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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 »

Big Ball You are Beautiful!

About this design:

I was going for the look of a exotic plant with an antique touch to the design. First thing I did was changing the shape of the ball then I painted it with acrylic and sealed the paint with glossy claudine hellmuth studio multimedium. At the same time wanted to add some "coolness" to it, which I think the hand made chain did ;)


Bronzite, Lemon Quartz, Freshwater Pearls, Shell Pearls, Seed Beads, Vintaj Filigree Bead Caps, Vintaj Chain, Vintaj Jumprings, Vintaj Lobster Clasp, Handmade Antique Brass Chain, Waxed Irish Linen 7 ply, Silk Ribbon, Artistic Wire, paint, and course BIG BALL! ( and some cat hair )

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  1. PPR
    PPR says:

    Frida: WOW, your work and design – stunning! I just love every aspect of this necklace.

  2. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    This is seriously cool!! and Scout’s honor, my design is also plant-oriented!! I am only about a quarter done. How did you manage that so quickly? It is FABULOUS!!!!

  3. OK Jacki
    OK Jacki says:

    It’s glorious, Frida. is that REALLY cat hair I’m seeing in the last pic?

  4. Frida
    Frida says:

    Thank you dear PPR and Becky :D

    Well I had to do some redoing ;) Otherwise I’m quite stubborn and then I work quite fast :D

    Last picture my cat Ready’s contribution, he is so good helping mommy, yes the other cats as well but he mostly :D

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  5. Frida
    Frida says:

    Thank you Jacki! yes it’s! My little helper has integrated them. He also does that with my paintings :P

  6. Medieval Momma
    Medieval Momma says:

    Incredible! I’m amazed! I love it.

  7. Valley Girl
    Valley Girl says:

    Wow… This is super gorgeous and unique! Love that!

  8. Julie Shane
    Julie Shane says:

    Frida, I said it in the Fresh Picks and I’ll say it again: this is GORGEOUS.

    I also have my bead “open” like you do and plan to have dangles. Not copying… PROMISE.

  9. KatsAllThat
    KatsAllThat says:

    This is quite fabulous…unique…so many wonderful details.

  10. AllureofGemsGlamJulia
    AllureofGemsGlamJulia says:

    It is definitely unique and a conversational piece!

    I would frame it instead of wearing it as it is a piece of application art! :) ))

  11. AllureofGemsGlamJulia
    AllureofGemsGlamJulia says:

    I am serious , Frida! You may attach it to the canvas with some nature background and put it in the shadow frame. It would be absolutely awesome!

  12. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    OMG GORGEOUS! I’m just floored with the design. I think you sent me psychic vibes though because I was seriously thinking of doing this to a filigree heart pendant this morning and was wondering how it would look. As Julia said a work of art.

  13. Frida
    Frida says:

    Thank you so much my friends :D

    Julia that aint a bad idea! However, I think I gonna try to sell it, if it’s possible.

  14. Frida
    Frida says:

    Deb go for it ;)

    Julie I think you will come up with a perfect dangle. And if it’s very close to mine I have no problems with that because I know it will be unique because you made it :)

  15. Julie Shane
    Julie Shane says:

    Yes Frida. Someone will grab this quickly at a show. There is SO much detail. That terrible big ball is so calm and peaceful … and beautiful…

  16. Frida
    Frida says:

    Ohh Julie do you think that? Sadly we don’t have those amazing shows (I have heard of) that you have in the states :( Think I’m taking all my animals and emigrating to USA.

  17. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    Just look at what you’ve inspired Julie with your crazy pick challenge. Probably gonna see some of the most original and stunning jewelry ever.

  18. Elis Mom
    Elis Mom says:

    Frida, this is FABULOUS!

  19. foxhill designs vt
    foxhill designs vt says:

    Stunning design, Frida! As soon as I saw the big ball, before even reading your desciption, I was thinking it looked like the bud of a flower opening. Love the mix of colors of pearls. :)

  20. Frida
    Frida says:

    Thank you Elis Mom and foxhill designs vt :D

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    Mary - Sweet Chick says:

    OK. This is another OMGosh piece!
    Truly a stunning work of art, Frida!

