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Scraps Again?

About this design:

There was this copper scrap on my work table. It was left over from a struggle on another necklace. The other necklace isn't going anywhere as we, the necklace and I, haven't come to an agreement on any part of it.

The current necklace was sorta made up as I went along. It was like Topsey it just grew. The beads on it are from my stash of bone beads. After I finished the center piece I decided to add beads to the chain (I didn't have enough of the chain to finish it). I'm not sure how I feel about it but I think I like it. I'll just ignore it for a week or so then reevaluate the design. Indecision is the key to flexibility.....


24ga sheet copper, bone beads, copper beads. metallic seed beads (about 11/0 I think), 6/0 seed beads, my favorite copper chain from LB

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  1. Stingray
    Stingray says:

    I think it looks great. It would look cool with some spiral drops on the bottom but it looks wonderful just as is, too.

  2. dolllady aka Pam
    dolllady aka Pam says:

    I love this piece.

  3. Robin nursechick
    Robin nursechick says:

    I like it just the way it is too! And the story is awesome as well. A meeting of the minds is always the hope, but sometimes you have to put your foot down – these beads can be an unruly group

  4. BevB
    BevB says:

    I love what you’re doing with your scraps. Great necklace!

  5. Beady Little Eyes
    Beady Little Eyes says:

    Very nice LRC – those beads are so much fun. Another great design. I love the way you use scraps.
    I’m having the same problem with a necklace as you – back in the box today after months of mismanagement. Moody beads.

  6. Fresh Baked
    Fresh Baked says:

    Always love reading about designers thinking processes. I agree that sometimes pieces need to sit around for a bit and “percolate”. I do like the addition of beads to the chain that gives this balance. Nice!

  7. Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary says:

    Wonderful! Beauty from scraps! The beads up the sides look great–they add a unified feel to the necklace. I like how you staggered the bone ‘drops’ in the front–they’re impressive hanging from the hammered copper piece. Yes, I too have a few projects in ‘time-out’ waiting for another look. Sometimes when you look again after some time, you can see what works and what doesn’t work. Great technique when unsure about a design.

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    MH says:

    Love it- great thought out use of scraps!

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    Melody F says:

    Love it! What guage wire are you usung here?

  10. Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick says:

    Thanks so much everyone. It’s good to know you enjoy my scrap creations. They are fun to play around with.

    Melody, for the kind of work I usually do I use 24ga sheet metal. I cut it with tin snips or metal shears so anything heavier poses a problem for me. The only time I use lighter weight is if I am experimenting with form folding. Haven’t done much of that yet but it is on my bucket list which just keeps getting longer and longer.

  11. kye
    kye says:

    I’m kinda late to the party but I love your scrap work. This necklace is just wonderful. I hope you leave it as is. Such a wonderful design. I love your words “indecision is the key to flexibility”. So true!

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