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  • Maggies Mom
    Maggies Mom on “Spiral Dance”:
    “Another gorgeous work of art!…” read »

  • Maggies Mom
    Maggies Mom on “odalisque”:
    “I can't imagine even attempting this! Intricate, ornate, gorgeous, beautifully done!!!!…” read »

  • Maggies Mom
    Maggies Mom on “Finally”:
    “Love it!…” read »

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    Robert J on “whirlpool”:
    “Thank you all for the complements. Sophiebug I don't try to see the holes when I'm…” read »

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    Robert J on “Spiral Dance”:
    “Good, I am glad it is helpful. remember to not over twist the square wire…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Patina Queen”:
    “RockyD, just saw your note...the leaves are from Lima--#42368--but they are out of stock right now.…” read »

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    Robert J on “odalisque”:
    “no, each step really is simple. there are only so many ways one can…” read »

  • kye
    kye on “whirlpool”:
    “Beautiful! Love the gradated pearls inside the spiral. Such a nice touch.…” read »

  • Rocky D
    Rocky D on “Patina Queen”:
    “Were did the leaves come from. If you don't mind me asking?…” read »

  • Sophiebug
    Sophiebug on “whirlpool”:
    “More "ooh" and "ahh"! Forget about finding needles to accommodate those seed beads-my eyes would not…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Beaded Hairpins”:
    “Nice idea. Really like the ones with the red pearls--they have a oriental touch to…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Easy Does It”:
    “Sometimes simplicity has a lot to say! You could create a hold variety of pieces,…” read »

  • Sophiebug
    Sophiebug on “Spiral Dance”:
    “Again, just wow! I'm going to try the spiral-love the look of it!…” read »

  • Sophiebug
    Sophiebug on “odalisque”:
    “Wow, this is so gorgeously intricate. And there's no earthly way I could ever come close…” read »

  • Sophiebug
    Sophiebug on “Finally”:
    “This is beautiful, especially the PC focal. Love the colors!…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Finally”:
    “I just love that you made so many of the components. I especially like all…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “odalisque”:
    “Robert, you are so funny, I'm chuckling now...surely not simple. Beautiful design with such intricate…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Spiral Dance”:
    “The square/spiral wire combo holding the cab is amazing! Including the instructions really helps all…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “whirlpool”:
    “Robert, this is so beautiful! I really like the pearls and tiny seed beads wrapped…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Spring Birds”:
    “All of YOUR support is a tremendous comfort. Sometimes we can feel so alone in…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Spotted Necklace”:
    “OK....this is totally the look I'm trying to achieve, but sadly never do! I'm in…” read »

  • Annabel
    Annabel on “Finally”:
    “Love the focal. Gorgeous bracelet. I really like the multi-strand components. Just lovely.…” read »

  • C Ferguson aka Annie
    C Ferguson aka Annie on “Finally”:
    “I loved the dandelion focal when you showed it previously, but seeing it in the finished…” read »

  • C Ferguson aka Annie
    C Ferguson aka Annie on “odalisque”:
    “Another beautiful design. :) …” read »

  • C Ferguson aka Annie
    C Ferguson aka Annie on “Spiral Dance”:
    “Beautiful. Thank you for sharing your process.…” read »

  • C Ferguson aka Annie
    C Ferguson aka Annie on “whirlpool”:
    “Wow Robert. This is a gorgeous design and the workmanship is excellent. Into my…” read »

  • C Ferguson aka Annie
    C Ferguson aka Annie on “3 Kumihimo”:
    “These are all beautiful Moogie. I didn't realize you could do kumihimo with larger beads…” read »

  • kye
    kye on “Spotted Necklace”:
    “I agree-wow! This is a wonderful necklace. I like how the patterned silk ties in with…” read »

  • Michelle
    Michelle on “Tangerine Dream”:
    “Thanks y'all !…” read »

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    S KatollakaSue on “Beaded Hairpins”:
    “Just the thing to finish off a lovely outfit!…” read »

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    S KatollakaSue on “Easy Does It”:
    “Wonderful, simple everyday piece! Could be some lucky buyer's signature piece!…” read »

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    S KatollakaSue on “whirlpool”:
    “Wow! Copper, pearls, tiny seeds - what's not to love? A fave!…” read »

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    Robert J on “whirlpool”:
    “20/0 seed beads are antiques, mine were made in the 1800's. Greasy is the…” read »

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    Robert J on “odalisque”:
    “I'd never before been even the slightest bit worried, and then recently I was on…” read »

  • Moogie
    Moogie on “whirlpool”:
    “Ok, I was wondering about the green opals. Thought I was going blind or something... Second, I've…” read »

  • Moogie
    Moogie on “odalisque”:
    “Robert, nice to see you again. I was thinking the same thing as Donna--who could come…” read »

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    Robert J on “whirlpool”:
    “how did green opal get into the materials? *sigh* The seed beads are so small I…” read »

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    Robert J on “Spiral Dance”:
    “lol. oh god no, not any more. I did at one point have…” read »

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    Robert J on “odalisque”:
    “woohoo. can add them back this way. …” read »

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    Robert J on “odalisque”:
    “oh crap it took the in process pics away for some reason. They may help simplify…” 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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