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There are no mistakes

About this design:

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? Simply Beads? Mag is outside in the studio, so I can't tell you for sure. But I found this lovely pendant design, and decided to give it a try today. The first pendant was finished, and I said 'oops' - the wires were supposed to lay flat, not sideways! So I tried again. Second pendant, I wrapped the wires on the wrong side, so I just turned it over and went from there. The 3rd pendant I just KNEW I'd get right - wrapped the wire on the right side, and then realized my short wires were on the wrong side of the bail! Too tired tonight to try again!


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

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    K H says:

    Sue, I know that it’s frustrating when things don’t turn out exactly as planned, but these pendants are pretty darn cool!!! I really like the copper and bronze one. :)

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    Lynda aka DivaChick says:

    I never make mistakes, only happy accidents!

    Happy accidents always turn out better than the things I actually planned to create. :)

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    Cotopaxi Chickie Sue says:

    Katherine, I like the copper one too for everyday wear (can you see I already ‘roped’ it for wearing to bridge today?). But I also like the first one, cuz I like the depth. I think I’m going to make that mistake again in copper!

    Lynda, you are right – it is happy accidents!

    BTW, I tried a 4th time, with 18 ga square – not a good idea. Too hard to work with, and because of the larger gauge, the wires weren’t long enough to hook onto the loops. That one was NOT a happy accident!

  4. Violet
    Violet says:

    Love all your “accidents” , Sue…
    I think the first one is my favorite, but I love the copper
    too !!!!
    I sent you a message….

  5. karen blasdel
    karen blasdel says:

    Sue, your happy accidents are awesome!!!

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    Cotopaxi Chickie Sue says:

    Thank you, Violet and Karen! :D

    I wore the copper one to bridge today, and got several great comments on it!

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    K H says:

    I have a lot of 20G wire, do you think that might work?????

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    Cotopaxi Chickie Sue says:

    Katherine, I think 20 ga would also work – I never seem to find 20 ga square!

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    K H says:

    It’s not square, just plan wire – but I have it in abundance – both plain and colored.

  10. Lynn g
    Lynn g says:

    Great accidents, I had a few in my time,, Great work..

  11. NY Bella
    NY Bella says:

    I like all these pendants! Nicely done!!

  12. Dragons Chicky
    Dragons Chicky says:

    I figure as long as you can walk away from’s a learning experience! I like the copper one best – can you put a red stone in it??? hahahaha…:)

  13. Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick says:

    Of course there no mistakes, just unexpected results!
    Love the design.

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    Dorothy S says:

    I agree there are no mistakes, just opportunities.

  15. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    I agree with the others about mistakes being happy accidents & opportunities! :D These are all so beautiful, Sue, and look as though they were designed to turn out the way they did!!! :D

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