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Botswana Song


About this design:

I finally decided what I was going to do with the Botswana agate tube beads I bought from Lima over a year ago! This is my first extensively wirework pieces, so I wanted to keep it simple. Was inspired by a new sweater (photographed with) and some ideas out of a couple books. The colors and banding of the agate go so well with the sweater's character! I even made the clasp (hook and jump ring).

Components:

wire, Botswana Agate,

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Read the comments (or add your own)

  1. Gail Layne
    Gail Layne says:

    Oh wow! I love your twisty connectors ! They really draw attention to the gorgeous stones (which are perfect for your sweater!) Did you make them on a jig?

  2. Granny Nancy
    Granny Nancy says:

    I’m in awe of you gals you can design such lovely findings with your wire. I want to see an answer about the jig – of course, I don’t even know what it is :) .

    But this piece is lovely and I can understand the outcome of the design when seeing it on the sweather. So very pretty.

  3. Beadaholic
    Beadaholic says:

    Very pretty, and wonderful wirework…I wish I was as good at it!

  4. JenniferLynn
    JenniferLynn says:

    I love the necklace, I like the fact that the necklace blends so well w/the sweater and doesn’t match it exactly! I wish I could make my own clasps. Ah! The money I would save!

  5. Asia
    Asia says:

    Simple was good for those beads :D

  6. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    Fabulous design and beautiful wirework!

  7. Simply Adorned Jewelry
    Simply Adorned Jewelry says:

    Yes, I used a jig for the wire-only links, and did the wire-wrapped links with the beads by hand with pliers. I bought the jig about a year ago and felt really defeated the first couple of times I used it, so gave up and didn’t risk wirework again until the last month or so. The interesting thing about the wire links is the technique used gives you two loops on one end to attach the next link, each opening the opposite way, so even if your link did come out of one, it would stay attached to your necklace by the other. I learned the clasp (credit where it’s due, right?) from a great step-by-step technique page on FusionBeads.com. The wire links were inspired out of a book. Thanks everybody for their comments!

  8. Gail Layne
    Gail Layne says:

    Oh wow! I didn’t notice the double loops until you pointed them out. What a fabulous idea! You certainly did a fantastic job on all the wire work!

  9. Simply Adorned Jewelry
    Simply Adorned Jewelry says:

    Heh…thanks, Gail. I was really anxious about the wirework. Wire and I usually don’t get along.

  10. Beadzilla aka Wanda
    Beadzilla aka Wanda says:

    Love the wire work, and those stones look fabulous! Great piece!

  11. Chicky Zee aka Alice
    Chicky Zee aka Alice says:

    Lovely!

  12. SquirrelGirl aka Angela
    SquirrelGirl aka Angela says:

    What a lovely piece! I like that your design lets the beautiful stones speak for themselves. Your wirework is splendid!

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