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    wellsdalakaJulie on “River Stones”:
    “This looks so peaceful and lovely, with all the elements in perfect balance.…” read »

  • Medieval Momma
    Medieval Momma on “River Stones”:
    “The stones are gorgeous whatever name they go by! I like your choice of smokey quartz…” read »

  • dolllady aka Pam
    dolllady aka Pam on “Circles with a Sharpie”:
    “Thank you LRC! I am anxious to try out your instructions. They are…” read »

  • Mahala RockChick
    Mahala RockChick on “River Stones”:
    “Yes, I believe it is the same stone, just a different name.…” read »

  • Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick on “Circles with a Sharpie”:
    “Well rats! I goofed setting this whole thing up. That's what happens when you…” read »

  • dolllady aka Pam
    dolllady aka Pam on “River Stones”:
    “Love the soft muted colors! It looks like the pendant and the Wild Horse Jasper…” read »

  • C Ferguson aka Annie
    C Ferguson aka Annie on “Tiger Eye”:
    “Wow! This is wonderful. Love these necklaces and tiger eye is a favourite of…” read »

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    C Ferguson aka Annie on “Fall?”:
    “I too love the bracelets you keep coming up with - you definitely have a wonderful…” read »

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    C Ferguson aka Annie on “Here Comes The Sun”:
    “I love the soft muted colours - so serene and relaxing. Beautiful design!…” read »

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    Maggies Mom on “I took a Class”:
    “Amazing! Can't believe this is your first time weaving! I am very impressed!…” read »

  • C Ferguson aka Annie
    C Ferguson aka Annie on “Fall Tones”:
    “I love this colour mixture and the design is so appealing - very nice.…” read »

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    C Ferguson aka Annie on “Turtle Beach”:
    “Ooooh - this is so cool and I love it all especially the turtles. :) …” read »

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    C Ferguson aka Annie on “River Stones”:
    “This is gorgeous - love the stones - love the design. Fantastic!…” read »

  • dolllady aka Pam
    dolllady aka Pam on “Turtle Beach”:
    “Beautiful Gail! I agree the turtles are such a cute addition.…” read »

  • C Ferguson aka Annie
    C Ferguson aka Annie on “Gifted”:
    “Thank you - still lots of wood beads left to play with.…” read »

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    C Ferguson aka Annie on “I took a Class”:
    “Thanks ladies. It was fun, but intense. Kept repeating the mantra: single up…” read »

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    puppychick labratbecky on “Here Comes The Sun”:
    “Gorgeous stone combo! And what a cute 'lil furry critter!…” read »

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    Medieval Momma on “Turtle Beach”:
    “Gorgeous!…” read »

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    puppychick labratbecky on “Fall?”:
    “Yummy components and beads! I love your style and aesthetic!!!!!!!…” read »

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    puppychick labratbecky on “I took a Class”:
    “Love the weaving! Must have been a blast! :) …” read »

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    puppychick labratbecky on “Turtle Beach”:
    “IMHO more is more! I love it either way but I am partial to extra details…” read »

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    sweetjane on “Fall?”:
    “Thanks to everyone for their lovely comments! This was certainly fun to make!…” read »

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    Medieval Momma on “Gifted”:
    “* would look GREAT with *…” read »

  • Medieval Momma
    Medieval Momma on “Gifted”:
    “I love it! Very earthy and ethnic. It would look with a off-white flowing sun dress…” read »

  • Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick on “Turtle Beach”:
    “Glad to know I'm not the only one who fiddles. Great design. Love the soft…” read »

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    Little Round Chick on “Gifted”:
    “I like it too. Definitely has an ethnic vibe. Love wood, love all the components,…” read »

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    Little Round Chick on “I took a Class”:
    “Wire weaving? You're a "greenie?" I'd say you are well on your way to being…” read »

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    Little Round Chick on “Fall Tones”:
    “Fantastic color, excellent design. Love it! :) …” read »

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    Little Round Chick on “Here Comes The Sun”:
    “Key boards and computers are not trustworthy..... they are electronic devices with minds of their own. Now…” read »

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    Little Round Chick on “Fall?”:
    “Ditto to all of the above comments. This is a great way to welcome fall...just…” read »

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    Little Round Chick on “Tiger Eye”:
    “Thanks for all of the compliments everyone. The tiger eye is one of my favorites.…” read »

  • Mahala RockChick
    Mahala RockChick on “Here Comes The Sun”:
    “It's funny because when I type my son's name it always changes it to "sidenote" or…” read »

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    Mahala RockChick on “Fall Tones”:
    “Thank You ladies!…” read »

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    Harmony on Strings on “Tiger Eye”:
    “I love copper and you really are the master.…” read »

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    Harmony on Strings on “Gifted”:
    “Very,very nice.…” read »

  • G Layne AKA Gail
    G Layne AKA Gail on “I took a Class”:
    “Wow! I agree with Donna, this piece looks very complicated but you certainly did fantastic with…” read »

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    G Layne AKA Gail on “Gifted”:
    “Oooooo! Wonderful tribal design!! Love the African clay beads and the wood spacers really set them…” read »

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    S Katoll on “Gifted”:
    “I've never seen such interesting wooden beads, and you've really highlighted them here. The African clay…” read »

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    kye on “Fall?”:
    “You make the neatest bracelets. Wonderful work!…” read »

  • Granny Nancy
    Granny Nancy on “Fall?”:
    “Very, very pretty. So talented.…” 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.

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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