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Morning has Broken

About this design:

Loved the leaves from Missficklemedia but, because of their irridecence, were they ever hard to pair other beads with! When I finally settled on the Abalone sticks, I wanted to their colors to really show. So instead of being strung they are on a bar of 20g hammered copper(a few beads were reamed in that process!) A funky handmade clasp was added that really does look much better in person than in the pictures! The necklace length is also adjustable. So what do you think? As usual, it turned out different than my plan. Is it too much?


Rough Citrine nuggets, Abalone sticks, Kazuri Pit Pats and Mini Shales, Czech glass rounds, copper chain and wire (LB), Missficklemedia leaves.

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  1. BeadlingatMonsterPajamas
    BeadlingatMonsterPajamas says:

    Love the colors! What a fantastic piece!

  2. Bettys Beads
    Bettys Beads says:

    A statement piece for sure. Love it.

  3. Beadzilla aka Wanda
    Beadzilla aka Wanda says:

    It sure has broken! I can see the sun with a bright orange sky, peeking through the beautiful evergreen trees! Such a statement, Gail! Love it!

  4. Fresh Baked
    Fresh Baked says:

    Such pretty spring time colors and garden theme.

  5. Blooming Ideas
    Blooming Ideas says:

    A striking piece!

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    Beadaholic1 says:

    This shrieks spring and the promise of things to come…we sure need it with this screwy winter we’ve had! There is so much to look at and take in–I LOVE pieces like this! Kudos Gail, its a winner!

  7. Sonja J
    Sonja J says:

    Absolutely gorgeous! The colors are stunning, and you showcased them beautifully! This would look beautiful with a flowing white or cream dress to really show off the textures and shades captured within! =^__^=

  8. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    I think it looks like a basket of vegetables fresh out of the garden. Leave it as it! It’s yummy!!

  9. Beading Hippie  Shawn
    Beading Hippie Shawn says:

    oh my! Very unusual and wonderful!

  10. Chicky Zee aka Alice
    Chicky Zee aka Alice says:

    Stunning piece !

  11. perlym
    perlym says:

    Such a wonderful blend of colors—truly awesome.

  12. Gail Layne
    Gail Layne says:

    Thanks so much for all the wonderful comments! You all really made my day! I was really nervous about this one. I’m not sure why, maybe because it’s rather different and I had a lot of fiddling time invested in it! :-)
    Becky- I can totally see that! I didn’t notice it before but, yeah….

  13. Asia
    Asia says:

    I love it, such a great mix of some of my favorite beads and I love the bar idea :D

  14. Peggy3
    Peggy3 says:

    wow. love the burst of color

  15. KatsAllThat
    KatsAllThat says:

    WOW>>>the colors are just fabulous!!

  16. Laud
    Laud says:

    What a beautiful piece! I bought those leaves, too, and you’re right: they’re hard to pair with other things. You made great choices.

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

    Drop-dead gorgeous – love it. All your color choices were right on target – wonderful piece.

  18. S Clifton
    S Clifton says:

    I love this Gail it reminds me of carnival in my country so colorful and pretty.

  19. Peggy3
    Peggy3 says:

    im back to look at this beauty again ;) .

    I really like the leaves focal. what are they made of?

  20. Warped Wire Studio
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  21. Gail Layne
    Gail Layne says:

    Thanks again everyone!

    Peggy- The leaves are actually shells that have had patina dribbled over them.

  22. DayLily aka Del
    DayLily aka Del says:

    So beautiful and unusual. I love all the different textures.

  23. JC Hamm
    JC Hamm says:

    I have no words, and besides everyone else aready said it all. Just stunning, and oh how I want!!!. Awesome design. You rock!!!!!!


  24. C witt
    C witt says:

    I love this!!!!!!

  25. C witt
    C witt says:

    I’m from Florida and this reminds me of home. Wonderful piece

  26. daisymae
    daisymae says:

    GORGEOUS Gail! I LOVE IT! The color combo is absolutely fabulous! It is so luminescent! Perfect pairing with the leaves! :)

  27. Julie Shane
    Julie Shane says:

    Gail, this is AMAZING! I just bought 3 different colors of these fabulous leaves from Missficklemedia. I knew they’d be a challenge to design with, but I knew they’d be stunning. You have proven that is true! :)

  28. Sylvia H
    Sylvia H says:

    This is my kind of necklace. Bold and beautiful. You took a walk on the wild side with this one. Love it!

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