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Winter Bird


About this design:

I saw this cute little bird on a branch pendant in Michaels and had to have it. I dog-sat for my neighbors & earned some money. I was lucky and when I went back it was ON SALE (for $1.99)....my 2 favorite words. I decided to buy the millefiori beads to go with it. (on sale also).

Components:

Metal bird pendant. Millefiori beads. Cream and red seed beads. Red bicones. Carved shell leaves. Cream glass bead. Shell tubes. Czech flowers. Brass jump rings, chain, head pins.

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  1. Granny Nancy
    Granny Nancy says:

    Aw, this is both pretty and cute. And how fortunate of for you to find some things you wanted on sale.

  2. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    Thanks Nancy. I think I spent all of $6.00 because I bought some wire also. The rest of the stuff was from my stash. But here’s the thing…I wont buy anything unless it’s On Sale. Number 1 rule!!

  3. JenniferLynn
    JenniferLynn says:

    I love it! Those carved shell beads add the right touch, oh so pretty! I love those clusters! Great design!

  4. Beadzilla aka Wanda
    Beadzilla aka Wanda says:

    I’ve never seen this pendant at Micheals, I love what you did with it. The Millefiori beads are perfect, and the seed bead chain awesome!

  5. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    This pendant is on a display of new items that apparently come in random shipments. There are a bunch of not so impressive charms & other misc. stuff. So when I went back I couldn’t find it…it was mixed in down at the bottom row.
    Thank you Wanda & Jennifer….the shell beads were a last minute idea. I’m glad you think they look good.

  6. Medieval Momma
    Medieval Momma says:

    Deb, this is so cute!

  7. 3peepers
    3peepers says:

    Deb, you are a woman after my own heart! ;) I LOVE bargains and sales…and I ruffle through the $1 bin all the time at Wally World…I mean I get down and dig through it! lol Usually all the good stuff is at the bottom! Awesome find at Michaels! Absolutely beautiful and cute for winter! I REALLY love the colors! Soooo cute! :)

  8. Beadaholic
    Beadaholic says:

    Dontcha just love to find bargains! It’s like Christmas when that happens. LOL This necklace is precious! Love the colors and all the elements of it….so interesting!

  9. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    Another $1 bin Walmart person!!!!! YES!!!! I think the carved shell leaves came from there. I’ve gotten several cute ceramic pendants there.
    Thank yoi MM, N4B &….I’m not even gonna try to.spell tjat on my tiny phone keyboard. I’m sure to.accidentally spell something bad…but thank yoi.

  10. 3peepers
    3peepers says:

    Deb, you can call me Jess! LOL Love your work and the keyboard stuff cracks me up….I have a tiny one on my phone too and am constantly spelling stuff wrong! ;)

  11. Blooming Ideas
    Blooming Ideas says:

    Millefiori never looked so good! Terrific sale pieces and a wonderfully designed necklace!

  12. Fresh Baked
    Fresh Baked says:

    I can see why you were so taken with this sweet bird! And a bargain to boot! Your necklace design is a perfect setting to show it off.

  13. Gail Layne
    Gail Layne says:

    Oh Deb! WOW! I absolutely freakin ADORE this!

  14. NY Bella
    NY Bella says:

    Wowza! This is an amazing piece! Love it! Kudos, Deb!

  15. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    Thank you so much Maria, Gail, Lynda, Terri, & Jess. And thanks again to everyone. I always appreciate your encouraging compliments. But they are especially good when I design with less expensive components. This little bird actually gave me a hard time too! The seed bead chain with the red clusters finally popped into my head. Then I found those carved shell beads in my stash and that *fixed* that side for me.

  16. 3peepers
    3peepers says:

    Deb, how did you get the carved shell beads on there? Did you just open the jumprings and put them on that? It is such a fabulous idea…might have to borrow it! :D Such an AWESOME necklace…I can’t quit looking at it! 8O

  17. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    The beads on the jump rings just some TOHO seed beads. And yes I just opened the jump ring up. You really have to have the right size jump ring to get the beads to stay on either side though. If the jump ring is too big they just slide all around. Plus the actual wire should be a larger guage. Vintaj jump rings are the best for this really.
    The carved shells are the leaves and the little cream tubes on the dangles.

  18. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    Oh and I’m prerty sure I got the seed bead chain idea from.either Heather Powers or Lorelei Eurto. They both use components in such unusual and inventive ways.

  19. CAS
    CAS says:

    Aaaaaawwwwww … wicked cute Deb! Great elements from the “stash” to go with an adorable pendant. I’m going to have to “steal” your seed bead chain too! :D

  20. 3peepers
    3peepers says:

    Thanks Deb! My mind warped when I was typing earlier…I meant the TOHO seed beads! ;)

  21. SquirrelGirl aka Angela
    SquirrelGirl aka Angela says:

    Wow, so much to look at on this necklace! What a great combination of elements and such a cute birdie focal. What a great find.

  22. Peggy3
    Peggy3 says:

    Awesome design

  23. Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick says:

    What a fantastic perch for your bird! It looks like the bird is sitting on a branch with red berries. Perfect winter design. :)

  24. B Witzel
    B Witzel says:

    Just love the snow bird w/the chain and leaves w/the flowers. Looks awesome. I too am a $1.00 bin shopper. And sales, you just got to love them.I seem to get more insperation from the $1.00 bin, then I get from some magazines.

  25. N Taylor
    N Taylor says:

    Delicate. You are the queen of delicate.

  26. Michelle
    Michelle says:

    Aaah, Deb, this is SO cute. I love everything about it, it’s just gorgeous ! Well done !!

  27. Gemme Designs
    Gemme Designs says:

    This is an enchanting piece, so lively!! It’s like it tells a story :D I love it, great match of all the beautiful elements and that pendant is so cute!!

  28. Asia
    Asia says:

    This has to be my favorite now, just proves that you don’t need a lot of money to make a beautiful piece :D

  29. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    WOW!! I’m overwhelmed with how much you like this little bird. Makes me glad I went back to get him and perservered when I could at first find him. And then stubbornly kept arranging beads and looking through boxes for other things to match. Thanks so much everyone for all the love!!

  30. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    Bah…”couldn’t” at first find him.

  31. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    My comment seems to have evaporated. No worries, looks like everyone else covered everything for me. :) LOVE your creativity and your exquisite bargain hunting skills!

  32. Laud
    Laud says:

    Don’t know what to say besides “Attagirl!” It’s perfect.

  33. Eeka Mouse
    Eeka Mouse says:

    Love this! You have a great eye for putting things together into delightful results.

  34. A Little Pizzaz aka Judy
    A Little Pizzaz aka Judy says:

    This is just so lovely. I love the little bird and the way you balance out your necklace with colors and it all flows beautifully. Wonderful!

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