  22. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    I almost wish we had agreed to post them all on the same day! now I will have to keep pushing this and Asia’s design out of my head as I finish!! :) Hoping to post tonight! (btw, my is painted green–what a surprise, huh?)

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    Chicky Zee aka Alice says:

    OMG Frida this is Awewsome great design my friend!

  24. NY Bella
    NY Bella says:

    Wow, Frida! You did a fabulous job! Congrats on such a beautiful piece!

  25. Chicky Suz aka Susan Z
    Chicky Suz aka Susan Z says:

    Yes indeed, WOW! Frida, this is gorgeous! I love it!

  26. Cheryl Black Tag Jewelry
    Cheryl Black Tag Jewelry says:

    This is really beautiful! I didn’t think that ball could turn out so dainty and dangly.

  27. Blooming Ideas
    Blooming Ideas says:

    Fabulous, Frida!!! And the Ball necklace is too! ;) :)

  28. Frida
    Frida says:

    Thank you so much :D

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    franny says:

    WOW, Frida!…ditto above; inspired & inspiring!…as i don’t have BB i was going to ask if it separated into segments..ask no more, the designs tell all…i think your exotic flower (apart from looking like a seed pod) may be the Fritillaria!..absolutely gorgeous!

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    JC Hamm says:

    What an amazing piece,it really is a WOW!!! There are so many parts of this that I find truely perfect on their own,but then the way it all comes together makes it one stunning piece of art.
    :) :)

  31. Frida
    Frida says:

    Thank you franny and JC Hamm :D

    Your inputs and kind words means a lot to me :D

  32. FaeryGoth Chick
    FaeryGoth Chick says:

    Gorgeous design Frida! Love it :-)

  33. Frida
    Frida says:

    Thank you Sarah :D Glad to see you, it has been a while!

  34. Kate
    Kate says:

    I may be showing my age, but this plant piece reminds me of Nintendo Super Mario games…
    Primordial, in an elegant way…is that possible??


  35. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    OH that is funny Kate but it does.look like that.

  36. Frida
    Frida says:

    Hahaha Kate I was thinking the same ;) Another thins that struk me is that it look Sci-Fi and a lil surreal!

    To be right on: How old are u Kate? Apologizing for my bad manner to ask but I become curious ;)

  37. Frida
    Frida says:

    Do I have to change it now? 8O

  38. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    I wouldn’t change it at all….but you might not want to sleep in the same room with it….remember bodysnatchers??

  39. Frida
    Frida says:

    Hahaha lol Deb :D I have put it in a box, hope it not breaks free!

    I had no games like these when I was litlle so I don’t remember so much of these games and the bodysnatcher, hmmm might if I see them.

  40. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    That is a science fiction book.from 1955. Then a movie called INVASION OF THE BODYSNATCHERS in 1956 and an excellent remake starring Donald Sutherland in 1978. Plants with pods hook up to people and replicate them to take over their lives

  41. Frida
    Frida says:

    Ohhh now it sounds familiar! Must check that out.

    I’m so tiered so if I seems to be confused you know why.

  42. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    Me too.Frida. My dogs have disrupted my.sleep the past two nights.

  43. Lynn g
    Lynn g says:

    Very neat love all the components used here.

  44. Julie Shane
    Julie Shane says:

    Frida, I came back AGAIN to take another look. I’m still spell-bound! There are so many little vignettes within your piece that I keep looking at each photo over and over.

    I’m working on my pieces tonight and wanted to make sure mine did not copy yours. My ball is open like yours and has a few dangles, but I have different stuff going on above it.

  45. Julie Shane
    Julie Shane says:

    BTW: Too old for Nintendo…
    Too scared for body-snatchers.
    However this shape of the BB does remind me of “Audrey 2″ from that crazy play & movie “Little Shop of Horrors.” Oh no! Maybe that’s why my BB has been so difficult!!! ;)

  46. Frida
    Frida says:

    Thank you :D

    Julie your designs are fab :D
    I think it’s so funny Becky did that Audrey. I have never seen (I think) that movie or might have and unconsciously made something like Audrey. I have a visual memory so must check that movie out.

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