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"Big Ball" Christmas Brooch

About this design:

Well,ladies,since I really did not like that Big Ball, I decided to re-structure it. Carefully, opening it with my nylon-lined pliers, I created a flower!
The brooch I made can be worn on a coat or sweater. Be careful,though, when you hug might be dangerous! LOL


Big Ball; cranberry shell pearls; green artistic wire; head pins and pin clasp

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  1. Chicky Suz aka Susan Z
    Chicky Suz aka Susan Z says:

    AWESOME!!! I love it….this is beautiful and sooo creative!!

  2. Cheryl Black Tag Jewelry
    Cheryl Black Tag Jewelry says:

    Nice job!

  3. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    Another great design.

  4. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    Maria, ya done good!!!

  5. Laud
    Laud says:

    What a clever solution to the BB problem! It looks like it was always intended to be a brooch.

  6. Frida
    Frida says:

    Another fabulous big ball design :D Love it, very creative!

    I thinking of buying that nylon coated plier me too, seems to be great when working with such thing as bending a ball and plated wires.

  7. Beadlady3 aka Cindy
    Beadlady3 aka Cindy says:

    Beautiful! Love the idea!

    I said this before, but when I got my “big ball” I thought it was broken, didn’t realize it was made like that. I’ve been trying to think of something to do with it in an “open” state, but not quite like your gorgeous pin!

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    Chicky Zee aka Alice says:

    Great design Maria love it!

  9. Asia
    Asia says:

    Maria, what a great use of the ball, very creative, it just looks like a champagne poinsettia :D

  10. foxhill designs vt
    foxhill designs vt says:

    Fabulous and creative design, Maria!

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    franny says:

    gorgeous, Maria!…such a clever deconstruction & beautifully seasonal! like a lace hellebore & holly!

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    JC Hamm says:

    So pretty and creative. :)

  13. NY Bella
    NY Bella says:

    Thanks,everyone,for your comments and support!

  14. OK Jacki
    OK Jacki says:

    Gorgeous, Maria! Lovely!!

  15. NY Bella
    NY Bella says:

    Thanks, Jacki!

  16. Blooming Ideas
    Blooming Ideas says:

    So many nice designs have been created using the big ball… Your pin is a Great way to use it! Terrific!

  17. NY Bella
    NY Bella says:

    Thanks, BI!

  18. Kate
    Kate says:

    so pretty! and such smooth lines! :-)

  19. NY Bella
    NY Bella says:

    Thanks, Kate!

  20. Julie Shane
    Julie Shane says:

    Hi Maria, I’m coming back for a second look at all the BB projects. Then realized I never commented when I first looked at it.
    I love this idea. Great way to show BB who is really in charge. My BB has become cooperative but still not kind.
    I have a red coat and this would be perfect. I’d like a pair of earrings of the pearls and wire. The the center would really pop! :)

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