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  • 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 »

  • Beadaholic1
    Beadaholic1 on “Bronze Beauty”:
    “Love the mix of metal and your bead and color choices are perfect....great design!…” read »

  • Fresh Baked
    Fresh Baked on “All wrapped up...”:
    “Thank so much, everyone! And if you want to delve more into coiling, then getting and…” read »

"Big Ball" Christmas Brooch


About this design:

Well,ladies,since I really did not like that Big Ball, I decided to re-structure it. Carefully, opening it with my nylon-lined pliers, I created a flower!
The brooch I made can be worn on a coat or sweater. Be careful,though, when you hug someone...it might be dangerous! LOL

Components:

Big Ball; cranberry shell pearls; green artistic wire; head pins and pin clasp

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Read the comments (or add your own)

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

    AWESOME!!! I love it….this is beautiful and sooo creative!!

  2. Cheryl Black Tag Jewelry
    Cheryl Black Tag Jewelry says:

    Nice job!

  3. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    Another great design.

  4. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    Maria, ya done good!!!

  5. Laud
    Laud says:

    What a clever solution to the BB problem! It looks like it was always intended to be a brooch.

  6. Frida
    Frida says:

    Another fabulous big ball design :D Love it, very creative!

    I thinking of buying that nylon coated plier me too, seems to be great when working with such thing as bending a ball and plated wires.

  7. Beadlady3 aka Cindy
    Beadlady3 aka Cindy says:

    Beautiful! Love the idea!

    I said this before, but when I got my “big ball” I thought it was broken, didn’t realize it was made like that. I’ve been trying to think of something to do with it in an “open” state, but not quite like your gorgeous pin!

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    Chicky Zee aka Alice says:

    Great design Maria love it!

  9. Asia
    Asia says:

    Maria, what a great use of the ball, very creative, it just looks like a champagne poinsettia :D

  10. foxhill designs vt
    foxhill designs vt says:

    Fabulous and creative design, Maria!

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    franny says:

    gorgeous, Maria!…such a clever deconstruction & beautifully seasonal! like a lace hellebore & holly!

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    JC Hamm says:

    So pretty and creative. :)

  13. NY Bella
    NY Bella says:

    Thanks,everyone,for your comments and support!

  14. OK Jacki
    OK Jacki says:

    Gorgeous, Maria! Lovely!!

  15. NY Bella
    NY Bella says:

    Thanks, Jacki!

  16. Blooming Ideas
    Blooming Ideas says:

    So many nice designs have been created using the big ball… Your pin is a Great way to use it! Terrific!

  17. NY Bella
    NY Bella says:

    Thanks, BI!

  18. Kate
    Kate says:

    so pretty! and such smooth lines! :-)

  19. NY Bella
    NY Bella says:

    Thanks, Kate!

  20. Julie Shane
    Julie Shane says:

    Hi Maria, I’m coming back for a second look at all the BB projects. Then realized I never commented when I first looked at it.
    I love this idea. Great way to show BB who is really in charge. My BB has become cooperative but still not kind.
    I have a red coat and this would be perfect. I’d like a pair of earrings of the pearls and wire. The the center would really pop! :)

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