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Fleur Bleue


About this design:

Had to redo this one, even though you have been extremely supportive :) I added one more petal which helps, but still as much wire... but hey since it's OK! :) I'm happier with it.

Components:

Blue Rhyolite, Swarovski pearls and copper eternity links and toggle clasp.

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  1. Cotopaxi Chickie Sue
    Cotopaxi Chickie Sue says:

    Johanne, I LIKE the metal in the middle! This flower is so cool. The only suggestion I might make is to use 1 blue pearl in the ‘bail’ rather than 2…but that’s just my preference. This is a wonderful design and great color combo!

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    Jeannes Gems - Gem Chick says:

    I don’t see anything wrong with it! Love the flower as is! A great “mod” design!

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    Starsparkle Spiral Chick says:

    This is really pretty & I’d imagine quite tricky to do!
    I can’t think of another way to do it with less wire showing, but the wire is part of the design so make it a feature! :D

  4. Sali Jo GemsChica Chick
    Sali Jo GemsChica Chick says:

    This is…FABULICIOUS! Very creative! It is not an easy technique…I have made a couple of flowers with wire and beads and it is a pain….but yours is pretty and the beads on the necklace are fabulous too! Great design!

  5. Classy Chick JbyJill
    Classy Chick JbyJill says:

    I like the wire showing! The flower is gorgeous :) The only suggestion I would have is to oxidize the wire….. This would just give it a different look.

  6. Dragons Chicky
    Dragons Chicky says:

    I also like the wire showing as part of the design but as Classy Chick suggested you could oxidize it for a different look, either way, great design.

  7. Gemme Designs
    Gemme Designs says:

    Thanks to all of you nice ladies :) How do you oxidize copper btw and what does it look like?

  8. K H
    K H says:

    First of all, I like the brightness of the copper – it lights up the flower, but that is JMHO for whatever that’s worth. As for oxidizing copper – I tried a little experiment over the weekend and learned that most artistic wire, many metal beads and findings are treated with an anti-tarnish finish that will preclude creating a patina. The “recipe” I tried called for mixing sea salt, ammonia and vinegar, pouring it into an absorbant medium and burying copper and brass objects in the absorbant medium. I would be concerning about putting chemicals on the gemstones and pearls. I know that Cotopaxi Chickie Sue and Chickie LE have worked with liver of sulphur. Cotopaxi Chickie Sue ia our resident chemist. I check with her before I start mixing things together!!! :)

  9. Gemme Designs
    Gemme Designs says:

    Thanks K H, I like the brightness of copper too and I’m not ready for oxidizing but I appreciate the info! :)

  10. Elaine aka Belly Chick
    Elaine aka Belly Chick says:

    I think this is very pretty…I love the ‘flower’ and I think that the brightness of the wire gives it a look straight from nature…you know, how flowers sometimes have that lighter color right near the center. I added this to my favs!! :-D

  11. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    This is beautiful, Johanne! I love the design you came up with! I do a lot of oxidizing of silver and copper, but I also leave a lot of pieces “as is” — this is one I wouldn’t change at all! :D

  12. Glassy chick Sonal
    Glassy chick Sonal says:

    This is awesome Johanne!! I loved it…I wish I could make something like that :( but I am sure with chickies like you I will learn alot!!
    I loved the pendant the most and tried to study it in the closeup snap however was unable to learn..may be I need a class!!
    This goes in my favs too..

  13. Gemme Designs
    Gemme Designs says:

    Try this Sonal, almost as good as a class :)
    (auntiesbeads@com = blooming pendant)
    http://www.auntiesbeads.com/Ca.....7ea11680ce
    My beads were drilled top to bottom so I could not use this technique, but you might want to try it with the right beads! Enjoy and share your work!!

  14. Gemme Designs
    Gemme Designs says:

    Sorry auntiesbeads.com and if the link does not work, look for blooming pendant under free learning videos.

  15. Valentine Chick
    Valentine Chick says:

    Very pretty! I love how you arranged your peices to display too!

  16. Pam
    Pam says:

    This is just beautiful!

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    RubberT aka Plucky Chick says:

    This is amazing work!

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