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Victorian Romance

About this design:

I happened, by sheer luck, to win several ceramic beads and pendant by Gaea on eBay from someone who was clearing out her stash. She didn't list them as such, but they looked familiar and were lovely, so I took a chance, and lo-and-behold, when they arrived, the back stated "Gaea 2004" to my delight. This is the first piece using one of them. I tried to mix Vintaj Patina to match/coordinate with the mauve shade on the pendant, using Lapis,Cinnabar, and Marble. The Vintaj Brass heart blank was embossed with the Nouveau Roses Die using the BigKick, and colored with my custom mix. The Vintaj Brass etched chain on the right was also colored with the blend. I tried to keep things simple, to enhance the lovely pendant. It is attached with Mauve colored Hemp Cord and 26 Gauge Vintaj Brass Parawire.


Vintaj Brass Parawire 22,24,26 Gauge; Vintaj Brass JumpRings; Vintaj Brass Eyepins; Vintaj Brass Chain; Vintaj Brass Heart Blank; Vintaj Brass BeadCaps; Vintaj Patinas in Lapis, Cinnabar, and Marble; Vintaj Glaze; Vintaj Nouveau Roses Die and BigKick; Gaea Ceramic Heart from 2004; Two Pink Quartz Faceted Briolettes; Smooth Muscovite Rounds; Swarovski Round Pearls in Powder Almond; Creamy Freshwater Seed Pearls; Swarovski Bicone Crystals from the "Star" Mix; Pink Organic Triangle-ish Shaped Crystal from Michael's; Mauve Hemp Cord

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

    This is delightful; has a delicate feel to it; beautiful piece.

  2. Crazy Beader
    Crazy Beader says:

    Very pretty indeed, Sonja – - congrats on your good luck getting the pendants, and especially for putting them to such good use !

  3. Julie Shane
    Julie Shane says:

    LOVELY!!! Your heart is the perfect complement. The bits of stone and pearl and beads create a wonderful asymmetry.

  4. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    Beautiful! Great job!

  5. Peggy3
    Peggy3 says:

    So romantic and a great find on the Gaea pendants

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    Beadaholic1 says:

    The title suits this piece perfectly! What a stroke of luck to get the Gaea! Love the asymmetry and components in it…great design!

  7. Asia
    Asia says:

    Beautiful and a great bargain too :D

  8. DayLily aka Del
    DayLily aka Del says:

    Beautiful. I love the the elegance of the design.

  9. BeadlingatMonsterPajamas
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  10. AllureofGemsGlamJulia
    AllureofGemsGlamJulia says:

    Beautiful work :)

  11. Gail Layne
    Gail Layne says:

    Just love the soft, romantic color. You did a fantastic job with the patinas!! The embossed heart looks like it was made to go with the pendant and the faceted drops are a perfect accent.

  12. Warped Wire Studio
    Warped Wire Studio says:

    You did a beautiful job with the design!! I really like how you wrapped different bead types together. Marvelous job– romantic indeed!

  13. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    Lucky you to win that! This is very sweet and romantic.

  14. Fresh Baked
    Fresh Baked says:

    I’ll add a “Lucky you!” as well. Gaea is a fantastic maker of beads and components and you’ve created a lovely necklace to showcase your finds.

  15. Sonja J
    Sonja J says:

    Thank you, everyone! I feel pretty lucky-I’m going to try and make something with another of the pieces tonight. I’ve been organizing all my stuff, so maybe I can actually find something to match now! =^____^=

  16. Jmc
    Jmc says:

    That was lucky. I love what you did to the beads. :)

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