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  • T thornton
    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 »

  • Fresh Baked
    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 »

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

  • Maggies Mom
    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 »

  • Crystal Canary
    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 »

  • kye
    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 »

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

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

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

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

  • Sophiebug
    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 »

  • Crystal Canary
    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 »

  • Crystal Canary
    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 »

  • C Ferguson aka Annie
    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 »

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

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

  • kye
    kye on “Spotted Necklace”:
    “I agree-wow! This is a wonderful necklace. I like how the patterned silk ties in with…” read »

  • Michelle
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    S KatollakaSue on “Beaded Hairpins”:
    “Just the thing to finish off a lovely outfit!…” read »

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    S KatollakaSue on “Easy Does It”:
    “Wonderful, simple everyday piece! Could be some lucky buyer's signature piece!…” read »

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    S KatollakaSue on “whirlpool”:
    “Wow! Copper, pearls, tiny seeds - what's not to love? A fave!…” read »

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    Robert J on “whirlpool”:
    “20/0 seed beads are antiques, mine were made in the 1800's. Greasy is the…” read »

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    Robert J on “odalisque”:
    “I'd never before been even the slightest bit worried, and then recently I was on…” read »

Raven Haven

About this design:

I got so excited when I saw this pendant that I forgot to look at the measurements. I've never done anything with this large of a pendant before, plus it's really heavy! The stones almost jumped on the board by themselves, but I fiddled with the chain forever. I didn't want it too loopy as that looked a bit too Victorian. But when I had it too snug you couldn't even see the chain. I originally had the raven on a bail but decided that I liked the necklace by itself and wanted to be able to remove it if I wanted to wear the necklace solo. I am rather short and small so I've never felt I could carry off a really large piece of jewelry so I attempted to mitigate the size of the pendent by not adding too much bulk while still trying to balance the size. What do you think? Did I do it justice? The pendant is hand carved out of one piece of jasper and the raven is handpainted. It's rather impressive really. I originally made this for my costume (Gypsy Queen) but I seem to have grown fond of it...,.


Labradorite, Blackstone, Brown Zebra Jasper, Golden Feldspar, Matte Black Rollo Chain, Black Clasp, Hand Carved Jasper Pendant

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  1. Granny Nancy
    Granny Nancy says:

    Wow! This is gorgeous. I love the pendant and the chain and beads you chose to put with it are just PERFECT! What is the actual length of the necklace? I think you were wise to be able to take the pendant off if you wanted. You have a slam dunk here!

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

    Beautiful and different. Love the idea that the pendant can be removed so that you more or less have 2 different necklaces! Great job!

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    Beadaholic1 says:

    What a neat necklace, and that raven is perfect for Halloween. I too, like the removable idea. Great job!

  4. Crazy Beader
    Crazy Beader says:

    Great pendant, and the way you added the chain works perfectly, Gail ! Have a very Happy Halloween – - -

  5. Gail Layne
    Gail Layne says:

    Thanks ladies! I forgot to mention, in my long winded spiel, that I used tiny black jump rings as spacers around the wavy black beads. Because of how they’re drilled you could see beading wire and not even the tiniest ridged spacer hide it. The only other option was to thread a tiny chain onto the wire which I tried but the jump rings actually looked better!

    Nancy, The necklace without the pendent is 17″ and sits on the collarbone. The pendant sits on the breastbone. I couldn’t make it too long or I’d knock myself out when I bent over! :-)

  6. Gail Layne
    Gail Layne says:

    *rigid* spacer! Sheesh..

    My keyboard is possessed! Happy Halloween!

  7. Laud
    Laud says:

    Spectacular! The stones are so pretty, but the pendant definitely steals the show. I agree with you about long necklaces. I shoot for around 19″ with pendant because I don’t want a necklace bouncing on my belly.

  8. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    I think this is FANTASTIC! You just totally nailed the look and gave that raven the perfect components as dressing!! LOVE it!!!!

  9. Beadzilla aka Wanda
    Beadzilla aka Wanda says:

    Beautiful colors and texture to compliment the pendant! Love it!

  10. KatsAllThat
    KatsAllThat says:

    Couldn’t be better…that pendant is just too unique.

  11. SquirrelGirl aka Angela
    SquirrelGirl aka Angela says:

    This is a really gorgeous necklace Gail! I love the earthy stones with the black. I had to laugh at your comment about making it shorter so you don’t knock yourself out when you bend over. Too funny! :)

  12. celticivy
    celticivy says:

    This looks soooo well put together and the colors fit it perfectly! I really like it.

  13. JenniferLynn
    JenniferLynn says:

    WOWZA!! That pendant is absolutely gorgeous! Those beads you selected are just right! Wow! What an attention getter! I’d keep this for myself if I was you, the compliments you get would be endless!

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