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    Robert J on “copper blue”:
    “and the last one. …” read »

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    Robert J on “copper blue”:
    “got the antiquing done and some size reference pics. as always 5thew antiquing looks darker…” read »

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    S KatollakaSue on “Fish on”:
    “Your fish is wonderful! I really like the combination of the hefty dark chain, the abalone…” read »

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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 »

  • Rocky D
    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 »

Bohemian (wire) Rhapsody

About this design:

Practicing the wire wrapping still;) My friend bought me a bag full of beads and things. This is what I came up with! I hope you all can help me out with what's in this lovely necklace. I have added Turquoise, Tiger's Eye, Shell, and some metal beads. I really like how it all came out, though i got really frustrated alot!!


Unknown Stones, Turquoise, Shell, Metal 4mm, Wire, Seed Beads.

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  1. TheBohemianCowgirls
    TheBohemianCowgirls says:

    I am going to take a wild guess and say that the round burnt reddish orange balls are red jasper? and The middle stone a different type of jasper? I know alot of you will be able to tell me if I’m wrong (or right;))

  2. KatsAllThat
    KatsAllThat says:

    Very nice….looking at the closeup photo those reddish beads are red jasper. The focal stone is a type of orbicular jasper..kind of looks like a rough leopardskin jasper. Great design.

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    Mary - Sweet Chick says:

    Your wire wrapping skills very good! With practice it will get less frustrating. (Although there are days when it can still drive you crazy. Sometimes the fingers just won’t do what you want them too!)

    I love the fact that you use smaller stones in your jewelry designs. You’ve inspired me to look beyond the tendency to use large stones in wire wrapping. Thank you! :-)

  4. Elis Mom
    Elis Mom says:

    Great job on this necklace, Jess! It took me a LONG time to get comfortable with my wraps, and I STILL get woogly ones now and then!

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    SpoonLady aka Christina says:

    Beautiful! I love the color combinations!

  6. foxhill designs vt
    foxhill designs vt says:

    Beautiful necklace! I love the combination of colors. My first instinct was to say the large center stone is leopardskin jasper. Are the small brownish beads ones that you questioning? They look like tiger eye. Your wire wrapping looks great.

  7. TheBohemianCowgirls
    TheBohemianCowgirls says:

    Okay so I got two leopard Jaspers and I thought it also looked a bit like Agate? Thank you all for the compliments! Glad to hear I’m not alone in the wire mess ups;) I actually find the wire the most fun!

  8. Jane MS
    Jane MS says:

    This is really beautiful.

  9. TheBohemianCowgirls
    TheBohemianCowgirls says:

    2 red jaspers;)

  10. Nancy Mc
    Nancy Mc says:

    Love this necklace. It’s dainty,but has lots of color.Your wraps are very good. Don’t worry about perfection.It takes time to get comfy with certain gauges of wire,and different wrap techniques. I can see you’ve already mastered simple loops,and that’s great. Believe it or not,the simple loop is one that lots of peeps have most trouble with.You need just the right angle,and eyeball the right amount of wire for the loop.If you’re not happy with your work,just get some cheapo copper wire,and practice when the mood hits you.

  11. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    Wraps are tough. just face it and relax. :) we all have bad days! you did a great job! I have found that using a bent nose pliers to hold the loop and then wrapping at right angles to that and basically against that keeps my wraps lined up. Looks like you have a good method to use!

  12. sunny chick
    sunny chick says:

    This is a gorgeous design! I think your wire wraps are wonderful! I’m with Nancy Mc – I have the most difficult time with simple loops. 8O Mighty fine work here! :D

  13. NY Bella
    NY Bella says:

    This is a beautiful piece! I empathize with your wiring! I ‘m a beading novice and once I used a whole spool of wire on one necklace! Practice, practice!

  14. TheBohemianCowgirls
    TheBohemianCowgirls says:

    NY Bella that’s my plan!! Practice and more practice;) Martha Thank you. Becky I will be working on that right angle!! I have been using the bent nose pliers, without them I’d throw in the towel!! I reckon I’ll break down and buy an expensive how to magazine at the craft store this week;) I think the wire wrapping will be my forte’ as I find it calming (mostly). Of course I love making the leather wraps as well.Variety is good:) Have a great day ladies!! We have 2 day left of summer before school starts and my kids are driving me bonkers, so it’s an outside kind of day…off we go:)

  15. Fresh Baked
    Fresh Baked says:

    Sorry, I can’t help with the stones. Do love what you’ve done with your gift bag, however! The color palette makes this necklace a versatile piece of jewelry.

  16. TheBohemianCowgirls
    TheBohemianCowgirls says:

    thank you FB:)

  17. Lynn g
    Lynn g says:

    This is beautiful, and the wraps look fine to me ..

  18. TheBohemianCowgirls
    TheBohemianCowgirls says:

    OMYGOSH I just saw this was on the front page!! I’m so excited:) Thank you!!

  19. Diane Cauley
    Diane Cauley says:

    Awesome necklace! congrats on front page :)

  20. TheBohemianCowgirls
    TheBohemianCowgirls says:

    Thank you:)

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