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    wellsdalakaJulie on “River Stones”:
    “This looks so peaceful and lovely, with all the elements in perfect balance.…” read »

  • Medieval Momma
    Medieval Momma on “River Stones”:
    “The stones are gorgeous whatever name they go by! I like your choice of smokey quartz…” read »

  • dolllady aka Pam
    dolllady aka Pam on “Circles with a Sharpie”:
    “Thank you LRC! I am anxious to try out your instructions. They are…” read »

  • Mahala RockChick
    Mahala RockChick on “River Stones”:
    “Yes, I believe it is the same stone, just a different name.…” read »

  • Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick on “Circles with a Sharpie”:
    “Well rats! I goofed setting this whole thing up. That's what happens when you…” read »

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

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

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

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

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    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 »

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    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 »

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

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    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 »

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

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

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

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    Mahala RockChick on “Here Comes The Sun”:
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    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 »

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    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 »

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

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

Copper and Brass Springs


About this design:

Playing with copper, brass, aluminum, carbon steel coated with Cu wire to make springs. Also, thanks to the creative designers here, I got some copper washers and hammered them (rustically, with a rock hammer on the sidewalk--the geologist method, I suppose, lol)then I tried the 'spa method' from Little Round Chick and let them sit with some lotion for a little bit. The lotion turned green, so I guess there was some type of oxidation or other chemical reaction! lol :) ;) In the end I thought they turned out pretty well.

There are 2 necklaces and 1 bracelet pictured here. I included more than one photo to try and show different details.

Thanks for the inspiration everyone!

Components:

copper wire, brass wire, aluminum wire, carbon steel coated with copper, copper washers bracelet-fluorite and jasper beads on handmade charms spring and chain necklace- impression jasper (LB), Brecciated Jasper (LB), Autumn Agate (LB) on the handmade copper wire beaded connectors

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  1. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    Very, very nice, kiddo!! I love all the organic pieces! You have been a busy geologist! :)

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    olive penguin says:

    Thanks, I appreciate the compliment!

  3. Elis Mom
    Elis Mom says:

    I like the “sidewalk texturing”. Looks great! We just got a Harbor Friegh a few weeks ago. Gotta check it out. What kind of lotion did you use?

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    olive penguin says:

    I used the first hand lotion I grabbed, Vaseline Advanced Healing, it came out really watery for some reason, but it seemed to add character to the washers. The texture is probably part sidewalk and park rock hammer textured, since the head of my rock hammer is pretty beat up from hitting rock with it for many years….lol.

  5. Fresh Baked
    Fresh Baked says:

    Love your ‘can do’ attitude to figure this out. The mixture of metals and washers in the necklace is a very cool look!

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    olive penguin says:

    Thanks Fresh Baked! I do like to mix metals, textures, etc. I think it brings a unique character to the piece.

    I must admit, I did/do enjoy whacking/hitting rocks and now the washers with the hammer. Such a great way to release frustrations! ;) lol Though I must admit since I’m more accustom to hitting rocks, which require more force then the washers, perhaps the washer get a little more distressed than originally intended…oops. :) lol

  7. Nancy Mc
    Nancy Mc says:

    All these designs are so cool. I especialy lik the necklace with the combo of different metals.They go well with the stones you’ve used. Needless to say,I could just die over the Flourite. It’s one of my fav stones.

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    olive penguin says:

    Thanks, Nancy!

    I love fluorite too. I like all stones/minerals, but I must admit I’m partial to fluorite and labradorite.

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