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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 »

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

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    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 »

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    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 »

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

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    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 »

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.


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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  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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