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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!

Components:

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

Additional Images:



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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:

    Thanks!

    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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