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    S KatollakaSue on “Pretty in rustic pink”:
    “Love the dark chain with the gorgeous pink opal!…” read »

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    S KatollakaSue on “copper blue”:
    “What an interesting piece! The three views are so different that it almost looks like a…” read »

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    A Groundwater on “Starfish with Love”:
    “Love this. I can never tire of this type of bracelet! :) …” read »

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    A Groundwater on “💜Moonstone💜”:
    “Thanks so much, everyone! You are all so lovely and sweet :) The grey…” read »

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    T thornton on “Labradorite Mist Dragon”:
    “Love the Misty look. Like a lake in Scotland.I love the thought you put into it.…” read »

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    T thornton on “Spring Birds”:
    “I am in love with these. Couldn't be any more perfect. Your an amazing artist. Keep…” read »

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    Robert J on “odalisque”:
    “you really should try something of the sort, just take it a step at a…” read »

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    Fresh Baked on “Easy Does It”:
    “A modern, simple, and effective way to show off a beautiful bead or stone!…” read »

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    Fresh Baked on “Beaded Hairpins”:
    “Great to share this time of year with proms and weddings!…” read »

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    kye on “Finally”:
    “I wondered what you were going to do with that beautiful focal. You certainly did it…” read »

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    Maggies Mom on “Spiral Dance”:
    “Another gorgeous work of art!…” read »

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    Maggies Mom on “odalisque”:
    “I can't imagine even attempting this! Intricate, ornate, gorgeous, beautifully done!!!!…” read »

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    Maggies Mom on “Finally”:
    “Love it!…” read »

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    Robert J on “whirlpool”:
    “Thank you all for the complements. Sophiebug I don't try to see the holes when I'm…” read »

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    Robert J on “Spiral Dance”:
    “Good, I am glad it is helpful. remember to not over twist the square wire…” read »

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    Crystal Canary on “Patina Queen”:
    “RockyD, just saw your note...the leaves are from Lima--#42368--but they are out of stock right now.…” read »

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    Robert J on “odalisque”:
    “no, each step really is simple. there are only so many ways one can…” read »

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    kye on “whirlpool”:
    “Beautiful! Love the gradated pearls inside the spiral. Such a nice touch.…” read »

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    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 »

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

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

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

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

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    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 »

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

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

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

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

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

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

More Copper and Rhyolite

About this design:

I've had the copper frame for this bracelet for ages. I had started to work on it with mostly stone beads but didn't like the way it was looking. So I abandoned it, more or less.

Last week I received some rhyolite beads that were a perfect color for copper so I clipped the wires and removed the blah beads from the frame. The colors of the rhyolite with a few Czech beads and crystal made a much more interesting cuff.


rhyolite, copper, Czech glass, jasper, crystal, seed beads

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  1. Elaine aka Belly Chick
    Elaine aka Belly Chick says:

    This is fabulous!! This is exactly the inspiration for my Blue Fire Agate cuff that I just posted….yours is SO much nicer, though! :-D

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    olive penguin says:

    This is a stunningly beautiful cuff! I’m in awe of your copper wire work in your bracelets, it’s always really interesting and unique. Those rhyolite beads are beautiful too! Great job! I love this. :)

  3. Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick says:

    Thanks Elaine and Olive. This is one of those pieces where the beads and copper were made for each other.

    Elaine, I need to check your Blue Fire Agate cuff. I expect you are being too hard on yourself. :)

  4. Fresh Baked
    Fresh Baked says:

    Gorgeous color combo in this piece…a beautiful mosaic effect. Love it.

  5. Wemai Coffee Chick
    Wemai Coffee Chick says:

    Lovely! Maybe some day I will try to make a cuff like this, but so far I have to admire yours! ;-)

  6. KatsAllThat
    KatsAllThat says:

    Really beautiful.

  7. KatsAllThat
    KatsAllThat says:

    Where did you find that frame? Love it.

  8. Elis Mom
    Elis Mom says:

    This is gorgeous!

