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  • SquirrelGirl aka Angela
    SquirrelGirl aka Angela on “Earthy Mix”:
    “Love this, and your pendent is outstanding!…” read »

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    S KatollakaSue on “Owl's Nest”:
    “It's a really beautiful piece. Love the colors and components, and am severely envious of your…” read »

  • Medieval Momma
    Medieval Momma on “Owl's Nest”:
    “I love that owl bar too! The beads you put with it are perfect!…” read »

  • 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 »

  • No Photo
    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 »

Garnet's Secret


About this design:

This was probably the most complicated piece I've ever made. I wanted the 3 pieces to have the ability to be worn separately as well as in any combination
which made the closures, uhm interesting.
The locket is pierced and so are the filigree pieces on top. I colored them with inks and put a rivet through the center. It opens (the secret) and I put circles of scrapbook paper inside and layered gloss over it. The necklace is made of green and red garnet with sprinkles of red round glass beads that look like cranberries. It was made as a special order and is on it's way to it's owner.
I must say, looking at all the wonderful pieces in the gallery, I almost didn't post this. You all have done such wonderful things!
I will put in a few extra pics to help with the clasp thingie tho..

Components:

Vintage wire 22g, 20g, green and red garnet, 6mm red glass beads, brass filigree, alcohol inks, 1 rivet, brass locket, glossy accents, paper, Jim Holtz vintage clasp, jump rings, chain, lobsterclaw clasps.

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Read the comments (or add your own)

  1. grama rose aka stormy
    grama rose aka stormy says:

    this is outstanding I love it!!! Don’t you dare say that, your piece is amazing I love it! Into my favs because I can’t put it on!!!! Great job!!!!

  2. Dragons Chicky
    Dragons Chicky says:

    This is the locket open. And these give you an idea of what I finally ended up doing with the ends of the 3 necklaces. As hindsight has 20/20 vision, can anyone think of a better why to do this if I have to do a 3 way in the future?

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  3. Dragons Chicky
    Dragons Chicky says:

    Oh thank you! I do appreciate your kindness!

  4. MoonBell
    MoonBell says:

    What a great piece! Into my faves

  5. FaeryGoth Chick
    FaeryGoth Chick says:

    Cookie, this is a wonderful piece of jewelry!

  6. Joyce M
    Joyce M says:

    Gorgeous! This is a beautiful set!

  7. NY Bella
    NY Bella says:

    Gorgeous!

  8. Sonja
    Sonja says:

    Absolutely right into my favorites!!! Love this piece!!!

  9. amkcreations aka Amanda
    amkcreations aka Amanda says:

    OMG I love this! A favorite.

  10. leafy river
    leafy river says:

    Beautiful! :)

  11. Daisy Chick - Dawn
    Daisy Chick - Dawn says:

    A fabulous set! I hope you keep it! Into my Favs too!

  12. Dragons Chicky
    Dragons Chicky says:

    Thank you all so very much ladies!

  13. Mommykat Bubbly Chick
    Mommykat Bubbly Chick says:

    Cookie, this is very cool. I love the colors, and this is so creative! Fabulous job with the locket!

  14. Eeka Mouse
    Eeka Mouse says:

    Lovely – the colors work so well together, especially w/those matte cranberry beads. Do the alcohol inks stay OK on the metal pieces on their own, or do you have to coat them w/something?

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    Chicky Zee aka Alice says:

    Gorgeous!

  16. karen blasdel
    karen blasdel says:

    What a gorgeous set, all your hard work paid off!!!

  17. Lynn g
    Lynn g says:

    This is beautiful!!! your work paid off too..

  18. Dragons Chicky
    Dragons Chicky says:

    Thank you so much ladies. The alcohol inks stay on where you put them. Once they dry, which is almost immediate, they are there for good, unless you remove them with acetone. The same goes if you spill them! You can , of course cover them with a gloss or semi-gloss, or whatever you wish. They can also be layered for other effects/colors. They are great fun to work with!

  19. Anita QoG Funny Chick
    Anita QoG Funny Chick says:

    BEAUTIFUL set & a GREAT idea!!! I too, have played around with the inks, they are FUN!!!!

  20. Cj w aka Slacker Chick
    Cj w aka Slacker Chick says:

    Hey great minds think alike. I have a necklace I recently did that is the same concept. Yours is beautiful. Wonderful work.

  21. Dragons Chicky
    Dragons Chicky says:

    Aren’t they fun to play with? I have some raw brass pieces to ink now also. Hope to have more time to get on LB again.
    Thanks to all you ladies for the great comments, they are so very appreciated!

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    Deb D Grammy Chick says:

    This is an amazing set, Cookie! The colors are gorgeous together, and your creativity is exceptional! I’ve never tried inks, but I think I will have to investigate them, after seeing this design. Into the Faves! :D

  23. ChickyD aka Debra
    ChickyD aka Debra says:

    this is absolutely STUNNING! I love the entire set! Fabulous!

  24. S MOONEY
    S MOONEY says:

    This is a “WOW” piece. Every inch is fantastic!

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    S Nodelman says:

    Love your work. It’s nicely displayed. Where did you get the stand for your earrings?

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