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Summer Garden

About this design:

Originally intended as an entry in a "Summertime" inspirational contest. It's for anyone who wants to attend a summer party and make a statement. Summer Garden is one of a very few pieces I've done without a focal bead. Substituting, an "artistic license" spider web from which dangles a vine with flower and a hummingbird. If I were to do this over, I would have oxidized Mrs. Spider to make her stand out.


18 and 28 gauge dead soft sterling silver wire, tiny ss beads and charms. Stones are (from spider web to clasp), Spiderweb Serpentine, Lapidalite Jasper, Soo Chow Jade and Damar Jasper together, Unakite and Orange Botswana Agate together, dyed purple Kiwi Jasper, Unakite and Bots Agate again, then Spesspartine Garnet with African Jade.

Read the comments (or add your own)

  1. Happy Chick aka Harriet
    Happy Chick aka Harriet says:

    Wow!!! Great design and I really like your gemstone choices. The arrangement you have chosen is so pretty and I love the wire work.
    I see what you mean about making the spider stand out more, but sometimes it is fun to have an interesting point that people have to actually look to see. :-)

  2. Happy Chick aka Harriet
    Happy Chick aka Harriet says:

    Just went back to add this as a favorite. I’m trying not to add too many, but this one “called” me. ;)

  3. Regina v
    Regina v says:

    I love your selection of materials, and the wirework is cool. Do you cast your own charms?

  4. John M
    John M says:

    No, Regina, I buy the charms. And thanks to everyone for your kind comments. John

  5. John M
    John M says:

    For those of you who are interested in knowing more about me, you are invited to visit my blog, There you will see the same designs and more. Thanks.

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    Deb D Grammy Chick says:

    Beautiful design…very interesting and unique. I love the stones you chose, and the wirework is lovely. I will definitely have to visit your blog.

  7. Elaine aka Belly Chick
    Elaine aka Belly Chick says:

    Wow!! I just came back from your blog and I absolutely love your wire work!!! Must go back later and do some reading!! :-D

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    Helen G aka tea chick says:

    Wow! Intricate, light and delicate, complex, and beautiful! I hope you won the contest, ’cause you sure deserved to!

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    Mary - Sweet Chick says:

    John! Your work is truly inspiring!
    The balance of stone and wire is very eye catching!
    I will most definitely check out your website!

  10. Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick says:

    John, this is a great looking necklace. I just finished a necklace last week that has a spider but not on a web. I’ll be sure to check out your your blog. Welcome to the wonderful world of the Lima Beads Garden. It is a very entertaining site.

  11. WireWrangler
    WireWrangler says:

    Hi John,
    Lovely wirework!
    Just the right amount of enhancement, very nice design. Thank you!

  12. Sandra Martinez
    Sandra Martinez says:

    Love the wire work and the arrangement of the gem stones! Very nice! Substantial but simple!

  13. CAS
    CAS says:

    John, I love the whimsy of your pieces, and the wirework and stone/bead choices are wonderful. So very inspiring! :)

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    Starsparkle Spiral Chick says:

    This is really original & interesting, you notice something new everytime you look at it. And of course I love your wirework spirals & squiggles!

  15. John M
    John M says:

    Again, thanks to all for your kind comments.

  16. ChickyD aka Debra
    ChickyD aka Debra says:

    Love the wirework! Very creative. I’ve saved this design as a favorite and am getting ready to check out your blog! I find working with wire to be very satisfying somehow.

  17. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    John, this is a fascinating necklace! I love the gems you selected and the charms are just adorable! Your wire work is fabulous!!! I agree with Spiral Chick — everytime I look at it, I see something new to enjoy! :D

    Off to check out your blog — thanks for sharing! :D

  18. Valentine Chick
    Valentine Chick says:

    I also agree with the comments and think you should win the contest. This is truly beautiful!

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    Debbi aka Sparkle Chick says:

    Great wire work and bead choices! Your work is so very creative and inspiring!

  20. John M
    John M says:

    Thanks everyone.

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