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Plum Orchard

About this design:

My parents have always had a variety of fruit trees and I always remember the pink flowering plum trees. I especially remember how happy the honey bees were when the trees would flower and they would buzz around from flower to flower collecting nectar and pollen. I made sure to include 2 happy little tiny bee charms as well as a bird along the chain. The Vintaj tree was a perfect pendent and I put a small ammnt of patina on it just to make it look a little bit more rustic. Then I distressed it to bring out the brass detail. I used my metal punch and punched the 5 holes for flowers, ‘plums’, and jump rings. The bead caps were painted with ‘fern’ patina before adding to the fire polished Czech glass round beads which added a nice leaf effect. The pink and purple flowers are also Czech glass and I added a copper leaf to each one before wrapping the top of each pin. The silk ribbon is representing the greenery of spring and adds a nice softness to the chain. Clasp is Vintaj swirl. I hope you enjoy this piece as much as I enjoyed making it!


Vintaj tree, Vintaj Chain, Vintaj tiny bee charms (2), Vintaj flying bird connector, Vintaj bead Caps, Vintaj jump rings and pins. Also – Czech glass beads, Ranger patinas, Silk ribbon.

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  1. N Taylor
    N Taylor says:

    Did you enter this in the Vintaj Plum competition? This is very nice.

  2. Laud
    Laud says:

    What a wonderful way to use that tree! The whole piece is just lovely.

  3. sweetjane
    sweetjane says:

    How unique and delightful!! I absolutely love it!

  4. Beadzilla aka Wanda
    Beadzilla aka Wanda says:

    Beautiful depiction. Love it!

  5. nutz4beadz
    nutz4beadz says:

    Wowza! This is an outstanding piece, I love, love, love it. Wonderful depiction of fruit tree memories, sigh.

  6. RLMerder Designs
    RLMerder Designs says:

    Yes I entered into the Vintaj Plum Orchard competition. There were many really beautiful entries!

  7. Eeka Mouse
    Eeka Mouse says:

    This is a marvelous use of that tree!

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    Beadaholic1 says:

    This is stunning! I love it, and hope you win the competition!

  9. Cathy H Chocolate Chick
    Cathy H Chocolate Chick says:

    This is beautiful! I love that tree pendant, but never knew how to incorporate other components. You did a wonderful job and I love your story to explain it all. :)

  10. Granny Nancy
    Granny Nancy says:

    I am speechless. How lovely in every respect.

  11. Crazy Beader
    Crazy Beader says:

    Fabulous design – - and I loved the description of your inspiration and the details of the necklace !

  12. Elis Mom
    Elis Mom says:

    This is so lovely! I love the inspiration behind the piece, and it depicts your story perfectly!

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    Ed C says:

    Great! Fantastic! Every other superalitive you can think of!

  14. RLMerder Designs
    RLMerder Designs says:

    P.S – I am being published in Bead it Today with this piece- Sept edition ! Super excited :)

  15. Peggy3
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  16. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    What a gorgeous necklace you’ve created! I love everything about it! Good luck in the contest! :D

    Congrats on this piece being selected for publication! So exciting!!! 8)

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