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A Delicate Balance

About this design:

This piece started with the coiled wire links, which I made using 18 gauge wire for the base, 22 for the coil. I thought they looked almost industrial, and decided to use them in a contrasting way with a more delicate styled necklace. I looked through my lampwork beads and one jumped out at me, so I used it for the blue and purple color scheme, making spiral links to connect everything using 20 gauge wire. The Briolettes are wrapped using 26 gauge.


Sterling Silver Round wire in 18, 20, 22, and 26 Gauge; Sterling Silver JumpRings; two types of Sterling Silver Chain; Sterling Silver Floral 3-1 Link; Thai Hill Tribe Silver Spiral Charms and Beaded Stick Charms; Bali Sterling Bead Caps; Sterling Headpins; Rose de France (Pink) Amethyst Briolette, Coin Beads, and Oval Bead; Medium Amethyst Small Rounds, Briolette, and Faceted Oval Bead; Blue Topaz Tiny Briolette; Larimar Briolette and Round; Sleeping Beauty Turquoise Rondelles; Self Representing Artist Lampworked Bead from eBay seller blueskyday2013; Jill MacKay Square Toggle Clasp

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  1. Asia
    Asia says:

    Beautiful casual elegance, love those links :D

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


  3. BeadlingatMonsterPajamas
    BeadlingatMonsterPajamas says:

    So beautiful and well put together! Love it!

  4. AllureofGemsGlamJulia
    AllureofGemsGlamJulia says:

    Beautiful and quite delicate :)

  5. DayLilly aka Del
    DayLilly aka Del says:

    So pretty and delicate.

  6. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    Very cool!

  7. Gail Layne
    Gail Layne says:

    Beautiful colors!

  8. Chicky Zee aka Alice
    Chicky Zee aka Alice says:


  9. Sonja J
    Sonja J says:

    Thank you all so much! =^____^=

  10. SYD Sydney H
    SYD Sydney H says:

    I love ‘Delicate Balance’; I’m into a-symetrical; symetrical, even steampunk. I it’s jewelry I love it all – mostly. I’ve been making jewelry for 4 plus years; never sold online; it is STRICTLY a hobby, but I do sell it at our Mom ‘n Pop store here where we live. I do very little in sales, but – it is just a hobby. Another ‘hobby’ is looking at Lima Beads – LOL. You gals are ARTISTES. I’m only into beading; no clay work or leather. I’m 72 (Feb. 27) and just haven’t the eneregy to go beyond beading.

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