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  • Asia
    Asia on “Inner Fire”:
    “This is simple, LOL, not for me, it looks complicated, love it :D …” read »

  • Asia
    Asia on “Copper Enigma”:
    “Very cool, very you :D …” read »

  • Beauty Sought Khristin
    Beauty Sought Khristin on “Copper Enigma”:
    “Thanks guys! Donnaleigh, for the "structure" I have been using 16 or 18 gauge wire, just…” read »

  • sweetjane
    sweetjane on “No Two Are Alike”:
    “Thanks for all the comments!It doesn't show up in the pic...but they are both a violet…” read »

  • sweetjane
    sweetjane on “Briolettes”:
    “Thanks for all the lovely comments! It was just perfect timing that I had both the…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Ocean Tribute”:
    “Khristin, you're so funny :) I'm sitting here now with a bunch of misc left-over beads in…” read »

  • kye
    kye on “Cross”:
    “I don't have any idea what technique you used to make this. I need to look…” read »

  • dollladysturg aka Pam
    dollladysturg aka Pam on “Inner Fire”:
    “The inner fire is a terrific name for this luminous bracelet! I've tried a few…” read »

  • Medieval Momma
    Medieval Momma on “Inner Fire”:
    “Lovely! I understand the inner fire! And this bracelet has captured it.…” read »

  • Beauty Sought Khristin
    Beauty Sought Khristin on “Ocean Tribute”:
    “Crystal, I love your work! I just suffer from a nearly nonexistent attention span! It's funny,…” read »

  • puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky on “Cross”:
    “Love the bike!!! Maybe hand strength is my problem. :) You do a great job!!!…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Inner Fire”:
    “The orange crystals captured inside the chainmaille depicts the spirit of Inner Fire. Nice interpretation…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Copper Enigma”:
    “Very attractive! In the pictures, the Labradorite is flashing it's iridescence perfectly. The silk…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Cross”:
    “I really like this technique and the step-by-step instructions you gave on your post 'How to…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Dedicated to Fresh Baked, Lynda”:
    “Nancy, this is another Beautie! Great color contrast--each color sings next to the other. I…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Ocean Tribute”:
    “Khristin, I really like the combination of the pearls, labradorite, and copper--they just play so well…” read »

  • dollladysturg aka Pam
    dollladysturg aka Pam on “Copper Enigma”:
    “Lovely design! The silk shows off the copper and labradorite to it's best advantage.…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “" Goddess Maat "”:
    “Asia, the composition in this necklace is very impressive--masterfully done! The beads are out-of-this-world gorgeous;…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Briolettes”:
    “This pair is striking! Awesome briolettes--and you have such a knack for finding the most…” read »

  • EPBCornell
    EPBCornell on “Cross”:
    “Is that stamped solder on the copper sheet metal? From design concept to execution, this is…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “No Two Are Alike”:
    “These turned out great! The addition of the silk is perfect. Very impressive pair!…” read »

  • A Rozmin
    A Rozmin on “Sand Flower”:
    “I always know that Monica's pieces will teach me somthing new. This piece is no exception.…” read »

  • N Taylor
    N Taylor on “Cross”:
    “I have a saw and have not used since the workshop I bought it at. …” read »

  • N Taylor
    N Taylor on “Copper Enigma”:
    “I like this. Nice feel.…” read »

  • Donnaleigh
    Donnaleigh on “Copper Enigma”:
    “Very cool design-love the intricate wirework with the silk. Lovely, eclectic, bohemian, all my favorites!…” read »

  • N Taylor
    N Taylor on “" Goddess Maat "”:
    “I had no idea but right some professions would not be jewelery friendly. Your work…” read »

  • Beauty Sought Khristin
    Beauty Sought Khristin on “Ocean Tribute”:
    “Hey Monica! I think you and everyone else is right! A trial run is a must!…” read »

  • puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky on “Cross”:
    “I have those same shears. Asia, for tight corners you need a saw, at least…” read »

  • puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky on “" Goddess Maat "”:
    “Asia, you have inspired me to dig out some of my lapis and give it a…” read »

  • Asia
    Asia on “" Goddess Maat "”:
    “Becky is right, I work in IR that means scrubs for 10 hrs. a day and…” read »

