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Designs by Cotopaxi Chickie Sue

A Happy Accident

I need to add more rings to my tray for an upcoming show, and I wanted to do something different. After I formed this on the mandrel, I realized it...
Components: 20 ga and 28 ga silver plated wire, Swarovski crystals

Swing is the Thing

One of my bridge partners brought a sterling cuff to bridge, and asked if I could make a pair of earrings to go with it. The cuff is stunning:...
Components: Sterling wire, 20 and 26 gauge, MOP 4 mm rounds, sterling chain

Grape Expectations

Seems I've been on an earring jag lately - these are really lightweight too.
Components: lucite leaves, copper wire and glass beads


These earrings kind of grew - I wanted to do something with some copper washers I bought at Harbor Freight!
Components: Textured copper washers, MOP birds, copper chain, lucite leaves, 3mm glass rounds


This Lipstick Ranch piece just cried out for antique copper and turquoise

Just a wave of pearls

I custom made this for a neighbor of mine for Christmas. She had a cuff I made for her earlier this year, and she lost it, so she wanted me to...
Components: 8 ga copper, peacock pearls

Morning Monarch

Saw this design in the same mag, only it was silver with no crystals. Thought I'd bling it up a little!
Components: 18 ga square copper wire, black and topaz swarovski crystals

There are no mistakes

When I took my first wire class (a bijillion years ago!), I was told there were no mistakes. Uh huh. Well, I was going through a Bead Style?...
Components: Silver plated sq and HR wire, 21 ga, 4 mm SP beads, faceted amethyst Antique copper sq and HR wire, 21 ga, 4 mm copper beads, Campitos turquoise

Snow and Ice/Carnivale

I had a request to make some large cuffs, so here they are! Snow and Ice was going to be blue/black/purple, except it was so pretty with the snow...
Components: Snow and Ice: clear quartz, Iolite, Smoky Quartz, pearls, silver plate 16ga wire Carnivale: matte green iris seed beads, multiple Czech crystals

Purple Haze

I finally designed a viking knit bracelet! Don't know why I made such a short piece - and it sat on my table waiting for inspiration. You know how...
Components: Purple soft flex wire (for VK and handmade cones), Czech glass rondelles, and a button!

Swallow the Berry

I had these 2 short pieces of viking knit - I think I was going to make bracelets out of them, but it wasn't coming to me. I really liked them...
Components: copper wire in ant copper and brown, Vintaj bird, blue agate

Birds in the Cherry Tree

Never discard a work in progress! I had made one earring with a bird, which I really didn't like, but I kept it around anyway, because the design...
Components: copper wire, MOP fetish birds, glass leaves and berries

The Eye of Ra

I love the color of this bronze wire. Not gold, not yellow, not brass...very different. This pair is mine!
Components: 16 ga bronze wire, 26 ga burgandy wire, white FWP

Cranberry and Copper

I had all these little copper squiggles, and decided they'd make a great chain. I was going to use green pearls, but decided to try red instead!
Components: 20 ga copper, faceted cranberry pearls

Eye of the Peacock

I was just playing around with loops, and came up with this design. I love the raised effect of the inner loop!
Components: 16 ga gunmetal wire, 26ga baby blue wire, glass pearl

10 Bucks to a Cowboy

If you saw my display post of Blossom Festival, you'll remember me saying that a young cowboy picked this out for his mom on mother's day - only,...
Components: peridot 26 ga wire for viking knit, handmade dichroic pendant wrapped in silver plate square wire

Starry Starry Night

I had purchase these gorgeous CZ stars some time ago and was hoarding them (sound familiar?). Then I realized I had this lovely swarovski...
Components: Red CZ stars, swarovski moon, black beading wire, .024 49 strand

First Show of the Season

In spite of the wind, the weather was beautiful (unlike last weekend, when it snowed!). We had a great show, caught up with some other vendors I...

Geek Earrings

I was in a hurry to catalog these before I shipped them off to my customer's wife, as a thank you to him for sending me all this neat tubing!
Components: Sulfinert treated steel tubing, white pearls

Geek Ring

A customer of mine had some scraps left over of sulfinert-treated steel, used in valving systems for sulfur detectors. It is actually 1/16"...
Components: Sulfinert steel tubing, ivory pearls