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Copper Owl Set

About this design:

Quite a few years back, we had a pair of Great Horned Owls nest in a large tree in the back of our property. They had a baby owl—he was so cute & fuzzy. We watched them with binoculars & enjoyed the experience tremendously. Owls often would keep us up at night with their ‘hooting’. I fondly remember silently laying there awake listening to their calls. I created a fresh pick named Copper Owl after recently hearing owls in our new neighborhood. But you know how it goes—my vision didn’t exactly work out using the beads I originally planned—I guess most designs morph in the process—don’t they? :)


Patricia Healy copper owl (LB); Green Garnet faceted slabs (LB); Sunstone rondelles; Czech leaves, flowers (LB), green coins (LB); copper spacers; soldered rings; handmade copper hook patinated & waxed. **Bracelet also includes: Nunn owl charm (LB); Carnelian (LB), Czech leaves (LB), glass crystals, rolo chain, ball head pins, misc spacer beads

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    bluedog says:

    Oooooohhhhhhhh! Love all the different beads and textures. I have a hard time putting different beads together to make them look cohesive. This is wonderful:)

  2. Phoenix
    Phoenix says:

    Very nice! I agree with bluedog- as I have a hard time mixing and matching so many different types of beads in my designs. These are both beautiful. And the brown Czech leaves at the end of the necklace kind of gives the feel of tree bark to me.

  3. BevB
    BevB says:

    This is a beautiful set! I know what you mean about the design changing as you work. I have had that happen to me on several occasions. In the end I’m happy with the outcome.

  4. Beady Little Eyes
    Beady Little Eyes says:

    So beautiful Crystal. (I’ve been eyeing that Patricia Healy owl for a while also.)
    You did a wonderful job in your design- all the different beads work so well together. Love the leaves and the orange berries in the bracelet. Great work!

  5. sweetjane
    sweetjane says:

    I don’t think my designs ever turn out the way I had planned them to. T his, however couldn’t have turned out better CC…I love green with copper…especially your green coins!! With the Czech flowers and leaves…it definitely has that woodsy forest like feeling. Your bracelets always flow easily from your necklaces. Great design…as always!!!

  6. Fresh Baked
    Fresh Baked says:

    Inspiration can hit us any place along the way! Your final pieces are a gorgeous mix of design elements, color, shapes, and textures. They’ve got it all! I hope every time you wear these, they bring back fuzzy memories of the baby owl.

  7. Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary says:

    Thank you all very much for the encouraging words. I love Patricia Healey’s pieces as they are so fun & whimsical. I tend to hold on to them, waiting for just the right inspiration. Phoenix, you saw my vision–He’s suppose to be sitting within the leaves of the tree!

  8. kye
    kye says:

    Oh wow CC! What a wonderful set! Such a great mix of beautiful colors textures and memories. I especially like the way you used ball headpins on the bracelet. I love the way you are inspired by nature and tell us the story. My pieces always change from my original idea. Sometimes they have a mind of their own I think.

  9. Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick says:

    Love the owl! Great color and a terrific design.

  10. K Ralston
    K Ralston says:

    Ahhhh. I love the owl. All these stones are beautiful. And then there’s the other owl dangle on the bracelet as well. It all comes together so perfectly. I agree that designs seem to do what they want to do sometimes and we are just along for the ride – and to do all the work, of course.

  11. SF Girl
    SF Girl says:

    Beautiful! I love it all, especially how these two go together so well without being “matching”.

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    bluedog says:

    LRC! There you are!!!

  13. Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary says:

    I appreciate all of you taking the time to comment on my post. I so enjoy being able to interact with other who love to bead & create. This was a fun set to make–but it went through many versions first. When I came across the Green Garnet slabs, it started to take a direction that I could see in my mind. Thanks again–Have a great weekend everyone!

  14. Robin nursechick
    Robin nursechick says:

    CC, this is such an awesome set. love anything owl! I especially love your bracelet. Beautiful!

  15. Jogi
    Jogi says:

    I agree with everyone else, these are beautiful and I am glad that you kept at it to design these two. I love the green garnet and I just love your bracelet! Ooooooohhhhhhs and Aaaaahhhhhhhhs all of the way!

  16. Melody F
    Melody F says:

    A real bead collector’s set! I love both pieces. You did a beautiful job expressing your inspiration. Thank you so much for sharing. I’m learning a lot from the Lima Beads regulars.

  17. Maggies Mom
    Maggies Mom says:

    So nice … I’m late to comment, but I agree with everyone else!

  18. Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary says:

    Thanks everyone! I truly value all your kind words. :)

  19. Fat Redhead Designs
    Fat Redhead Designs says:

    Congrats CC…your design made Lima Bead’s front page

  20. Kimberlywilliams60
    Kimberlywilliams60 says:

    Oh my !! This is awesome !! I just adore owls and I too remember years ago listening silently to a pair call back and forth on summer nights in our backyard….this piece is absolutely beautiful

  21. Kimberlywilliams60
    Kimberlywilliams60 says:

    I meant this set is absolutely beautiful!!

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    angmoore2011 says:

    This is an amazing set! The Bead and component selections are blended perfectly in a beautifully artistic and feminine way! Doesn’t hurt that these are my favorite colors! ❤️ Anyone’s day would be full of joy wearing these pieces! Thank you for sharing!

  23. K Alvey
    K Alvey says:

    I adore your personal owl story. This makes your work so meaningful! Your choice of colors are beautiful and the designs of both pieces are delightful. Nicely done.

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