  • Asia
    Asia on “Cross”:
    “Beautiful, I love your solder work. I need to get a pair of those sheers. I…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Lovely Lavenders”:
    “I really like the different shades of purple and violet you've paired with the subdued, soft…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Inspired by Sarajo W”:
    “I remember those earrings! This is a lovely rendition of them--simple, but very elegant. …” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Seahorse bracelet”:
    “What a thoughtful gift. Your niece will just love the seahorse charm and the fun,…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Sand Flower”:
    “LOVE the name, LOVE the flower clasp, LOVE your ceramic beads, LOVE the versatility! Did…” read »

  • Maggies Mom
    Maggies Mom on “Cross”:
    “Beautifully done, and the necklace is perfect with it.…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Recycled, re-designed”:
    “Monica, incredible work as always! I think I would love to join Becky and come…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Moon child”:
    “Love the balance between the moon and star. The blue wire and beads are perfect…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Wired butterflies”:
    “I really like the different colors of wire you used in this one.…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Dragonfly fly away”:
    “This is fantastic work! So beautiful--those beaded wings are amazing! You have a very…” read »

Amazonite w/ A Shot of Espresso

About this design:

Okay if you think these are good enough they are the bracelet set I'm putting on the Etsy/Miss Dixie site. I do have to change the toggle bar but that might be all. Maybe add some danglies...didn't have anything that matched. Did a little MacGyvering. I used a pendant bail to attach the bracelet to the ring (which is technically not a toggle ring either).
The wood beads and ceramic are brown not black.

Tweaked the design slighty. Moved the beads around. Found a pendant bail that was the same antique silvee as the ring. Found a small flower bead cap and added dangles with it.

ButterBall photos.


Amazonite Nuggets. Espresso w/ Aqua Swirls Ceramic Beads. Espresso Waxed Wood Beads. Silver-tone Beadcaps & Aligner Beads. Small Sterling Silver Beads. Silver-tone jump rings, toggle bar, toggle ring. Espresso Waxed Wood Beads. Aqua Glass Cube Beads. Silver-tone Bead. Silver head pins & jump rings & lobster claw.

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  1. Julie Shane
    Julie Shane says:

    Oh My Goodness Deb! It’s possible that ButterBall is THE most adorable kitten EVER!!! You need to print a big copy of the pair of them and frame it. I do know you suffered so much pain and guilt with the sweet little ones… But having BB in you life is enough to make much of it worthwhile. Bless you and enjoy your pair of little boys.

    LOVE the bracelet too. The mix of ceramic beads and wood beads is very cool. And both are great with the amazonite.

  2. beadinggma
    beadinggma says:

    Love the bracelet. Good luck on Etsy/Miss Dixie.

  3. Crazy Beader
    Crazy Beader says:

    Love the bracelet – - but I agree with Julie – - Butterball is the cutest ! My, what big eyes your kitty has ! !

  4. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    Julie ButterBall is pretty close to being the cutest kitty evet. Surpassed only by Mousey. When I feel bad about losing the babies I have to go love him up. Between me and 2 moms & my other female Diva he is spoiled rotten.
    Sorry that you never got your little girls :( . You could always take Precious and Binky but then you would miss out on kitten time.
    Photo of Mousey proving superior cuteness. He used to pose all the time.

    I love those ceramic beads and want some of all the colors M’s has.


  5. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    See this is the cutest kitty ever. He was a camera ham too.


  6. Julie Shane
    Julie Shane says:

    Oh!!! Mousey was and is too cute too! I still say there is a proud papa cat wandering around your neighborhood. Too much cuteness between Mousey and BB to not have some kind of family ties.

    Ah ha!!! I knew I recognized the ceramics. I have some similar from M’s but mine are black with greys and blues. Love ceramic beads since they mix with anything! :)

  7. Eeka Mouse
    Eeka Mouse says:

    Amazonite & espresso & kittens… does it get any better? (Not in my book!)

    At 1st I thought BB was resting his tiny head on an itty-bitty stuffed animal. Then I realized it was the corner of a blanket. I love the shot of the 2 touching noses…<3

  8. Julie Shane
    Julie Shane says:

    Oh. I too am sad not to have my new girls. I am so happy that y0u have ButterBall though.
    Spring Break is soon and it’s a great time to adopt new babies and have time to play with them. I’ll contact our local adoption centers. There’s hope. Maybe not until summer. I am holding out for a pair of sisters. Heidi and Hannah are SO close and happy. I want the the new babies I adopt to have that love too.

