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    S KatollakaSue on “Easy Does It”:
    “Wonderful, simple everyday piece! Could be some lucky buyer's signature piece!…” read »

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    S KatollakaSue on “whirlpool”:
    “Wow! Copper, pearls, tiny seeds - what's not to love? A fave!…” read »

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    Robert J on “whirlpool”:
    “20/0 seed beads are antiques, mine were made in the 1800's. Greasy is the…” read »

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    Robert J on “odalisque”:
    “I'd never before been even the slightest bit worried, and then recently I was on…” read »

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    Moogie on “whirlpool”:
    “Ok, I was wondering about the green opals. Thought I was going blind or something... Second, I've…” read »

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    Moogie on “odalisque”:
    “Robert, nice to see you again. I was thinking the same thing as Donna--who could come…” read »

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    Robert J on “whirlpool”:
    “how did green opal get into the materials? *sigh* The seed beads are so small I…” read »

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    Robert J on “Spiral Dance”:
    “lol. oh god no, not any more. I did at one point have…” read »

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    Robert J on “odalisque”:
    “woohoo. can add them back this way. …” read »

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    Robert J on “odalisque”:
    “oh crap it took the in process pics away for some reason. They may help simplify…” read »

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    Joy9sage on “Swirling Earrings”:
    “I am assuming these are double-sided? I do love them.…” read »

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    dolllady aka Pam on “Beaded Hairpins”:
    “I can see the young girls going after these for prom. The are so creative!…” read »

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    dolllady aka Pam on “Easy Does It”:
    “This is perfect! I like the more simple designs. Your wire work with the…” read »

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    dolllady aka Pam on “Finally”:
    “Beautiful design with your dandelion focal! The colors are so perfect with it.…” read »

  • Poms Forever aka Donna
    Poms Forever aka Donna on “3 Kumihimo”:
    “Janet, I always love your Kumi necklaces. They are always your best work, because you have…” read »

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    Poms Forever aka Donna on “Spotted Necklace”:
    “Wow, I love the colors and your use of the ribbon. Just a beautiful, cherry, colorful…” read »

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    Poms Forever aka Donna on “whirlpool”:
    “Ditto to comments above. I am truly a novice when it comes to wire work. You…” read »

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    Poms Forever aka Donna on “Spiral Dance”:
    “Thank you for the steps on making the beautiful pendants. You are quite an Artist and…” read »

  • dolllady aka Pam
    dolllady aka Pam on “whirlpool”:
    “Great wirework! Those seed beads must be as small as black pepper flakes.…” read »

  • Poms Forever aka Donna
    Poms Forever aka Donna on “Easy Does It”:
    “For me personally, I am drawn to simple designs. I love the Czech bead and your…” read »

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    Poms Forever aka Donna on “odalisque”:
    “Robert, I don't think anyone will copy your design. The design is quite intricate and complex.…” read »

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    Poms Forever aka Donna on “Finally”:
    “I love everything about this bracelet. Beautiful focal and beads. Love the dangles! You did a…” read »

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    dolllady aka Pam on “Spotted Necklace”:
    “I totally agree with everything that's already been said.…” read »

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    jdtt on “whirlpool”:
    “Your wirework is admirable and simply lovely to behold! What may be " painfully simple" to…” read »

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    Chicky Red-haired Grammy on “Spring Birds”:
    “C.C. We are coming up to the first anniversary of our daughter's death by heroin; I…” read »

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    kye on “Felted Beads!”:
    “I agree-these are so cool. Great variety of colors so I bet they sell in your…” read »

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    S KatollakaSue on “Spotted Necklace”:
    “I love this! Everything is wonderful, but i especially like the patterned fabric with the…” read »

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    S KatollakaSue on “Little House”:
    “Just great!…” read »

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    MH on “I think I like it?”:
    “Great job!!! I used to make jewelry specifically for plus sized women and these pieces…” read »

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    MH on “Labradorite Mist Dragon”:
    “I love this piece! I've put shell and seed beads with dragons in the past,…” read »

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    MH on “Spring Birds”:
    “CC- You're an inspiration to me. I think all this creativity has been building up…” read »

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    MH on “Little House”:
    “This is a wonderful one of a kind necklace! Beautiful work!…” read »

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    MH on “Spotted Necklace”:
    “WOW!!! Wonderful color combination and design!…” read »

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    sweetjane on “Little House”:
    “Just adorable! Very impressive work...the leather is a perfect addition!…” read »

