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Bluebird of Happiness

About this design:

This is the piece that corresponds to my Pick of the same name, and uses my little polymer birdie. =^__^=

I handforged the circles using 12 Gauge Copper Wire, ran the Artisan Copper blank through the BigKick and punched three holes, then sanded the back of the holes to make them smooth and Patinated the piece using Vintaj Patinas in a mix of Verdigris, Marble, and Jade. I then dapped it using my dapping block for a domed appearance. I also made the oval JumpRings holding the connector and the Headpin using 16 Gauge Artisan Copper Wire. I am really pleased with how this one came out.


Blue/Teal Sari Silk, SAKI Bronze Cones, Rough faceted Aquamarine Nuggets, Amazonite Rounds, Toho or Miyuki Seedbeeds in Blackberry, Swarovski Crystals, 12 Gauge Copper Wire, 16, 20, and 24 Gauge Vintaj Artisan Copper Parawire, Vintaj Artisan Copper Blank, Acorn Bead Caps, and Teensy Leaf Charm, Solid Copper Oval Chain, Vintaj Patina, Blue Chalcedony Lightly Faceted Briolette, Handmade (by me)Polymer Birdie

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

    This is an amazing piece – it has an ethereal glow to it – beautiful. You should indeed be pleased.

  2. Ginger Gem Crafts Kerry
    Ginger Gem Crafts Kerry says:

    This is gorgeous. I love the colors, they are so serene, and the difference with the ribbon on one side and the beads on the other is beautiful and makes it stand out wonderfully.

  3. Fatima
    Fatima says:

    very beautiful…

  4. Crazy Beader
    Crazy Beader says:

    What an enormous amount of effort this must have taken – - clearly you love to do it because the end result is simply stunning ! Love all of the elements, especially the ones you made.

  5. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    Lovely…your little PC bird is so delicate looking and I like the bird connector. Gorgeous color.

  6. Gail Layne
    Gail Layne says:

    It all came together wonderfully! You should be pleased!

  7. Beadzilla aka Wanda
    Beadzilla aka Wanda says:

    Love the way this whole piece turned out! So pretty!

  8. Asia
    Asia says:

    Loving the whole thing :D

  9. Granny Nancy
    Granny Nancy says:

    What a beautiful necklace and blue bird. I love blue birds. I’ve often wondered how you attach the sari so that it doesn’t come off. The aquamarine nuggets are awesome. Its all awesome. I’m sure you are VERY proud and you should be.

  10. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    Sonja this is wonderful! Your metalworking skills are excellent and the entire design is exquisite!

  11. DayLily aka Del
    DayLily aka Del says:

    Love this. Big fan of amonzonite.

  12. daisymae
    daisymae says:

    This is beautiful! The blues are fabulous and the design is gorgeous! Love your little bird too! :D

  13. SquirrelGirl aka Angela
    SquirrelGirl aka Angela says:

    I love this piece Sonja! All your hard work really paid off with a truly exquisite piece. I want that little PC birdie, he’s too adorable!

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    Janet Miriam says:

    Love all the elements and how you arranged them to make such a beautiful necklace!

  15. Sonja J
    Sonja J says:

    Thank you so much, everyone! I appreciate the support and encouragement, it really makes my day! After hearing so much positive from everyone here about my birdie necklace, I put her up on my Etsy tonight-despite the fact that I really want to take better pictures of her. Oh well, I can always change the pictures later! =^___^=

  16. Sonja J
    Sonja J says:

    This piece just got selected to be in the July 1st issue of Jewelry Affaire magazine! I’m so excited I might burst-I’ve never been published before, and this was my first time submitting anything to a magazine! I have to write a little how-to and descriptive article by March 7, and I will receive a free copy of the magazine when it comes out. I just HAD to share my excitement with all the wonderful people on here who always encourage me and make my days brighter! =^_____^=

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