  9. Eeka Mouse
    Eeka Mouse says:

    So clever of you to use the bail to attach that handsome ring!

  10. Crazy Chick Frida
    Crazy Chick Frida says:

    Of course they are good enough, Deb! It’s two great bracelets :)

    Adorable pics of BB and Mousey :D

  11. Lois D
    Lois D says:

    OK, I can’t stand it….I can’t stand the kitty pictures. They are too cute. They make me wilt. They make me melt into a big puddle of babble. I love them :) The first pic of BB, upper right, is just too cute.

    As always, your bracelet is just gorgeous, and I love the way you used the pendant bail! PRETTY!!

  12. Beadaholic
    Beadaholic says:

    Love the bracelet. I like the combo, and also that you used a pendant bail to attach the ring. All great designs are great because of the ingenuity used in construction! Good luck on Etsy!

  13. foxhill designs vt
    foxhill designs vt says:

    Gorgeous bracelets, Deb! I like the combo of amazonite and brown.
    Your kitties are too cute!!! BB is getting so big. :)

  14. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    Thank you everyone. I’m glad you all love the pendant bail use. Spur of the moment thing because there is no place to attach anything on the ring.

    ButterBall is a major cutie isn’t he? I think he kind of lost his voice when he was sick. He opens his mouth and nothing comes out.

  15. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    Forgot to say you cracked me up Lois!!

  16. Julie Shane
    Julie Shane says:

    Oh Deb! I had a kitten who “had no voice” and then when he finally figured it out… he sounded like a goat!!! Really. It was this horrible yet endearing swauking sound. He never did sound like a real cat. He lived to 21 years, so there was something alright about him… besides his “voice.”

  17. NY Bella
    NY Bella says:

    Love the bracelet! Love the kitties!!

  18. Asia
    Asia says:

    OMG, Deb they are beautiful and by that I mean the bracelets and the kittens, I never had a kitten before, my cat Tutti was already over 10 years old when I got her :D

  19. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    Danglies…found the little blue beads…finally.
    ButterBall’s butterball belly.

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  20. Asia
    Asia says:

    Too cute :D

  21. Lois D
    Lois D says:

    Is BB wearing jewelry? Oh, I love them both!

  22. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    Yea he’s wearing the little bracelet.

  23. Elis Mom
    Elis Mom says:

    Deb, the bracelets and the kitties are beautiful! The pics of Mousey and BB are adorable! You’ll need to invest in LOTS of frames!

  24. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    I totally missed out on all this gushing over the impossibly cute kitten pictures–of BOTH boys!!! but now I have to add to all the comments. Those 2 have GOT to be the cutest kittens ever!!! there must be a strong gene for the big, beautiful eyes!!! I don’t know how you can stand to walk away from them to get anything done! And I LOVE the bracelets!! Such Deb-style ingenuity!! :) Perfection!

  25. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    Thank you Becky.
    When Mousey was a baby he took up almost all of my mine. ButterBall has a mom. I can still get teary eyed looking at Mousey’s baby pictures though.

  26. Julie Shane
    Julie Shane says:

    TOO TOO cute!!! It looks like Mousey is more in love with BB than even the Mama kitties. BB is going to be *SO* spoiled! :)

  27. Peggy3
    Peggy3 says:

    Lovely design and colors. I too am weak at the knees when I see baby kitties and big kitties.
    I love the pic where Mousey is checking BB out thinking your my fuzzy little playmate now. :)

  28. Laud
    Laud says:

    I thought I’d already commented…hmm, senior moment here? Anyway, the bracelets are wonderful. I love, love, love the amazonite. It’s paired with dark brown? Perfect.

    Of course, the cats are great, too. Major cuteness.

  29. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    No senior moment Laud. Ive had at least 3 or 4 comments vanish into the void lately. Hmmmm….ever since you built the time machine and opened up that wormhole!!!
    Thank you Laud and Peggy and anyone else I forgot.

  30. Medieval Momma
    Medieval Momma says:

    Love, love, love your kittys! They are sooo cute! And the bracelets are pretty great too!

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