  • dolllady aka Pam
    dolllady aka Pam on “Spring Birds”:
    “CC so sorry to hear about your father. I know how hard it is as…” read »

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    dolllady aka Pam on “Felted Beads!”:
    “Way cool Lauren! You are continuing to grow your creatvity even though school is keeping…” read »

  • jdtt
    jdtt on “Labradorite Mist Dragon”:
    “Beautiful, evocative, magical! Love the " shore mist" colors.…” read »

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    Crystal Canary on “Felted Beads!”:
    “What a cool concept! I really like the variety of colors. These should sell…” read »

  • GemstoneChick aka Lauren
    GemstoneChick aka Lauren on “Felted Beads!”:
    “Aww, thank you! Medieval Momma, they are on my etsy shop and I hope to upload…” read »

  • Medieval Momma
    Medieval Momma on “Felted Beads!”:
    “So cool! Are these in your Etsy shop?…” read »

Copper Cuff with Pastel Crystals and Glass

About this design:

Pastel colors are lovely to look at but not so easy for me to use in a design. Darker colored beads and a wider range of sizes and colors are definitely easier for me to work with. I restricted myself to pastel colors with just a touch of medium dark colored beads and had a difficult time getting the design to work.

Don't know if I like it or not....Into the closet for a week or so.

The last picture obviously is not a cuff bracelet. They are simple design ideas of jewelry to make with a Girl Scout Troop for their Jewelry badge. The buttons are off of some old shirts my husband wore. The 3/0 green seed beads are from who knows where or when. The other seed beads are cheapies from WalMart that I've had for many years. The large beads in the ear rings are seeds taken from an old bamboo curtain. I'm sure all of you are familiar with those curtains. Plus normal tiny seed beads and ear wires. Oh, and some light weight teal cord from LB.


14ga and 24ga copper wire, crystal rondelle beads, fire polished Czech glass

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  1. Frida
    Frida says:

    I like the cuff! It’s femenine yet rustic in some way. Elegant yet cool!

    Cute design ideas for girl scouts :)

  2. NY Bella
    NY Bella says:

    The cuff is so pretty! Spring -like and feminine!
    Cool projects for the girl scouts!

  3. Asia
    Asia says:

    Love the cuff, so spring looking. Great projects for the girl scouts, lucky them to have you :D

  4. Blooming Ideas
    Blooming Ideas says:

    Love the cuff and the colors of beads you chose to embellish it with. Really terrific! :)

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    Beadaholic1 says:

    I love this one! Great design and use of colors!

  6. Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick says:

    OK. So maybe I misjudged the bracelet. It was supposed to look spring-like. Guess I achieved my goal. Thanks for the encouragement and compliments. :D

  7. rootware
    rootware says:

    Love the color combination. The blues and greens work so well with the copper, and by using the lighter and brighter beads… they will age better as the copper darkens over time. Too many dark beads on copper tend to blend over time- And with green being the pantone color of the year, you are set to go for 2013. Great job!

  8. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    I think the bracelet is fabulous! The tiny dark green crystals keep the pastels from looking schmaltzy, as if your wirework could ever look less than fab! :)

  9. Julie Shane
    Julie Shane says:

    I’ve been staring at these pics for SO long. I wanna do this! :) I need few more lessons. And a LOT more practice. I’m going to spend lots of time studying your craft.
    I can see how you do the frame with the large guage. I just don’t have the design eye or imagination to do the details with the beads.
    Keep posting. You are my new role model!

  10. Julie Shane
    Julie Shane says:

    btw: I recognize the “correct” hammering technique in your piece. I know I got carried away, but the effect was kinda cool.

  11. Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick says:

    Julie, some of the pieces I’ve hammered on have been flattened until they were paper thin. As far as I’m concerned there isn’t just one “correct” way to use the hammer. My philosophy is to try out ANY THING then dispose of the results if they get too messed up. :D

    BTW I posted step-by-step instructions for making a variation of the beaded or confetti cuff. Check out the step-by-step section. The directions are on the second page. If you haven’t worked with heavy copper wire you might want to start with 14 or 16 gauge. Or better yet your aluminum wire might be just the thing for starters. Let me know if there are any questions. :)

  12. Granny Nancy
    Granny Nancy says:

    I love the blues and greens and whatever the other shades are. I love all your cuffs but for some reason this is my favorite.

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