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  • Beadaholic1
    Beadaholic1 on “Owl's Nest”:
    “Thanks kye! I found a site that sells Mag-Lok clasps for 1.99 and they…” read »

  • kye
    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
    Maggies Mom on “Owl's Nest”:
    “Ditto! and a Fave!…” read »

  • 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
    Sophiebug on “Owl's Nest”:
    “This is so cute! Love the colors!…” read »

  • dolllady aka Pam
    dolllady aka Pam on “Owl's Nest”:
    “Absolutely, positively stunning!! You have found the perfect beads to go with the darling bracelet…” read »

  • Fresh Baked
    Fresh Baked on “All wrapped up...”:
    “Thanks, again! I am in total agreement about Rena over at Jewelry Making Journal...lots of…” read »

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    Kerrycasey1956 on “Paint Drops”:
    “Will you be getting any more of the multi color teardrop chain in? I would love to…” read »

  • Sophiebug
    Sophiebug on “All wrapped up...”:
    “I bow to your superior skills with wire! This is stunning, just so unique! Lots to…” read »

  • Sophiebug
    Sophiebug on “Celestial Connection”:
    “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”:
    “Awww, thanks everyone. You're the best! Got the little bells from Lima! They ARE cute! And…” read »

  • Moogie
    Moogie on “All wrapped up...”:
    “Hey Lynda, I know I wrote a comment but I don't see it here... So, I love…” read »

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

  • Medieval Momma
    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”:
    “Oh you are so good with polymer clay! Did you play with Playdoh alot as a…” read »

  • 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 »

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

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

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    S KatollakaSue on “Bronze Beauty”:
    “A beautiful, simply elegant set where every element speaks affectionately with every other one. I'd wear…” 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...”:
    “Thank so much, everyone! And if you want to delve more into coiling, then getting and…” read »

SANTA FE BRACELET


About this design:

I LOVE color in the things I create and this bracelet is no exception. The focal point in this bracelet is definitely the 10mm by 10mm heavy sterling silver slider bead located smack dab in the middle.
Purchased in Santa Fe New Mexico along with the round beads, it has a unique design on it - triangles, sprials, dots and curves on a dark textured background. It's flanked on both sides first by small stones of Carico Lake turquoise which separate it from large rare atlantasite rondelles. Further on we have large knobby artisan sterling silver bead caps, Kingman mine turquoise, more Santa Fe silver, extremely rare deep blue Bisbee Mine turquoise disks - which in turn are separated from the next bead by spiney oyster. Finishing it off are large barrel stones of very rare gaspetite each with its own artisan silver bead cap, more Carico turquoise and small rondelles of more spiney oyster. And that's just for starters. It closes with a Santa Fe inspired sterling silver toggle clasp. And hanging from the artisan ring on the other end:

**a small barrel of bright red coral
**a sterling silver Thunderbird charm from Santa Fe
**a small copper bead just for interest
**a Santa Fe inspired artisan sterling silver cross charm
**a disk of yellow sponge coral

Components:

Sterling silver, turquoise, atlantasite, spiney oyster, gaspeite, Coral, copper



Read the comments (or add your own)

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    Mary - Sweet Chick says:

    OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!! I LOVE THIS!!!
    All the gorgeous American turquoise, Spiny oyster, and Gaspeite has me drooling!! Southwest/Native American inspired jewelry is my first love. You’ve captured it beautifully!
    This speaks to me!!! :-D

  2. Jewelry by Shannon
    Jewelry by Shannon says:

    I love this one too … it speaks to me, too. Straight to favs, great job. Love the colors and textures!!!!!!!! SLS

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    Marcia e says:

    This IS g.o.r.g.e.o.u.s!!! Thanks for sharing it with us!!!

  4. doktordesigns
    doktordesigns says:

    Very fun! I like the chaotic clasp action, it’s like an ellipsis at the end of a sentence….”oh wait, just one more thing!” :)

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    cdpatricketsycom says:

    Thank you for the compliment. I had so much fun making it!

  6. grama rose aka stormy
    grama rose aka stormy says:

    What nice colors love it!

  7. Harmony on Strings
    Harmony on Strings says:

    Makes me want to run to Sante Fe right now!!

  8. Leigh D
    Leigh D says:

    This is absolutely fabulous!! Definately a bracelet I would wear. I love chunky, larger jewelry!!! Gorgeous

  9. WireWrangler
    WireWrangler says:

    Sensational Southwest! Effective use of stones and color.
    Atlantisite is one of my favorite opaque stones, the mix of the green and purple in one stone. These are gorgeous.
    Ingenious use of the Carico Lake Turquoise, I am assuming these not only separate the silver slider from the atlantisite, they look as if they are stabilizing a large hole bead? Very effective design technique.
    I would wear this in a heartbeat! Thank you for sharing.

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    D D Mystic Chick says:

    love this! love everything about it! a fav!

  11. CAS
    CAS says:

    UTTERLY UTTERLY … WOW!!!!!

  12. Happy Chick aka Harriet
    Happy Chick aka Harriet says:

    Incredible detail and very attractive!!! :D

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    Lynda aka DivaChick says:

    How gorgeous! I absolutely love this! Bravo!

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    Brenda H says:

    This is beyond COOL!!!!!!!!!!

  15. Fashion Chick aka SC
    Fashion Chick aka SC says:

    Beautiful bracelet!

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    Lady of Beads says:

    Made my heart skip a beat! I do not wear large jewelry, but I would wear this in a skipped heartbeat.

  17. Just me
    Just me says:

    Very nice.

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