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    S KatollakaSue on “Beaded Hairpins”:
    “Just the thing to finish off a lovely outfit!…” read »

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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”:
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    Robert J on “odalisque”:
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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 »

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    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 »

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

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    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 »

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    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 »

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    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 »

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    GemstoneChick aka Lauren on “Felted Beads!”:
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Misty Sunrise

About this design:

This is my entry for this month's Vintaj design challenge. I loved the swirling colors over the bright copper in the pendant since they reminded me of sunrise. I added amazonite nuggets and rounds (which were left over from last year's Spring Rain kit) and the lovely copper ivy and leaf pieces from Vintaj.

Check out the competition at Lots of great designs!

As a side note, I took part in my first public craft sale and this necklace sold! It was my biggest single item sold, so I was pretty thrilled.


Enameled copper pendant from Becka Beads, Amazonite nuggets and rounds, random gemstones from a mixed strand, and Nunn design copper plated chain. Vintaj foliage bead caps, chain, hook clasp, jump rings, Craftsman Vine, and Teensie Nouveau Leaf.

Read the comments (or add your own)

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    Beadaholic1 says:

    Stunning piece. I love turquoise with the Vintage–great work!

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    Beadaholic1 says:

    Ooops…make that “Vintaj”!! LOL

  3. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    It is gorgeous!!!! I can see why it sold. What are the greenish rounds on the amazonite nugget side?

    Is this your first time entering a Vintaj design challange? I’m interested in entering the one for June…Ocean Surf. I know part of the judging is based on your meaning behind your design. I cant think of anything that really means more to me that I could express through jewelry.
    I’m going to go look at all the designs. I love the whole Vintaj design esthetic and philosophy. Everytime I look at their site I get inspired to use something I have in a new way.

  4. Sarajo W
    Sarajo W says:

    Thanks RowdyGirl and Deb!

    I have done the Vintaj challenges a few times and it’s super fun. I design a LOT with their stuff, so it’s always great to try to make my brain think about what might fit in with each month’s theme. You should totally jump in! They always have two winners, one based just on pure votes and one editor’s pick.

  5. Sarajo W
    Sarajo W says:

    Oh, and I have no idea what the greenish rounds are on the side with the nuggets. They came from a mixed gemstone strand I bought a million years ago.

  6. NY Bella
    NY Bella says:

    No wonder it sold! This is a beauty! Love it!

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    Janet Miriam says:

    LOVE the colors and components! Good luck in the contest!

  8. NY Bella
    NY Bella says:

    PS- I just voted for your piece!

  9. Eeka Mouse
    Eeka Mouse says:

    Lovely, graceful piece.

  10. Julie Shane
    Julie Shane says:

    FABULOUS!!! Love the vine link and the teensie leaf (it’s prob my FAVE!)
    The colors are beautiful and the asymmetrical balance it perfect.
    You’ve made me curious about the contest, so I’ll have to check it out. :)

  11. KatsAllThat
    KatsAllThat says:

    This is really stunning and that cool blue tone against the warm copper is fabulous!

  12. foxhill designs vt
    foxhill designs vt says:

    LOVE this design!

  13. Asia
    Asia says:

    Beautiful :D

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    DbnRose says:

    A truly beautiful piece.

  15. Fresh Baked
    Fresh Baked says:

    You got my vote! Love this necklace.

  16. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    Love it! I hope you win! :)

  17. Laud
    Laud says:

    Wonderful colors, textures, composition. Great job!

  18. Peggy3
    Peggy3 says:

    Beautiful. I’m not suprised it sold.

  19. Frida
    Frida says:

    Very beautiful :)

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