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    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
    Beadaholic1 on “Owl's Nest”:
    “Thanks everyone! Kye and Moogie.....helpful tips are always appreciated.…” read »

  • 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”:
    “I love the colors of the beads & how well they go with the bar &…” read »

  • Maggies Mom
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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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    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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    “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 on “Bronze Beauty”:
    “Wow! This is so amazing! I never would have thought of putting all this together but…” read »

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    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 »

  • Snnje B
    Snnje B on “Bronze Beauty”:
    “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
    Beadaholic1 on “Earthy Mix”:
    “Thanks so much everyone!…” read »

  • 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 »

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    Fresh Baked on “Earthy Mix”:
    “The pendent is beautiful! Looking forward to seeing more of your PC work.…” read »

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    Fresh Baked on “Celestial Connection”:
    “Fun and edgy set of jewelry...Love the iridescent colors!…” read »

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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”:
    “Moogie, this is a great necklace to showcase each and every component of this great necklace!…” read »

  • Beadaholic1
    Beadaholic1 on “Bronze Beauty”:
    “Love the mix of metal and your bead and color choices are perfect....great design!…” read »

  • Fresh Baked
    Fresh Baked on “All wrapped up...”:
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Bluebird Pendant Necklace

About this design:

My first attempt at anything other than simple birthstone pieces. I used a pendant designed by Jess. I suggested a bluebird like the ones I used to see in Colorado. She created one that was perfect. And she's duplicated it in various ways for me. Its lovely.

But I don't know how much I like the whole thing. Should I have used just chain? There are things that need fixing so I'm not sure what I'm going to do.


The only LB product are some tiny blue agate beads. All the rest are from my many stash from many years of making very classic pieces. I'm not sure where I got the chain.

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  1. Granny Nancy
    Granny Nancy says:

    I for get how to edit what I wrote but this is 26″ long, not including the pendant, which is 1 1/2″ and can’t decide if maybe thats too long.

  2. Jet
    Jet says:

    I like it how it is :) just chain would be a little boring for me. And asymmetry is really ‘in’ right now.

  3. Crazy Beader
    Crazy Beader says:

    Also like the combination of beads and chain – - is this for you, Nancy ?? I think it depends on who will wear it – - I like shorter necklaces, especially when they are this delicate. But it’s a beautiful piece !

  4. Gail Layne
    Gail Layne says:

    Nancy, I LOVE the little beads and butterflies!! I’d do both sides in that with the chain in the back. Or do dangles on the chain. The colors you put with the bluebird bring in out fabulously!!

  5. SYD Sydney H
    SYD Sydney H says:

    It’s perfect the way it is – OR, it’d still be perfect if you added dangles to the chain; there’s no one way to do a piece of jewlery, BECAUSE – everyone out there is an INDIVIDUAL, not a clone and everyone likes something different

  6. daisymae
    daisymae says:

    Nancy, it looks FABULOUS!:) The beads and colors you used are absolutely perfect! It turned out gorgeous! I agree with Gail too! I think you should do both sides in the beads and put the chain in the back. I think the colors you chose bring out the colors of the pendant even better!:)

  7. Granny Nancy
    Granny Nancy says:

    Thanks everyone for your opinions. I have another pendant that Jess made along with bluebird beads. So I’ll be experimenting with others and keep this “trial run” for myself. I might shorten it. I’ll try wearing it as is and see if I like it that long.

    I have some other ideas but when I come back to Jess’s pendant and bluebird beads, I’ll consider doing the beads all the way around or partially with the chain just around the neck area.

    I love those colors together – the blues of course, and the greens and copper. It was great fun. I had better pictures but lost them some how.

    Thanks again everyone. I’m very appreciative of everyone’s opinions since other than one “Hootie” necklace, I’ve not done much in this area. I do have a gorgeous pendant beaded necklace I made years ago using a peace stone pendant that also had some lavender in it. Some day I’ll include that in picture when I do another similar.

  8. Asia
    Asia says:

    Nancy, this is so beautiful, I’m puzzled by the length unless you are extremely tall,but I really like you choice of beads and the asymmetry, you made Jess proud :D

  9. Michelle
    Michelle says:

    I think this is lovely and delicate, leave it as it is, on just a chain would be way too boring, I love it how you’ve made it!

  10. L Bowman
    L Bowman says:

    Love the focal piece. Looks very much like the enamel work from Brumm Studio in Northern Michigan. Nice work!

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