  9. Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick says:

    Thanks for the compliments Everyone. I’m quite please with the over all design. :)

    KatsAllThat, I made the frame. It’s 12 gauge copper electrical wire. This is the first style frame I learned to make. Since then I’ve been playing around with all kinds of variations for the frame structure, waves, swirls, paisleys, grids….. There is no end to all of the design possibilities.

  10. KatsAllThat
    KatsAllThat says:

    Wow…I must say you did a fantastic job! I would love to try that out.

  11. KatsAllThat
    KatsAllThat says:

    I just shared this on my Facebook page.

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  13. Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick says:

    Thank you for sharing my cuff on your Facebook page, KatsAllThat. One of these days I need to learn the ins and outs of Facebook.

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    D Luczak says:

    This is gorgeous!!! I love how the copper and beads go together and that frame is amazing :) I really want to try to make one :)

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    Chicky Zee aka Alice says:

    Gorgeous and a fav!

  16. Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick says:

    Thanks for all of the positive comments Everyone. :D

    I can’t take credit for the original design of this cuff. Instructions for making it came from the book “Beautiful Wire Jewelry for Beaders” by Irina Miech. I learned the basics in a class offered by my LBS. It is a fantastic book full of ideas and techniques. Some day I may have to try some of the other projects in it.

  17. Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick says:

    Hey all of you interested folk, Amazon has the book available for $14.93 which is a better price than I paid. If you do check it out be very careful….they have bunched of books on jewelry and it is easy to get lured into buying them. :D

  18. Nancy Mc
    Nancy Mc says:

    Absolutely gorgeous! You’re right about the beads and the copper together. Everything just “fits” ;)

  19. Dragons Chicky
    Dragons Chicky says:

    This is lovely!And that is a great book!

  20. gembeans
    gembeans says:

    Love it, love it, love it!!!

  21. Lynn g
    Lynn g says:

    This is so pretty, and love the bead choice. :)

  22. Krystone Jewelry
    Krystone Jewelry says:

    I want one!! :)

  23. Steph
    Steph says:

    I love how it all blends, I have yet to try doing one of these, I’d hate to waste the wire screwing it up.

  24. sunny chick
    sunny chick says:

    Gorgeous cuff! 8O

  25. Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick says:

    Thanks again Everyone.

    Steph, you should see the container I put my scraps and screw-ups in. It is about 3/4 full and this is my second one. Of course they aren’t terribly big containers but then the scrapsare pretty small. If you want to try making this style bracelet start with a fairly small gauge like a 16ga then work your way up to the tuff stuff. :D

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    Mary - Sweet Chick says:

    Geez! Thought I had commented on this….
    Anyway, this is fabulous Nancy! Rhyolite and copper are a match made in heaven. Love it!

    Any idea how many feet of 12g you used?
    (I’ve gotta’ get that book from Irina!)

  27. Marlene
    Marlene says:

    Beautiful bracelet and beautiful work. Just did my very first wire work (a class), and I think I’m going to love it. Thanks for the book recommendation – if it can show me how to be half as good as you, I’ll be thrilled.

  28. BeataViscera
    BeataViscera says:

    This is absolutely awesome. And congrats on getting featured!

  29. Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick says:

    Thanks again Everyone. After a hard day at the farmers market this is great to come home to. :D
    (Actually it wasn’t too hard just a bit slow.)

    Mary, I think there is about 30 inches of wire in this bracelet. I really didn’t measure it. In the original project there was 36 inches of 16ga wire used but it had coils on both ends with many turns in them.

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

    Stunning work of art!

  31. Chickie Nonnie T
    Chickie Nonnie T says:

    So Beautiful, I love it!

  32. BrendaBeads
    BrendaBeads says:

    How beautiful! I love the design!

  33. Lesa B
    Lesa B says:

    Beautiful! I love it!!

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    faithstar51 says:

    Love the copper frame. Great design!!

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    Hayley K says:

    I LOVE the combination of copper and Rhyolite – perfect!!

  37. AJDesigns
    AJDesigns says:

    Beautiful Bracelet

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