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About this design:

I found these adorable tiny butterfly links and knew they would make a great multi-metal chain. They've been sitting around for a while.

I'm going to an "Institute" [formerly known as teacher inservice training] soon and wanted something to dress up a comfy tee. The Love is Patient pendant matched but it needed something more than chain but less than beads.

It's hard to see from the photos but I've alternated brass and copper butterflies. It's really cool in person.


Brass butterfly links. Copper butterfly links. Deconstructed silver oval chain. Ceramic Love is Patient pendant (suzieqbeads Etsy) and unglazed heart charms (scorchedearthonetsy).

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  1. Beadzilla aka Wanda
    Beadzilla aka Wanda says:

    I love this Julie! It’s simple yet elegant with the lovely heart pendant and cute butterfly chain. It will look wonderful with casual wear. Another superb piece Julie! :-D

  2. SquirrelGirl aka Angela
    SquirrelGirl aka Angela says:

    Oh Julie, this is so sweet! These components are to die for and you incorporated them so wonderfully into a fabulous design! I want this piece!

  3. Granny Nancy
    Granny Nancy says:

    This is so cute. How clever of you to create such an interesting piece. Love it.

  4. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    Aaaahh so pretty. I love the little butterfly links. The pendant is awesome and the dangly heart charms too.

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    Beadaholic1 says:

    I love this Julie! That pendant is charming, and the butterfly links just set it off.

  6. Asia
    Asia says:

    This is simply fantastic, where on earth did you find the links, they are perfect for your design :D

  7. Medieval Momma
    Medieval Momma says:

    This is just so adorable! The first thing that draws you in is the wonderful pendant. Then the multi metal chain WOW!

  8. Nancy Mc
    Nancy Mc says:

    I agree with the other chicks. This is a very cool and casual look. (And very creative,I might add).
    Natch..when I read that you were going to the “institute” it cracked me up. I was going to say, ”Good for you. Taking the first step is the best way to recovery.” I was picturing you going through other people’s suitcases for beads and bits of chain. (So you wouldn’t have to go “cold turkey.” LOL
    PS..Hope the nurses are nice. ;)

  9. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    Absolutely fabulous! I love everything about this! And do tell-where did you get the links??

  10. Crazy Beader
    Crazy Beader says:

    As you described, just perfect to dress up a comfy tee ! Like Nancy Mc, I laughed about you going to the “institute” and pictured lots of people in white coats – - – hope it’s more fun than it sounds.

  11. Julie Shane
    Julie Shane says:

    Wow! Thanks ladies.
    First, don’t you just love the term “Institute”??? The Dept of Education thinks it’s a better descriptor than “training.” I don’t think it will be *fun* which is why I knew I’d be needing a comfy tee… and cute jewelry.

    Second, the little links come from an Etsy shop called GemmeTresor. She has lots of other links and findings and other goodies too. I know I’ve been spending too much time on Etsy. As Nancy suggested, I need “treatment.” If you need more evidence of my “problem,” here’s a pic of Darcy helping me shop.


  12. Laud
    Laud says:

    I’m so attracted to the focal arrangement–hearts, circle work beautifully. Add in butterfly links and you’ve nailed that comfy, fun piece for your event.

  13. NY Bella
    NY Bella says:

    What a cool piece! Love the butterfly links! Enjoy the training- as if teachers were dogs- I always hated going to those meetings, especially in the summertime!!

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  15. Elis Mom
    Elis Mom says:

    Very cute!

  16. puppychick  labratbecky
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    Mary - Sweet Chick says:

    Awesome design Julie! Love it!

    And don’t you just love Suzieqbeads beads?!
    Cool stuff!

  18. RLMerder Designs
    RLMerder Designs says:

    This is adorable!

  19. Batticat
    Batticat says:

    This is wonderful casual jewelry. That must have been a lot of work connecting all the links. I like your mix of metals, too. Oh, and “Darcy” is the cutest ever!

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