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    Robert J on “copper blue”:
    “and the last one. …” read »

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    Robert J on “copper blue”:
    “got the antiquing done and some size reference pics. as always 5thew antiquing looks darker…” read »

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    S KatollakaSue on “Fish on”:
    “Your fish is wonderful! I really like the combination of the hefty dark chain, the abalone…” read »

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    S KatollakaSue on “Pretty in rustic pink”:
    “Love the dark chain with the gorgeous pink opal!…” read »

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    S KatollakaSue on “copper blue”:
    “What an interesting piece! The three views are so different that it almost looks like a…” read »

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    A Groundwater on “Starfish with Love”:
    “Love this. I can never tire of this type of bracelet! :) …” read »

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    A Groundwater on “💜Moonstone💜”:
    “Thanks so much, everyone! You are all so lovely and sweet :) The grey…” read »

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    T thornton on “Labradorite Mist Dragon”:
    “Love the Misty look. Like a lake in Scotland.I love the thought you put into it.…” read »

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    T thornton on “Spring Birds”:
    “I am in love with these. Couldn't be any more perfect. Your an amazing artist. Keep…” read »

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    Robert J on “odalisque”:
    “you really should try something of the sort, just take it a step at a…” read »

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    Fresh Baked on “Easy Does It”:
    “A modern, simple, and effective way to show off a beautiful bead or stone!…” read »

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    Fresh Baked on “Beaded Hairpins”:
    “Great to share this time of year with proms and weddings!…” read »

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    kye on “Finally”:
    “I wondered what you were going to do with that beautiful focal. You certainly did it…” read »

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    Maggies Mom on “Spiral Dance”:
    “Another gorgeous work of art!…” read »

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    Maggies Mom on “odalisque”:
    “I can't imagine even attempting this! Intricate, ornate, gorgeous, beautifully done!!!!…” read »

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    Maggies Mom on “Finally”:
    “Love it!…” read »

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    Robert J on “whirlpool”:
    “Thank you all for the complements. Sophiebug I don't try to see the holes when I'm…” read »

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    Robert J on “Spiral Dance”:
    “Good, I am glad it is helpful. remember to not over twist the square wire…” read »

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    Crystal Canary on “Patina Queen”:
    “RockyD, just saw your note...the leaves are from Lima--#42368--but they are out of stock right now.…” read »

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    Robert J on “odalisque”:
    “no, each step really is simple. there are only so many ways one can…” read »

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    kye on “whirlpool”:
    “Beautiful! Love the gradated pearls inside the spiral. Such a nice touch.…” read »

  • Rocky D
    Rocky D on “Patina Queen”:
    “Were did the leaves come from. If you don't mind me asking?…” read »

  • Sophiebug
    Sophiebug on “whirlpool”:
    “More "ooh" and "ahh"! Forget about finding needles to accommodate those seed beads-my eyes would not…” read »

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    Crystal Canary on “Beaded Hairpins”:
    “Nice idea. Really like the ones with the red pearls--they have a oriental touch to…” read »

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    Crystal Canary on “Easy Does It”:
    “Sometimes simplicity has a lot to say! You could create a hold variety of pieces,…” read »

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    Sophiebug on “Spiral Dance”:
    “Again, just wow! I'm going to try the spiral-love the look of it!…” read »

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    Sophiebug on “odalisque”:
    “Wow, this is so gorgeously intricate. And there's no earthly way I could ever come close…” read »

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    Sophiebug on “Finally”:
    “This is beautiful, especially the PC focal. Love the colors!…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Finally”:
    “I just love that you made so many of the components. I especially like all…” read »

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    Crystal Canary on “odalisque”:
    “Robert, you are so funny, I'm chuckling now...surely not simple. Beautiful design with such intricate…” read »

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    Crystal Canary on “Spiral Dance”:
    “The square/spiral wire combo holding the cab is amazing! Including the instructions really helps all…” read »

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    Crystal Canary on “whirlpool”:
    “Robert, this is so beautiful! I really like the pearls and tiny seed beads wrapped…” read »

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    Crystal Canary on “Spring Birds”:
    “All of YOUR support is a tremendous comfort. Sometimes we can feel so alone in…” read »

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    Crystal Canary on “Spotted Necklace”:
    “OK....this is totally the look I'm trying to achieve, but sadly never do! I'm in…” read »

  • Annabel
    Annabel on “Finally”:
    “Love the focal. Gorgeous bracelet. I really like the multi-strand components. Just lovely.…” read »

