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  • 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
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  • 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”:
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  • Maggies Mom
    Maggies Mom on “Owl's Nest”:
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  • 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
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  • dolllady aka Pam
    dolllady aka Pam on “Owl's Nest”:
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  • Fresh Baked
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    Kerrycasey1956 on “Paint Drops”:
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  • Sophiebug
    Sophiebug on “All wrapped up...”:
    “I bow to your superior skills with wire! This is stunning, just so unique! Lots to…” read »

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    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”:
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  • 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 »

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    “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
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  • Moogie
    Moogie on “Earthy Mix”:
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  • 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”:
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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”:
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  • Beadaholic1
    Beadaholic1 on “Bronze Beauty”:
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Bluebird of Happiness


About this design:

This is the piece that corresponds to my Pick of the same name, and uses my little polymer birdie. =^__^=

I handforged the circles using 12 Gauge Copper Wire, ran the Artisan Copper blank through the BigKick and punched three holes, then sanded the back of the holes to make them smooth and Patinated the piece using Vintaj Patinas in a mix of Verdigris, Marble, and Jade. I then dapped it using my dapping block for a domed appearance. I also made the oval JumpRings holding the connector and the Headpin using 16 Gauge Artisan Copper Wire. I am really pleased with how this one came out.

Components:

Blue/Teal Sari Silk, SAKI Bronze Cones, Rough faceted Aquamarine Nuggets, Amazonite Rounds, Toho or Miyuki Seedbeeds in Blackberry, Swarovski Crystals, 12 Gauge Copper Wire, 16, 20, and 24 Gauge Vintaj Artisan Copper Parawire, Vintaj Artisan Copper Blank, Acorn Bead Caps, and Teensy Leaf Charm, Solid Copper Oval Chain, Vintaj Patina, Blue Chalcedony Lightly Faceted Briolette, Handmade (by me)Polymer Birdie

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Read the comments (or add your own)

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

    This is an amazing piece – it has an ethereal glow to it – beautiful. You should indeed be pleased.

  2. Ginger Gem Crafts Kerry
    Ginger Gem Crafts Kerry says:

    This is gorgeous. I love the colors, they are so serene, and the difference with the ribbon on one side and the beads on the other is beautiful and makes it stand out wonderfully.

  3. Fatima
    Fatima says:

    very beautiful…

  4. Crazy Beader
    Crazy Beader says:

    What an enormous amount of effort this must have taken – - clearly you love to do it because the end result is simply stunning ! Love all of the elements, especially the ones you made.

  5. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    Lovely…your little PC bird is so delicate looking and I like the bird connector. Gorgeous color.

  6. Gail Layne
    Gail Layne says:

    It all came together wonderfully! You should be pleased!

  7. Beadzilla aka Wanda
    Beadzilla aka Wanda says:

    Love the way this whole piece turned out! So pretty!

  8. Asia
    Asia says:

    Loving the whole thing :D

  9. Granny Nancy
    Granny Nancy says:

    What a beautiful necklace and blue bird. I love blue birds. I’ve often wondered how you attach the sari so that it doesn’t come off. The aquamarine nuggets are awesome. Its all awesome. I’m sure you are VERY proud and you should be.

  10. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    Sonja this is wonderful! Your metalworking skills are excellent and the entire design is exquisite!

  11. DayLily aka Del
    DayLily aka Del says:

    Love this. Big fan of amonzonite.

  12. daisymae
    daisymae says:

    This is beautiful! The blues are fabulous and the design is gorgeous! Love your little bird too! :D

  13. SquirrelGirl aka Angela
    SquirrelGirl aka Angela says:

    I love this piece Sonja! All your hard work really paid off with a truly exquisite piece. I want that little PC birdie, he’s too adorable!

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    Janet Miriam says:

    Love all the elements and how you arranged them to make such a beautiful necklace!

  15. Sonja J
    Sonja J says:

    Thank you so much, everyone! I appreciate the support and encouragement, it really makes my day! After hearing so much positive from everyone here about my birdie necklace, I put her up on my Etsy tonight-despite the fact that I really want to take better pictures of her. Oh well, I can always change the pictures later! =^___^=

  16. Sonja J
    Sonja J says:

    This piece just got selected to be in the July 1st issue of Jewelry Affaire magazine! I’m so excited I might burst-I’ve never been published before, and this was my first time submitting anything to a magazine! I have to write a little how-to and descriptive article by March 7, and I will receive a free copy of the magazine when it comes out. I just HAD to share my excitement with all the wonderful people on here who always encourage me and make my days brighter! =^_____^=

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