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    S KatollakaSue on “Owl's Nest”:
    “It's a really beautiful piece. Love the colors and components, and am severely envious of your…” read »

  • Medieval Momma
    Medieval Momma on “Owl's Nest”:
    “I love that owl bar too! The beads you put with it are perfect!…” read »

  • 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 »

Down to Earth

About this design:

Well, I finally completed a fall piece but it seems I was exceptionally accident prone while assembling this. First I dropped the whole thing while checking the drape. Then I used some really pretty crimp tubes which promptly let go when I picked it up. After that I forgot to put the chain on and well, you get the picture....


Dragon's Blood coin,Carnelian Nuggets, Turritella Agate, Black Lace Agate, Brecciated Jasper, Picture Jasper, Rhyolite, Rainforest Marble, Brass chain, beads and leaves, brass plated bead caps and clasp.

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  1. SquirrelGirl aka Angela
    SquirrelGirl aka Angela says:

    It’s gorgeous Gail! What a lovely array of colors. Perfect for Fall!

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    Beadaholic1 says:

    I am Ooooo-ing and Ahhhhh-ing! This is fantastic!! I love the colors, and that dragon’s blood focal with the leaves is so perfect. I would wear this in a heartbeat!

  3. Granny Nancy
    Granny Nancy says:

    This is so lovely Gail. And as I read about your mishaps it reminded me of some of mine. But you’ve created another wonderful piece of art. The colors are perfection.

  4. KatsAllThat
    KatsAllThat says:

    Just love the earthy quality of this piece.

  5. Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick says:

    Everything that could go wrong did…. Been there done that more times than I care to acknowledge. Glad you persisted cause it turned out great. Love the design and the colors are some of my favorites. :D

  6. Gail Layne
    Gail Layne says:

    Thanks everyone, you all made my day! I think the jinx on this piece is ongoing. I posted it using my laptop and everything looked fine. When I came back on with my iPad the colors look horrible! There is an awful mustard yellow cast to everything when looking at it on my iPad that really isn’t there at all! I hope it’s just my particular IPad and no one else is getting those colors!

  7. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    What a choice array of delicious colors!!! Love it!! Now don’t trip wearing it. :)

  8. Asia
    Asia says:

    Gorgeous colors, perfect for fall, LOL Becky ;) :D

  9. Beadzilla aka Wanda
    Beadzilla aka Wanda says:

    This is absolutely gorgeous, Gail! Love all the different gems in it, and your placement of them. Fabulous fall piece!

  10. franny
    franny says:

    this is such a pretty mix of stones…i love what you’ve accomplished despite all those mishaps!

  11. Gail Layne
    Gail Layne says:

    Lol Becky! You know, that very same thing popped into my head! It might be a good idea to wait a while before I wear it..

  12. Crazy Beader
    Crazy Beader says:

    Very pretty, Gail – - but do be careful wearing it ! (Know exactly what you mean about some projects being full of silly mishaps – - -)

  13. daisymae
    daisymae says:

    Gail, this is absolutely gorgeous! I feel your pain…I have definitely had beading days like that! My last few..well…I understand COMPLETELY! Enjoy it and be careful! ;)
    Becky, you are too funny…

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    Mary - Sweet Chick says:

    Love, LOVE this Gail!
    Sorry it was a such a bugger to accomplish. But you know, it’s a somewhat of a comfort to know that others have been there……AND I HAVE! :|
    The aggravation was worth the outcome in this case.
    Well done!

  15. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    I saw this yesterday and couldn’t comment at the time. Remember thinking “that’s pretty”. So today I get to click on the close-up photos…my gosh those are some grogeous beads/stones!! Just amazing colors!! That is a beautifully designed necklace.

    Sorry to hear about all the little jinxes. Boy could I tell some tales.

  16. NY Bella
    NY Bella says:

    Beautiful combo of colors! Fab Fall necklace!

  17. Gail Layne
    Gail Layne says:

    Thank you all sooo much! I been feeling like I’ve been in a slump lately so your positive comments really are appreciated!!

  18. Laud
    Laud says:

    Lovely–well worth all that trouble! (There are pieces that just refuse to go together. Either the crimps let go or you see you’ve missed a bead too late or… It can be maddening.) Hang in there. You’re doing great.

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

    Beautiful colors (my fav), love the style. Great selection of beads.

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