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About this design:

Being stubborn, I keep trying to make copper ball head pins at home with my micro torch and ended up with just a bunch of heat torched wire. Soft and malleable to be sure because it was annealed. What to do? I decided that I really liked the look of the wire and loosely wrapped a stamped and painted poly clay pendant I'd made. Then, knotted some seed bead clusters and Howlite barrel beads onto waxed Irish linen cord. I think I've found a use for all this wire now...


Copper wire, poly clay, waxed linen cord, seed beads, Howlite turquoise

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  1. Medieval Momma
    Medieval Momma says:

    Absolutely love it! Very artistic, you are very talented!

  2. Sylvia N
    Sylvia N says:

    Beautiful!! Love the colors.I have a torch but have not tried to make head pins so far.You have inspired me:)

  3. Elis Mom
    Elis Mom says:

    What a happy and beautiful “accident”. I’d wear this in a heart beat, Lynda! Your designs are so inspirational. I just haven’t gotten to the same place yet with all the wirework and the torch, but am looking forward to playing!

  4. Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick says:

    Excellent “Lemonade”, Lynda. Great design and I love the color of the pendant. Frustration must be the cousin of necessity. :D

  5. Asia
    Asia says:

    Love this, keep practising, copper is not that hard, I’m trying brass right now to no avail :D

  6. Lynn g
    Lynn g says:

    That is so neat, and the wire highlights the focal. and your focal is great also.. :)

  7. karen blasdel
    karen blasdel says:

    This is a lovely design, love the clay pendant.

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    Beadaholic1 says:

    I love this one. You are a genius! Gorgeous colors too.

  9. Becca W
    Becca W says:

    very cool!

  10. Julie Shane
    Julie Shane says:

    Awesome! Texture and color are blended so well. Love this piece.

  11. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    Perfect! how creative!!! :)

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    JustImagine - Val says:

    Love this! Your pendant is amazing!

  13. Chickie Nonnie T
    Chickie Nonnie T says:

    This is so beautiful!

  14. KatsAllThat
    KatsAllThat says:

    Lovely and really creative of you!

  15. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    Way to use your MacGyver skills! I love the whole necklace…it has a rustic look to it because of the wire wrap and the linen. That is the coarsest looking linen I’ve ever seen I thought it was hemp.

  16. Frida
    Frida says:

    Very cool! Great to be stubborn ;)

  17. Janet B
    Janet B says:

    Love the design. Little tip for making ball ends on copper….use 2 microtorches. The extra heat from the second torch will be enough to melt the end. Also works well for soldering larger silver rings too.

  18. gembeans
    gembeans says:

    Adore this!

  19. nutz4beadz
    nutz4beadz says:

    Beautiful orginal design, soooo jealous of all the talent in this gallery, sigh.

  20. NY Bella
    NY Bella says:

    Absolutely gorgeous!

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    stringsringsandbaubles says:

    This is very unique. A statement piece that is incredibly creative.

  22. Fresh Baked
    Fresh Baked says:

    Wow, thanks for your comments. Glad you like this piece and appreciate the fact that you all take the time to give me feedback.

    Hey, Deb–this did work out to be a thicker looking neck cord because I used three lengths of 4 ply waxed linen. Gave me some options for how to string on the beads.

    And, Janet–thanks for the tip about using two torches for extra heat. I’ll have think about how to position them for the best effect.

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