  • C Ferguson aka Annie
    C Ferguson aka Annie on “Finally”:
    “I loved the dandelion focal when you showed it previously, but seeing it in the finished…” read »

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    C Ferguson aka Annie on “odalisque”:
    “Another beautiful design. :) …” read »

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    C Ferguson aka Annie on “Spiral Dance”:
    “Beautiful. Thank you for sharing your process.…” read »

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    C Ferguson aka Annie on “whirlpool”:
    “Wow Robert. This is a gorgeous design and the workmanship is excellent. Into my…” read »

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    C Ferguson aka Annie on “3 Kumihimo”:
    “These are all beautiful Moogie. I didn't realize you could do kumihimo with larger beads…” read »


About this design:

Well after returning from a wonderful trip through some of the small towns of Wisconsin enjoying the eye pleasing fall foliage, I decided I wanted to try reproducing those sunlit oranges, reds, and golds with translucent poly clay. Make some leaf buttons. First baking went just fine. After applying the alcohol ink glazes, they needed a second baking and this is where I just went off and forgot to set the timer. Oops! They got a bit burnt around some of the edges. But, on second thought, I kinda liked the look, so I went ahead and sprayed them with Permalac. We'll see if they get used or not.


PC, alcohol inks, liquid polymer clay, Permalac.

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  1. Asia
    Asia says:

    I love the burned edges, Lynda, they look even more authentic this way :D

  2. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    Serendipity! Lovely colors!

  3. Elis Mom
    Elis Mom says:

    Love love love! The burnt edges are perfect!

  4. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    I 4th the love for the burnt edges. Definitely more authentic looking
    And translucent clay is very cool…I want some!

  5. ShadyGlade Girl
    ShadyGlade Girl says:

    This is so fun! Such lovely colors and the burnt edges are genius!

  6. Fresh Baked
    Fresh Baked says:

    Thanks for the feedback, ladies. So now, I guess, I have to figure out just how to make this accident happen “on purpose” !!!

  7. Beadzilla aka Wanda
    Beadzilla aka Wanda says:

    You really captured the leaves in the picture with these. Love the burnt edges!

  8. Peggy3
    Peggy3 says:

    these are awesome. I too love the brunt edges, adds to the beauty

  9. nuts4beads
    nuts4beads says:

    The leaves are just beautiful, love, love the burnt edges.
    As a Wisconsin resident, I am glad you enjoyed your trip through my state for the fall colors.
    Lovely photo of the fall foliage.

  10. KatsAllThat
    KatsAllThat says:

    Beautiful mistake…sometimes those turn out to be the best.

  11. NY Bella
    NY Bella says:

    These are fabulous! Love the burnt edges!

  12. Nata S
    Nata S says:

    I think they are simply perfect! Oopsie, leafsie! :)

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    JC Hamm says:

    These are soooo perfect, I love them and the burned edges are right on. I have a sweater my mom made me , and those would be perfect.I love your creativity!!!!!!

  14. Lynn g
    Lynn g says:

    They are so cool, I like the opps part, I am from Wisconsin also maybe you passed though here? I will say are trees are beautiful :)

  15. Nafri aka Nanci
    Nafri aka Nanci says:

    These leaves are truly tree-mendous! Burnt, smernt. Isn’t this just how you meant them to be? They look like carved carnelian. Very cool. Can’t wait to see what you create with them :)

  16. Fresh Baked
    Fresh Baked says:

    We loved our meanderings through Wisconsin! Port Washington, Cedarburg, Elkhart Lake, Point Stevens, over to Baraboo, Devil’s Lake (where the photo was taken) Madison, New Glarus, plus a few more.
    I don’t do needlework, but I was experimenting with the idea of making some buttons to show the owner of a local yarn shop. To sell in the shop or maybe teach a button making class?? I think I’d have to perfect my baking skills a bit for that last idea !

  17. Honeybunni
    Honeybunni says:

    I agree, the burnt edges give them a real leaf look! They’re so pretty…

  18. Shadowcat
    Shadowcat says:

    I too love your burnt beads/buttons. I am from Madison, Wisconsin and I miss the fall colors of the Maple trees. I moved to Arkansas 3 years ago where everything is cheaper and no longer have to shovel 18.2 inches of snow. We have fall colors but we have 21 acres of white oaks but the Maples are much prettier. Please post more of your beads that you make. Thanks for sharing.

  19. Amberly R
    Amberly R says:

    Love these! I agree with everyone else, the burnt edges make them look more real!

  20. peachybaublesnbeads
    peachybaublesnbeads says:

    love the burnt edges, the colors are beautiful!

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