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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 »

Maroon Sun

About this design:

When I put the mookaite and sunstone chips I had together on my bead mat. The maroon colored mookaite seemed to pick up the little bits of copper shimmer in the sunstone. So I began working around those two stones.


Mookaite, faceted coin puffs, Imperial Jasper rondelle, Sunstone rough cut chips, Multi Gemstone is the yellow faceted rounds, handmade copper spacers, copper spacers, beads, chain, jump rings and clasp.

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    Beadaholic1 says:

    Very pretty design…..I like the copper with these colors, and there’s alot of interest in the piece!

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    Mary - Sweet Chick says:

    Beautiful, Wanda! Love, love this color combination!

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    T Bryant says:

    Really like this!

  4. Nancy Mc
    Nancy Mc says:

    Gorgeous..just gorgeous! The colors play off of one another. I could eat Sunstone for breakfast, Isn’t it the BEST stone? Copper was the perfect metal choice for this one.
    Oh..and the coins are oh la la. ;)

  5. Asia
    Asia says:

    I would never think of Mookaite and Sunstone together but it looks fantastic, so much interest in this one, loving the copper :D

  6. Fresh Baked
    Fresh Baked says:

    Lovely combination! And the bits of chain are fabulous additions.

  7. Elis Mom
    Elis Mom says:

    I love the combo of sunstone and mookite. The chain ties everything together perfectly!

  8. Beadzilla aka Wanda
    Beadzilla aka Wanda says:

    Thank you everyone for your kind words. You make it easy to actually join in on the design gallery. :) I tried other thing around the stones at first, but then decided on the chain to make it flow more with the rough cut sunstone. For a more rugged look like the chips.

  9. Beadzilla aka Wanda
    Beadzilla aka Wanda says:

    Ooops sorry forgot to say. Yes Nancy Mc, sunstone gems are awesome. These ones are fantastic to hold and roll around, to let the light catch the bits of coppery bling in them. Similar to someone brushing them with some perfect pearls pigment powder. :)

  10. Nancy Mc
    Nancy Mc says:

    Wanda..I agree with you. I think they’re almost mystical to look at. When the sun hits! ;)

  11. Granny Nancy
    Granny Nancy says:

    I’m getting so I just adore copper – never did before. I guess that’s one of the good things about getting old. Your tastes change and I think for the better. I try to keep up with some new things especially jewelry and this one is really special. Everybody has had so much good to say and I second it all.

  12. celticivy
    celticivy says:

    Love the colors and love Sunstones!!!! This turned out really really well!

  13. Laud
    Laud says:

    How clever of you to put those stones together! They really complement each other. Love the copper chain, too.

  14. Beadzilla aka Wanda
    Beadzilla aka Wanda says:

    Thank you Nancy, celticivy and Laud for your wonderful comments! :-D

  15. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    Congrats on your necklace being featured on the home page!!! Its really pretty, gorgeous color. Love the chip stacks especially.

  16. N Taylor
    N Taylor says:

    Wanda, what a warm and wonderful necklace. Every inch of this piece brings out my respect for you and your work.

  17. Beadzilla aka Wanda
    Beadzilla aka Wanda says:

    Thank you Deb and NT!

    Deb those chips are just so gorgeous! I love the rugged look to rough cut stones, but these ones were amazing with that copper shimmer in them.

    N Taylor if you don’t tell us your name soon, I’m going to start calling you ummm, Noreena cause I love that stone! Just kidding! :-)

  18. Crazy Beader
    Crazy Beader says:

    Always love mookaite and you have created a stunning necklace with it, Wanda. Agree with everyone else that the copper is just perfect here – - -

  19. Beadzilla aka Wanda
    Beadzilla aka Wanda says:

    Thank you Paula! I appreciate your kind words. :-)
    I just love mookaite also, it’s so gorgeous!

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    Ed C says:

    The combination of different shapes, different materials and dufferent colors makes thisaquite interesting necklace. Good Job!

  21. Elis Mom
    Elis Mom says:

    I think Noreena is a beautiful name!

  22. Beadzilla aka Wanda
    Beadzilla aka Wanda says:

    Thanks Ed and Susie!

  23. Michelle
    Michelle says:

    This is lovely, I love how the copper picks up the pinks in the colouring, very lovely!

  24. Beadzilla aka Wanda
    Beadzilla aka Wanda says:

    Thanks Michelle! :)

  25. Julie Shane
    Julie Shane says:

    SO pretty! Mookaite can be difficult to work with. The stone fight for dominance. The sunstone takes care of that!!! Everyone balaqnces nicely. I like the addition of the chain in the center and the dangles. Just for a bit of detail. :)

  26. Beadzilla aka Wanda
    Beadzilla aka Wanda says:

    Thank you Julie! I love Mookaite! But you hit it right on the money there, when you said it can be hard to work with. :)

  27. Old Beaded Lady Chris
    Old Beaded Lady Chris says:

    What a stunning necklace with the Mookaite and the Sunstone beads. Love the color combo with your choice of the copper chain to pick up on those colors. Very nice indeed Beadzilla aka
    Wanda. Very nice.

  28. Beadzilla aka Wanda
    Beadzilla aka Wanda says:

    Thank you Old Beaded Lady!!

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