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    Beauty Sought Khristin on “One the Wings of a Vintaj Butterfly”:
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    Beauty Sought Khristin on “Early Sunset”:
    “Wonderful color scheme and great design! So nicely done!…” read »

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    Beauty Sought Khristin on “Koi Pond”:
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    Beauty Sought Khristin on “Tibetan Life”:
    “I want to say ditto to everyone's comments above. This is so well done. I've looked…” read »

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    Beauty Sought Khristin on “Bluesy Bronze”:
    “This is definitely a work of art. Great piece!…” read »

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    Beauty Sought Khristin on “Blue Lagoon”:
    “This is asymmetry perfection. It is so visually interesting. The colors and textures work so well…” read »

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    Beauty Sought Khristin on “Mysterious”:
    “Oh. My. Gosh. Wow. This is incredible. You have rocked my face off, blown my mind...…” read »

  • dolllady aka Pam
    dolllady aka Pam on “Bluesy Bronze”:
    “WOW!!! This is amazing! I love how you carried the necklace design down under…” read »

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    Crystal Canary on “Dads Key Fob”:
    “Love this stylish key fob idea for men. No more misplacing those keys! :) …” read »

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    Crystal Canary on “Mysterious”:
    “Isn't it exciting when you find a treasure unexpectedly? That glass bead is stunning! …” read »

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    Crystal Canary on “Tibetan Life”:
    “Donna, I just love the way you combined the Tibetan agate beads with the Czech ivory…” read »

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    Crystal Canary on “Blue Lagoon”:
    “It is wonderful the way you combined all those rich-colored blue elements into this beautiful asymmetrical…” read »

  • C Ferguson aka Annie
    C Ferguson aka Annie on “Blue Lagoon”:
    “Beautiful necklace - love all the blues together.…” read »

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    C Ferguson aka Annie on “Tibetan Life”:
    “I am very taken with this necklace. It is so ethnic and pleasing. I…” read »

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    C Ferguson aka Annie on “Mysterious”:
    “Love it, love it, love it. From the mystery focal to the chainmaille to the…” read »

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    C Wathen on “Hidden Treasures”:
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    puppychick labratbecky on “Asymmerty One More time”:
    “Thank you! ;) What intrigues me is the wire wrapped part. I am just…” read »

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    kye on “Mysterious”:
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    Poms Forever aka Donna on “Blue Lagoon”:
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    Poms Forever aka Donna on “Tibetan Life”:
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    Poms Forever aka Donna on “Mysterious”:
    “Kye, another amazing piece of magic! Love everything about your wirework and moss agate to match…” read »

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    Little Round Chick on “Mysterious”:
    “Everybody loves a mystery and this is no exception. The focal is unique and gorgeous.…” read »

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    Little Round Chick on “Tibetan Life”:
    “WOW! This is fantastic and definitely exotic! Love the color, the beads and the…” read »

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    Little Round Chick on “Blue Lagoon”:
    “Beautiful color, great design. Love it!! :) …” read »

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    Little Round Chick on “Asymmerty One More time”:
    “pclrbecky Please feel free to borrow part or all of the design idea. I'm a…” read »

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    Maggies Mom on “Mysterious”:
    “Wow, I love this! That focal is exceptional and you've complemented it perfectly.…” read »

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    puppychick labratbecky on “Blue Lagoon”:
    “Very, very nice, Donna! I love the asymmetry and the balance!…” read »

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    puppychick labratbecky on “Asymmerty One More time”:
    “I love it!!! I might have to ask your permission to steal a bit of this.......…” read »

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    puppychick labratbecky on “Mysterious”:
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    SilverCords aka Judy on “Mysterious”:
    “This is just stunning--the stones and metals work perfectly! I wish I knew how to…” read »

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    Creel U on “Mysterious”:
    “matte moss agate and chain mail. You had a happy muse!…” read »

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    kye on “Tibetan Life”:
    “Multistrand necklaces are so hard to get right. This one is really pretty. The tree of…” read »

