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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 »

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

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    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 »

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    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 »

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    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 »

Hummingbird Don't Flyaway

About this design:

This is a necklace I made for my Mom's birthday. I.had the hummingbird pendant for 2 or 3 years but because of where the loop was on the back he wouldn't hang right. So I kept putting back in the box
When I started sorting through all my beads after unpacking them I found the little glass flower beads and an idea was born. Sorry but nothing in this comes from Lima because I had not yet discovered it.

I included one photo from before the leaf was added. That bird still wouldn't hang right.


Hummingbird pendant, purple glass beads made into a bead chain, various lengths of chain from my stash, leaf component taken off a necklace I bought just for the parts, 1 oval connector, 2 small bead charms at clasp, and various little flower/leaf beads wired to tje leaf.

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  1. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    Sorry for making you tilt your head. The photos are not sideways on my phone so I don’t know why it did that. I cant figure out how to fix it.

  2. Lois D
    Lois D says:

    Deb, that hummingbird pendant is beautiful. I love what you did with the leaf as well and a great idea to re-purpose ‘parts and pieces’. Love the name of your necklace. Sounds like something I’m always saying around Labor Day each year when our hummingbirds begin their migration south…I miss them before they are even gone :)

  3. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    Thank you. I definitely MacGyver stuff to make other stuff. Half the time when I look at or purchase jewelry I’m thinking “what can I do with these parts?”

  4. AllureofGemsGlamJulia
    AllureofGemsGlamJulia says:

    Beautiful work, Deb! :)

  5. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    Thank you so much. :)

  6. NY Bella
    NY Bella says:

    (head tilted) Wow! Deb, this is a beautiful piece! Love that pendant! I’m sure your mom will be delighted with this!

  7. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    Yea sorry about the head tilt. I’ve tried to fix it by rotating the photo on my phone…still sideways.

    Her birthday was the day before Thanksgiving and I gave it to her at the family dinner.
    She was happy with it. She loves hummingbirds and has a rather large collection of hummingbird themed jewelry, pictures, decorative items,….you get the idea.

  8. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    I forgot to say Thank You. (Spanks hand for bad manners)

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

    Deb, this is gorgeous! I love the hummingbird & your solution of adding the leaf was perfect! Lovely design! :D

    Glad to hear your mom loves this — although was there ever any doubt? ;) 8)

  10. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    Thank you..I appreciate the compliments so much. The leaf was added 2 weeks after I thought I had finished the necklace…it was pretty but just lacking and the bird still hung wrong.

  11. Laud
    Laud says:

    I think you found a great solution to the hummingbird problem. The leaf looks like it always belonged with the bird. Re the tilting, if you use Photoshop, you can rotate really easily.

  12. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    I’m using a smartphone to do all my internet surfing. I dont think it has photoshop. My computer died and I cant afford another due to being unemployed.

  13. Frida
    Frida says:

    I rotated my laptop ;) Lovely design :D

  14. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    HaHaHaHaHa that’s funny. You seem to have a good sense of humor. And Thank you.

  15. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Great “solution,” Frida! LOL!!! 8)

  16. Nancy Mc
    Nancy Mc says:

    Very very pretty.I’m sure your Mom will treasure this. Just love the colors!

  17. Asia
    Asia says:

    I’m sure your mother will love it :)

  18. KatsAllThat
    KatsAllThat says:

    Very nice…lucky Mom

  19. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    A deserving Mom believe me. Thank you.

  20. Lynn g
    Lynn g says:

    Very pretty, and sounds like are moms have the same taste (love humming birds) :)

  21. Granny Nancy
    Granny Nancy says:

    You are amazingly talented.

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