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Vintage Fen

About this design:

Marsh plants and turtles in vintage, Vintaj brass and peach/pink toned beads.

FYI: I hammered all the fern leaves flat because I like how they hang when they are flat. They still retain their detail. I left the other Vintaj charms as is--the ivy leaves, turtles, and the pendant leaf all have their original "curl".

I have begun flattening some of my Vintaj charms because I saw it on their website and I liked how it makes some things look.


Vintaj brass chain, parawire, and charms, freshwater pearls, seed beads, all LB, Czech glass beads, my stash.

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  1. Beadzilla aka Wanda
    Beadzilla aka Wanda says:

    WOW!! This is so stunning! :) The texture, colors, sparkle and movement in this piece is out of this world! Love how the pearls fall onto the leaf, which makes it look like a shell with a pearl in it. The pendant looks like a darker shade then the picture shows here at Lima. Wondering if it is darker in person? I love it!!

  2. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    Thanks, Wanda! That pendant comes in different shades. I have several and they are all a bit different. I chose the darkest one because it matched the other brass pieces the best.

  3. Beadzilla aka Wanda
    Beadzilla aka Wanda says:

    Thanks Becky :) I have been at a loss for designing these days, and it is always a treat to look on Lima beads design page at all the wonderful work! Yours popped right off the page at me :)

  4. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    :) ! I had a block about 2 weeks ago so I know what you are going through. It’ll pass. :)

  5. Beadzilla aka Wanda
    Beadzilla aka Wanda says:

    Thanks for the vote of confidence :) I’m sure it will too. It might have to do with the fact that my husband(love him), surprised me at Christmas with a ton of beads from my wish list. I think I am just overwhelmed at all the stuff I have to look at :)

  6. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    What a guy!! Do you share him? ;)

  7. Beadzilla aka Wanda
    Beadzilla aka Wanda says:


  8. Crazy Beader
    Crazy Beader says:

    This is so stunning, Becky – - love how you flattened the fern leaves. And geez, Wanda, maybe you should hire out your husband as a consultant for Christmas ideas – - -

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    pearlsandme aka Monica says:

    Really beautiful, Becky! So well combined, and the wirework is impeccable, but that is what I would expect of you :-)
    A bit of hinting about your hobby just before Christmas can be a good thing, I’ve noticed… but he hasn’t found his way to my favorite pearl webshops yet…

  10. DayLily aka Del
    DayLily aka Del says:

    So pretty and retro. Great look.

  11. Granny Nancy
    Granny Nancy says:

    Awesome. Ditto to everyone’s opinions. It sooooo very elegant. The fashion designer in me would put that with a brown sequinned gown for the next Academy Awards show.

  12. Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick says:

    Great design! Love the vintage look! :)

  13. Laud
    Laud says:

    Wow. I just saw this on Etsy, didn’t note that it was yours, and thought to myself, ‘Now there’s someone with talent!’ Had to click off before favoriting (dog emergency), but I’ll get back to it. As for here, GOOD JOB!

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

    Beautifully elegant – a wonderful piece.

  15. Elis Mom
    Elis Mom says:

    Becky, this is exquisite! The color combo with the brass is just gorgeous, and I do love all the movement of the brass charms. I had read about flattening the Vintaj pieces, but never tried. Will give it a go maybe.

    Love this one….hope you are asking a pretty penny…it’s worth every bit! :)

  16. Gail Layne
    Gail Layne says:

    WOW! This has got to be my all time favorite piece of yours! It’s just marvelous! I love the retro Victorian flair with a bit of modern edge. WOW!

  17. foxhill designs vt
    foxhill designs vt says:

    Beautiful design, Becky! The pearls are really lovely with the brass. :D

  18. Asia
    Asia says:

    Beautiful, the soft pink and peachy hues are gorgeous with the Vintaj brass and that comes from not a pink me. Glad to see you are using free tutorials from the internet, once you start looking you want have time for sleep. :D

  19. Julie Shane
    Julie Shane says:

    WOW!!! Speechless! Love the subtle color of the crystals. The Vintaj ferns are wonderful. Thanks for the idea and inspiration. :)

  20. GypsyMom
    GypsyMom says:

    Just wow :)

  21. Medieval Momma
    Medieval Momma says:

    Beautifully done!

  22. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    I cant really add to any of the great compliments here. Gorgeous work Becky…just gorgeous.

  23. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    Awwwww Thanks so much!!! I posted it on Etsy yesterday and it has already sold!! Guess I know what to focus on for a few more pieces. :)

  24. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    Asia- sadly, I already know what you mean! :)

  25. Nancy Mc
    Nancy Mc says:

    Becky~~~~~all i can say is UNBELIEVABLE!
    No wonder it’s already spoken for.

  26. Jmc
    Jmc says:

    I love the idea of hammering your Vintaj charms. I might have to try that. :)

  27. daisymae
    daisymae says:

    GORGEOUS piece! A favorite for sure. :D

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