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    S Katoll on “Mysterious”:
    “That's a very nice focal, and I love the bracelet! The agate beads go well with…” read »

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    S Katoll on “Tibetan Life”:
    “I like the proportions here very much! Actually I like everything. It's rich and warm and…” read »

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    S Katoll on “Blue Lagoon”:
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    dolllady aka Pam on “Mysterious”:
    “OOOOOO, Kye this is terrific! I love the asymetery of this bracelet! The moss…” read »

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    kye on “Blue Lagoon”:
    “Very pretty. All the different blues look great with silver. I especially like the placement of…” read »

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    Creel U on “Tibetan Life”:
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    kye on “Asymmerty One More time”:
    “This is my favorite of your asymmetrical necklaces too. It's just so elegant, creative and gorgeous!…” read »

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    Poms Forever aka Donna on “Tibetan Life”:
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Prima Volta


About this design:

So this is how it all began - as my title indicates (although it sounds so much better in Italian). This was my project the first time I ever made any jewellery. When I had no idea what a jump ring or crimp tube was. I don't even remember how I came across the design but it was on the internet and I decided I HAD to make it (having no idea what I was doing !!!) So I painstakingly forged my way through the instructions (trying to learn the lingo and running to buy supplies every other day) and 7 months later I'm loving the hobby more than ever. I was just recently asked to recreate it for a friend so I thought it'd be fun to share "my story"

Components:

Assorted pearls and spacers, glass beads, chain and Swarovski clasp.



Read the comments (or add your own)

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    K H says:

    Bravo!!! If this is your first piece I can’t wait to see what else you come up with!!! BTW, using chain is an excellent way to turn a couple of stands of beads into a fabulous multi-strand creation! :)

  2. Dora H
    Dora H says:

    This and yourother piece are so pretty..you did good ! I also learned by articles and how to’s on the internet!

  3. LizzCreations
    LizzCreations says:

    Wow i luv this too. The colors are great….my favorite piece o jewelry to wear are bracelets an this 3 strand bracelet it’s great for me.

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

    Look at you!!!!!!! What a fabulous bracelet! Keep beadin’ and let us see the results!

  5. DragonFly Chick Eileen
    DragonFly Chick Eileen says:

    Thank you Ladies !!!

    KH – you are good !! That’s EXACTLY what the description said – that adding chain would spiff up a bracelet – I have to agree :)

  6. Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick says:

    Ditto, ditto, ditto on all of the above comments. You were brave to start with such a complex design. I agree with Chica Chick….Keep beadin’ and let us see the results! :)

  7. cottagecharms
    cottagecharms says:

    Beautiful-love the combination!

  8. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    DragonFly Chick — WOW — who knew?!?! This is simply amazing!!! I love this design and color combo! Great job! :D

  9. Cotopaxi Chickie Sue
    Cotopaxi Chickie Sue says:

    This was your first creation??? Wow! You are a natural at this! Lovely color combo and design!

  10. Anita QoG Funny Chick
    Anita QoG Funny Chick says:

    BEAUTIFUL, you do have the knack!!!

  11. Happy Chick aka Harriet
    Happy Chick aka Harriet says:

    First: Welcome to the flock!! :D
    And Wow!!! What a super job on a difficult first project! Really pretty!!! :D

  12. Glassy chick Sonal
    Glassy chick Sonal says:

    WOW thats a beautiful bracelet and I like the clasp too…I am also new to this hobby and learning everyday through books, how to videos and of course with chickies here on LB.
    I am sure you would hvae a lot of fun with us here!! Keep us posted on what you do.

  13. WireWrangler
    WireWrangler says:

    Bellissimo primo bracciale!!!!

  14. DragonFly Chick Eileen
    DragonFly Chick Eileen says:

    Thanks so much ladies !!! Your comments and feedback really make my day (and boy have I had some doozies lately !!! Loved the Italian comment SSS :)

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    JRae says:

    This is so feminine and beautiful!

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