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  • 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 »

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    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 »

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    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 »

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    Fresh Baked on “All wrapped up...”:
    “Thank so much, everyone! And if you want to delve more into coiling, then getting and…” read »

  • LFP Sarah
    LFP Sarah on “Bronze Beauty”:
    “the color combination is beautiful and the balance of the piece is spot on.…” read »

On a Whim


About this design:

This was on of those pieces done on a whim! Just off the top of my head. No planning or designing and it just happened and all went together within just a few minutes. The only thing I changed is that I bent the piece of copper tubing a few days after I made and I made the necklace more rectangle than round.

Components:

14,20 gauge copper wire, copper beads, copper tubing.

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Read the comments (or add your own)

  1. MoonBell
    MoonBell says:

    I like this, what’s the braided copper stuff?

  2. FaeryGoth Chick
    FaeryGoth Chick says:

    Gorgeous Julie! You are so talented :-)

  3. Daisy Chick - Dawn
    Daisy Chick - Dawn says:

    Wonderful necklace! Your are so talented. Love the other copper offerings too!

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    Mary - Sweet Chick says:

    I am so jealous!
    Julz, you rock at this metal stuff!

    I’m going to make you crazy with questions……
    How do you smooth the edges of the copper tubing?
    They look so smooth and rounded, almost as if the edges are rolled inside the tube.

  5. sunny chick
    sunny chick says:

    Fabulous design! Love it! :D

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    Reet says:

    WOW!Stunning necklace !

  7. JulzJewlz
    JulzJewlz says:

    MoonBell…that’s double twisted 20 gauge copper wire. I use a gizmo to do it because of the Rhuematoid in my hands.
    Thanks…FaeryGoth and Dawn!!
    Mary…when you cut the tubing with a tube cutter it automatically turns the ends inward. I will stand the piece on end and lightly pound it to turn then ends in a bit further. But, be careful it will colapse the tube very easily. I have a Dremel that I use for heavy stuff and I also have different grades of sand paper and sometimes I use finger nail files.

  8. Mommykat Bubbly Chick
    Mommykat Bubbly Chick says:

    I wanted to know about the ends too- mine are raggedy looking when i cut it today- I have been filing for an hour. Oh, thats what I need- a tube cutter! Ok, Thanks Julie!

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    Mary - Sweet Chick says:

    Thank you Julie! :-)

  10. JulzJewlz
    JulzJewlz says:

    When you use the tube cutter be careful not to twist it too tight. It will leave small impressions just inside the cuts. Sometimes it’s not a problem but if you want a clean smooth surface it’s hard to polish out.

  11. Mommykat Bubbly Chick
    Mommykat Bubbly Chick says:

    Oh, the cutting tool really gives an excellent smooth edge! :D

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    Chicky Zee aka Alice says:

    Fabulous!!

  13. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Another fab design in copper, Julz! Thanks again for the helpful advice! :D

  14. Jewelry by Shannon
    Jewelry by Shannon says:

    Wow, great tips and a really fun design. SLS

  15. Lynn g
    Lynn g says:

    This is very nice!!

  16. Chicky Bear-Tara
    Chicky Bear-Tara says:

    This is beautiful Jewlz. Love it!

  17. Leigh D
    Leigh D says:

    Very, very cool – love it!

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