferguson aka Annie
    C Ferguson aka Annie on “Bronze Beauty”:
    “Just gorgeous Moogie. Such a rich looking set. There is so much to look…” read »

  • Snnje B
    Snnje B on “Bronze Beauty”:
    “Love it!…” read »

  • kye
    kye on “Bronze Beauty”:
    “Oops!!! I meant to say bronze.…” read »

  • kye
    kye on “Bronze Beauty”:
    “Beautiful set!I agree with Fresh Baked- I keep looking at the necklace and find something new…” read »

  • kye
    kye on “Earthy Mix”:
    “This is sooo beautiful! Love how the filigree compliments the detail in the pendant.…” read »

  • Annabel
    Annabel on “Earthy Mix”:
    “Love that pendant! Very pretty.…” read »

  • Beadaholic1
    Beadaholic1 on “Earthy Mix”:
    “Thanks so much everyone!…” read »

  • Moogie
    Moogie on “Earthy Mix”:
    “Oh you are so good with polymer clay! Did you play with Playdoh alot as a…” read »

  • beadinggma
    beadinggma on “Earthy Mix”:
    “Your work keeps getting more beautiful!!! The pendant is gorgeous and you have a knack…” read »

  • Fresh Baked
    Fresh Baked on “Bronze Beauty”:
    “Such a rich mix of metal and beads...especially on the layered necklace. Every inch has something…” read »

  • Fresh Baked
    Fresh Baked on “Earthy Mix”:
    “The pendent is beautiful! Looking forward to seeing more of your PC work.…” read »

  • Fresh Baked
    Fresh Baked on “Celestial Connection”:
    “Fun and edgy set of jewelry...Love the iridescent colors!…” read »

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    S KatollakaSue on “Bronze Beauty”:
    “A beautiful, simply elegant set where every element speaks affectionately with every other one. I'd wear…” read »

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    S KatollakaSue on “Earthy Mix”:
    “Pendant, gorgeous. Beads, also. What really catches my attention is the clasp arrangement! It's really pretty…” read »

  • Deb Harding
    Deb Harding on “Earthy Mix”:
    “Absolutely beautiful! This caught my eye as soon as I opened the page. I love your…” read »

  • dolllady aka Pam
    dolllady aka Pam on “Earthy Mix”:
    “I love the pendant! The beads enhance it so well, also. The colors are…” read »

  • dolllady aka Pam
    dolllady aka Pam on “Bronze Beauty”:
    “Moogie, this is a great necklace to showcase each and every component of this great necklace!…” read »

Amber Lights


About this design:

Another earring frame, this time in copper. Decided to treat them to a LOS bath turning them black. The metal color really sets off the amber glow of the beads.

Components:

Copper metal, faceted glass briolettes



Read the comments (or add your own)

  1. Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick says:

    WOW! Great pair of ear rings, Lynda.

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    K H says:

    Great design!!!! What gauge wire do you use for the frame?

  3. PamRoss10
    PamRoss10 says:

    Oh I DO want these….badly!

  4. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    These earrings are fantastic, Lynda! tee hee….I just saw them on your blog and then came here and “poof” — they magically are now here! ;) :D Spooky, isn’t it? ;)

  5. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Oh, and I agree with your choice to “double-dip” in the LOS — perfect color now! 8)

  6. Fresh Baked
    Fresh Baked says:

    Thanks so much, ladies, for your comments. Now to a question…
    How to keep this patina. Some of the finish did come off when I wiped it with a polishing cloth. I still like the look, but sadly lost the black. I would be grateful if you shared your successes. I have used Renaissance Wax on heat patininated copper before, but not sure how it would work on the black color.

    For KH, since I appropriated this wire from the garage, I’m guessing it’s 16.
    Still malleable, but forges nicely for definition.

  7. Fresh Baked
    Fresh Baked says:

    Oops, I meant ‘patinated’. I really need to pay better attention!

  8. sunny chick
    sunny chick says:

    So pretty! :)

  9. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Lynda, I’ve never tried to keep the black finish from the LOS on any silver or copper, but I’ve never actually tried to keep it on. I’ve always used a very fine grade of steel wool to buff off any I don’t want left behind and then tumble the pieces in my tumbler. It adds a nice sheen — if you are going for that. If you want the matte finish, don’t tumble the pieces. Either way, I buff them with a soft cloth when I’m done. 8)

    I currently have 8 postings here in the Design Gallery in which I’ve used the above method on the sterling silver or copper portions — My First PMC Piece, Wire Wrapped Beads, Copper Clasps, Copper Spiral Pendant Necklace, Copper Spiral Rings, Silver Spiral Rings, Copper Swirls Bracelet, & Viking Romance Bracelet. The Viking knit portion of the Sea Mist Bracelet was created from the same knitted piece I used in the Viking Romance Bracelet. On the VRB portion I used the LOS and on the SMB I didn’t. Hope this helps! :D

  10. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Good grief — I just realized that I said the same thing twice in my first sentence in the above comment! LOL! Silly Chicky….. 8O

  11. Violet
    Violet says:

    Love the color of the copper and it highlights the crystals so well !!

  12. Fresh Baked
    Fresh Baked says:

    So…continuing on this path. I went ahead and applied the Renaissance Wax to the metal. I must say that although the strong black was lost, it added a beautiful dark brown/black luster to the copper. I’ve also had some advise to go ahead and apply the wax to the blackened copper to preserve the color. So, I’m going to give this a try on another pair of earrings soon. I do like this, but I’m still on the hunt for the elusive black. Attached is a photo of the new color.

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    P Ford says:

    Oh, I just love these!!! Wonderful!

  14. Jane MS
    Jane MS says:

    Love the effect the wax gave, adds a lot of depth to the color.

  15. Eeka Mouse
    Eeka Mouse says:

    Looks marvelous! I tried a similar omega frame for a teardrop, but it didn’t turn out nearly as nicely as yours did… maybe I’ll try again w/ thicker wire…
    Also, congrats for having this featured on LB”s FB page!

  16. Eeka Mouse
    Eeka Mouse says:

    do you make the bigger curve 1st, or the 2 little ones?

  17. Bead-itudes
    Bead-itudes says:

    looks like you need to put up a tutorial on these. I do like the new patina. It’s a much warmer hue than the original black.

  18. Fresh Baked
    Fresh Baked says:

    Thanks again for your comments. And for letting me know about FB.
    I’m planning on writing a brief tut for this design. Certainly not too difficult for those that have some wire work experience. I’ll post it soon.
    EEKA…I started with the ends first on both wires. One thing that has worked for me in creating earrings that are identical is to make them together…one step at a time. After both wires are prepared with the curled ends, then I hold them together and bend them around a mandrel at the same time (in this case, it was a fat ball point pen). And this is pretty much a big part of the tutorial I’m going to share. Wishing you fun with this design.

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