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Abstract Butterfly


About this design:

As so often happens for me, I had an idea with a lot of potential. It was a different take on a cuff bracelet using more free form shapes inside the frame. Got it all worked out, textured the wire, formed it around the mandrel, stopped to check it out and discovered I had put all of the texture on the inside. Easy enough to fix, right?

I was busily straigntening everything out but the center got so out of shape I was left wondering how I was going to salvage the bracelet. I put it down and walked away while I considered my options: Take it apart, see if I could hammer the wire back into the shape I wanted, junk the whole idea.

When I looked at it a few hours later I discovered my messed up shape had become an abstract butterfly. The cuff bracelet had been saved but it had morphed into a new shape.

This is a photo of the results which definitely is not a bracelet. I guess you could call it a very wide pendant..?

Components:

14 and 24 gauge copper wire, agate, seed beads and other small beads

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Read the comments (or add your own)

  1. Ams
    Ams says:

    You can call it awesome. A lovely accident

  2. Laud
    Laud says:

    Call it a pectoral and pretend it’s from ancient Egypt! Love the way you arranged the stones.

  3. foxhill designs vt
    foxhill designs vt says:

    Love it!!!

  4. Beadzilla aka Wanda
    Beadzilla aka Wanda says:

    What a fantastic beaded wire focal you have created. I think the leather is a beautiful finishing touch, to a gorgeous piece!

  5. Elis Mom
    Elis Mom says:

    Beautiful!

  6. Gail Layne
    Gail Layne says:

    It’s cool!! It reminds me of the intricate collar necklaces you see in magazines.

  7. Granny Nancy
    Granny Nancy says:

    Whatever it is, its lovely.

  8. D Foltz
    D Foltz says:

    Oftentimes our “mistakes” turn out yo be a treasure instead. Lovely.

  9. franny
    franny says:

    very beautiful, a ‘happy’ mistake!…lovely bead combo with the copper….you could even wear it quite high, like resting on your collar bones

  10. Beadaholic
    Beadaholic says:

    Sometimes artistic “accidents” turn out to be treasures! I love this piece…the copper is lovely, and the leather is the perfect complement.

  11. Fresh Baked
    Fresh Baked says:

    However this piece started life, you’ve created something really wonderful, Nancy. Someone is going to snap this beauty up in a hurry!

  12. Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick says:

    Thanks for all of the compliments and comments everyone. It is a lovely way to start the day and goes very well with blueberries and shredded oat cereal. :D

  13. Beadlady3 aka Cindy
    Beadlady3 aka Cindy says:

    Happy accidents! Love those. This turned out to be a fantastic wide pendant!

  14. Chicky Zee aka Alice
    Chicky Zee aka Alice says:

    Lovely!

  15. Crazy Beader
    Crazy Beader says:

    This is one fabulous accident ! Love the result and your wire work is just wonderful – - -

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    JC Hamm says:

    I do truely love all your wire work, and this is no exception. Awesome!
    :)

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    Jewelrybyirina says:

    Gorgeous!!!

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