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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 »

Tiedye Butterfly Redo

About this design:

Well, this is the redo. Necklace with yellow beads vs. turquoise. I traded the berry colored lucite for tiedye swirl beads, and the yellow lucite for turquoise Czech glass. Pics of both versions are here to see. I really like the turquoise version. The toggle is still a bit of a problem, but easily remedied once I decide what to do with it!


Brass butterfly and flower blanks, patinas, Czech glass, tiedye swirl beads, brass toggle.

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  1. Elis Mom
    Elis Mom says:

    Oh yeah! The third pic is the contents of the beads in the mail shipment!

  2. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    What is Beads in the Mail??? I get confused everytime you say that.
    I like the yellow but maybe more turquoise…
    Your patina work is always excellent.

  3. Elis Mom
    Elis Mom says:

    Beads in the mail is a monthly bead club by Thed Beadin’ Path. They ship an assortment of beads at the beginning of the month for a small price. Warm/Frosty Springs were made w/beads in the mail.

    I was thinking more turquoise, too! I also have some dyed swirly beads that are similar to the tiedye colors.

    I like how the patina turned out…it was difficult working asll 4 pieces at once.

  4. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    I had asked that question before & went back to.find to had already answered it. Duh on me!! LOL!
    I used to be long to a gourmet food club like that. I guess its gone now…too bad it was really good. Thomas Garroway in England.

  5. Elis Mom
    Elis Mom says:

    I had thought I only purchased 1 month, but apparently it’s a revolving thing. That’s fine. Gives me something to look forward to!

  6. Medieval Momma
    Medieval Momma says:

    Super cute! Love the patina work.

  7. N Taylor
    N Taylor says:

    Redo if you like but, it is great just the way it is. I love the patinas and you do also. I think this metal paint is opening up a creative path in tons of beaders.

  8. Peggy3
    Peggy3 says:

    Very pretty! Send has the tie dye look :)

    Is that alcohol ink you used ? I have to try .
    Can antiques copper be colored w alcohol ink and patina?

    Sorry for all the questions

  9. Elis Mom
    Elis Mom says:


    Peggy, I use Vintaj patina solutions and glaze. You can color anything with it!

  10. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    Love your patina work! I just had a thought: what if you made the yellow bead part detachable so you could swap out different color strands as your mood wanted? Turquoise today, yellow tomorrow…. you get the idea. :)

  11. Elis Mom
    Elis Mom says:

    Becky! How are you?

    I totally get the idea…but I already redid. I like the new version so much better! I had other plans for those yellow beads anyway…

    Had to add pics of the kids!

  12. Beadzilla aka Wanda
    Beadzilla aka Wanda says:

    Very pretty! Love your patina work.

  13. Peggy3
    Peggy3 says:

    Thanks Susie

  14. Peggy3
    Peggy3 says:

    I forgot to add love the pics of the pups. Bottom pics looking like he’s smiling :) )

  15. Granny Nancy
    Granny Nancy says:

    I like the necklace either way. But I especially love the smiling pup! That’s adorable.

  16. Elis Mom
    Elis Mom says:

    He’s definately smiling!

  17. Elis Mom
    Elis Mom says:

    Thanks, Nancy! :)

  18. Laud
    Laud says:

    Love your patinas! The yellow beads are pretty, but I think a cooler color (mint, turquoise) would emphasize the patina pieces.

  19. N Taylor
    N Taylor says:

    If you haven’t please post the new design. Would love to see it.

  20. Elis Mom
    Elis Mom says:

    The new design is shown in the first two pictures and the old is the second two.

  21. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    Oh my gosh again at your dogs!!! Eli has such an adorable smile.

  22. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    Love this, Susie!! I do think after seeing the redo that I like the turquoise better but both were/are fabulous! And those pups are such cuddly things! :) Give them a little squeeze from me!! xoxoxo!

  23. Elis Mom
    Elis Mom says:

    Thanks guys! I had a few days off last week, and I spent them cuddling with the kids. E is a mommy’s boy for sure! Dix will cuddle up with anyone! She visits EVERYONE in the waitng room at the vet’s office and usually leaves with half a dozen new friends!

  24. N Taylor
    N Taylor says:

    Now I see it, both are nice. I like your most recent design also. But most of all love the happy dogs.

  25. Rachel-A
    Rachel-A says:

    Your patina work is so cool – you are very talented! I love the turquoise beads with the patinas the best but the yellow works well too. Thank you for sharing – this piece is gorgeous and inspiring.

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