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  • SquirrelGirl aka Angela
    SquirrelGirl aka Angela on “Earthy Mix”:
    “Love this, and your pendent is outstanding!…” read »

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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 »

Vintaj Blue Butterfly

About this design:

All of the pieces for this were on a necklace I bought for parts. All the metal parts were silver. I used the Vintaj marine patina on all the metal components so they matched the beads.


Silver metal beads. Blue glass beads. Vintaj patina marine. Jump rings. Lobster claw clasp.

Read the comments (or add your own)

  1. Medieval Momma
    Medieval Momma says:

    Love this, wish I could see the potential in old necklaces. The patina looks great and pulls the whole piece together.

  2. Asia
    Asia says:

    Deb, you have done it again, this is perfect :D

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    Mary - Sweet Chick says:

    Simply beautful, Deb! Love your creativity in re-purposing! I’m envious…..

  4. CAS
    CAS says:

    So cute Deb! I’m going to be getting my hands on some of my late Grandmother’s (paternal) jewelry this weekend … can’t wait … so many possibilities!

  5. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    Thank you everyone. The main reason I posted this is to show the patina on silver metal (wouldn’t do it to sterling lol). I’ve not really seen examples of that and I just tried it to see and liked the results.

    CAS I’m envious of all this old jewelry you’ll be getting.

  6. Laud
    Laud says:

    Perfect winter piece. I seem focused on white-blue at this time, and here you’ve done a marvelous job with those colors. I like the patina a lot. (I got the green-blue patina set back in October. Haven’t had the nerve to use it yet, but now I’ll just have to give it a try. Thanks for the inspiration!

  7. Peggy3
    Peggy3 says:

    The patina on the metal looks great. And the butterfly adds a touch of whimsy. Nice :)

  8. OK Jacki
    OK Jacki says:

    this is beautiful, Deb

  9. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    Thank you so much Laud.
    I’m amazed at how the patina changes the look of the metal. It makes inexpensive metal beads look like vintage pieces. I spent hours looking at the Vintaj website before using it though.

  10. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    Thank you Peggy and Jackie.

  11. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    Laud…I don’t know if you saw it but I also have a necklace where I used this same patina on brass. It makes the brass look verdigris. I’m still working on.getting the other 2 colors in my kit to look good.

  12. Frida
    Frida says:

    Lovely :D

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    Janet Miriam says:

    ADORABLE! Love the color!!

  14. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    Thank you Frida and Janet.

  15. Peggy3
    Peggy3 says:

    Hi Deb – you mentioned “I’m still working on.getting the other 2 colors in my kit to look good.”. Is there a way to remove the patina finish once it has dried?

  16. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    I just actually took a toothbrush and scrubbed the mess out of the arte metal piece that I couldn’t get to look right. I didn’t buy the glaze and that’s my problem. The colors don’t mix as well without it I don’t think. Of course I hadn’t left it on overnight. Don’t know if it.comes off after that long. I’m playing with some metal pieces I’m not gonna use.

  17. Lynn g
    Lynn g says:

    This is very nice, I like your patina on them.

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    franny says:

    really like the effect the blue patina has on the silver ribbed beads, Deb!…like uncovered treasure..don’t have the space to ‘mess’ with this but it looks like fun…YOU’RE always experimenting & coming up with great results!

  19. AllureofGemsGlamJulia
    AllureofGemsGlamJulia says:

    Soooo very cute and girlish!:) Love it :)

  20. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    Thank you Lynn and Julia. Franny aa far as space goes..I’m sitting on my couch with my stacks of bead boxes in front of me using the lid of a margarine tub for the patina. You only put out a small drop of patina because it dries so fast.

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    Judith Ann Boyer says:

    Deb, this piece is awesome! Great job with the patina….even more amazing that I have a vision of you sitting on a couch with a margarine lid as your work station!! :)
    Have you used the Gilders paste? Not expensive and just as fun! Really easy to use. I just started fooling around with it and the patina stain and found it really looks cool on Acrylic beads and they are super easy to throw away if they look like blahhhh, because of the price. :) you are very talented! jb

  22. NY Bella
    NY Bella says:

    I love this, Deb! Fab piece!

  23. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    Thanks Maria and Judith.
    Judith…lol about your vision…I do have a clip board and a small bead board I got in a jewelry kit. No table at this time as my dining room is kind of dismantled to do something to the floor.
    I haven’t tried the Gilder’s paste. I bought the patina to do my Mom’s necklace. It was my first time using it and I was really pleased with it. Mostly…go look at my Waterlilies for Mom necklace you’ll see what I mean in description. Your the 3rd person that has mentioned Gilder’s paste to me so I’m getting more and more interested.
    Thanks also for the complment. I think you are also and it impresses me that you also see potential in not so great jewelry to be redone to pretty cool jewelry!

  24. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    Deb, you have been experimenting feverishly and the results are amazing! add to that all your repurposing and you are a modern marvel! xoxo!!!

  25. Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick says:

    Beautiful job of re-purposing. Love the design. Love the color! :D

  26. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    You’re being silly Becky. I’m sure my Mom doesn’t think I’m a marvel!! lol. But thanks for the compliment.
    And thank yoi Nancy.

  27. Eeka Mouse
    Eeka Mouse says:

    The lid of a shoebox, lined with a washcloth, is an excellent improvised worksurface. :-) Love how the patina ties the beads together in this.

  28. Granny Nancy
    Granny Nancy says:

    I so love this piece. Deb you are so talented.

  29. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    Thank you so much Granny.

  30. Elis Mom
    Elis Mom says:

    I missed this one completely! Beautiful job with the patina. Love the design!

  31. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    Thanks Susie. I love it when I can use basically leftovers to make something.

  32. Granny Nancy
    Granny Nancy says:

    This is another very, very pretty piece. Love it.

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