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Mystical Forest

About this design:

It started with the button.....I loved the button but what to do with it? It was big and rather bulky. Kind of overwhelming in fact. So what do you think? Is it too much?


Brass chain, connectors, wire and decorative jump rings from LB. Czech glass beads and peacock from Etsy. Button from EBay.

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  1. Nafri aka Nanci
    Nafri aka Nanci says:

    Gail, I love this piece! The button is sooo cool. All of the elements and the way you put them together are perfect. I wouldn’t change a thing :)

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    Beadaholic1 says:

    Great design and that button is awesome!

  3. Asia
    Asia says:

    Fantastic, gorgeous button too :D

  4. CAS
    CAS says:

    Oooooohhhhh … aaaaahhhhh … wonderful piece! Like the others I love the button. :D

  5. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    Great design Gail. Love the peacock focal. The button is so cool….how can you bear to hide it in back?

  6. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    PERFECT! I love it that there will be a focal in front and in back! :)

  7. Beadzilla aka Wanda
    Beadzilla aka Wanda says:

    Love how you placed all the elements, it’s gorgeous Gail!

  8. SquirrelGirl aka Angela
    SquirrelGirl aka Angela says:

    It’s beautiful Gail! Like Becky said, love that you have a focal in the front and the back!

  9. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    See because my hair is so long no one ever sees anything back there….so I only put tiny pretty things back there. And large things get caught in my hair.

  10. Medieval Momma
    Medieval Momma says:

    Love this, the button is awesome! Like Deb I have long hair so I would hate to hide it. But the whole composition is so great it just might be worth getting a radical new haircut.

  11. Gail Layne
    Gail Layne says:

    Thanks guys!

    Deb, I thought about using the button as a focal on its own but it’s really heavy and it wouldn’t hang right. Apparently it consists of parts of an antique Czech button reconfigured. Since I have long hair too, I figured I’d just wear it up when I wanted to wear this.

  12. Gail Layne
    Gail Layne says:

    If anyone has any suggestions for making a focal out of the button, I’m all for it! I have two more I purchased at the same time with different motifs that are constructed similarly and are equally heavy. There is only a very small “blip” on the back for a shank. Just big enough for a small jump ring or thread. Suggestions?

  13. Nafri aka Nanci
    Nafri aka Nanci says:

    Gail, maybe you could very carefully cut off the tiny shank and then Vintaj filigree wrap the button. Using one of the small to medium size filigrees so you don’t cover too much of the fabulous button. When you wrap the button be sure you leave places in the filigree where you can attach jump rings, so that you will have a way to connect your necklace to the focal. If you try this, have fun and be sure to post it!

  14. Gail Layne
    Gail Layne says:

    Nancy-Now THAT’S a wonderful idea!! Funny too, I have several pieces of filigree already in my basket which I was going to use to try and convert an antique pin that was my grandmothers. Don’t know why I never thought of it for a button! Not sure I could cut the tiny loop that’s on the button ( you couldn’t fit cutters under it) but couldn’t I make a small hole for it in the filigree??

  15. Gail Layne
    Gail Layne says:

    Here’s the little blip, which is actually smaller than it looks in the picture


  16. KatsAllThat
    KatsAllThat says:

    Really a wow!

  17. Nafri aka Nanci
    Nafri aka Nanci says:

    Gail, it looks like you might be able to place the cutters against the length of the shank and cut it that way. If it leave sharp edges you might be able to push whats left flat with the flat part of the nose of your pliers or file it down. It doesn’t have to be perfect because the filigree will cover it any way. Always remember, if there’s a will there’s a way. Necessity truly is the mother of invention! Good luck and don’t forget to let us see what you come up with :)

  18. A Little Pizzaz aka Judy
    A Little Pizzaz aka Judy says:

    Absolutely love this; delicate and intricate design. Perfect!

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