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Birds Of A Feather

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I've trying my hand at bezels...most of the time they don't turn out. This one I thought was better than the rest. I had the idea to have it hanging from a log I never used...not a great idea. Although, after I glued certain parts I got it to hang right. The Hummingbird didn't turn that great. The last two are what to do with the painted leather beads.


brass bezel, Gilder's Paste, Russian Amazonite, Apatite, Aquamarine, raspberry mop beads, flower beads, Lucite flower, PC button and bead, Golem focal, sunflower bead, Agates, Czech glass, Amazonite flower, copper links, copper hook and waxed linen and assorted dangles

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  1. Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary says:

    Jane, you are so creative! I’m not sure what you did with the bezel, but I really like the results. I like how the colors are muted & meld together under the haze of the gilders paste. Did you apply the bird somehow to the bezel frame? It’s a great piece. Also, thanks for posting how you used the leather beads. I purchased several, but am not sure how to use them. Love what you did! I like the natural vibe with all the strings & bits in the focal piece. And their lightweight nature makes them perfect for earrings. You’ve been on a roll for sure!

  2. sweetjane
    sweetjane says:

    Thanks CC…the bird is from some tissue paper I wrap orders in….I modge podge it on the brass bezel..which I had applied gilders paste to. Then I used Diamond Glaze on it…the bezel is so shallow it didn’t need a lot of resin on it. I ‘ve got one more bezel to create with, but I’m not sure how I want to do it. It will be my last piece before surgery. Yikes! I’ve got 14 more days!

  3. dolllady aka Pam
    dolllady aka Pam says:

    I really love all three pieces. I bought some of the leather beads use on chain necklaces and earrings. You have given me some ideas.

  4. Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary says:

    Hang in there Jane–the anticipation is probably worse than the procedure will be. I wondered if the bird was tissue paper–it’s a wonderful effect.

    Pam, I think the idea of stringing the leather beads on chain is great–I’m going to look & see if they will fit on any of my necklace chains in my jewelry box!

  5. Maggies Mom
    Maggies Mom says:

    Very creative and unique, as usual, Jane! Love the leather bead use especially.

  6. K Ralston
    K Ralston says:

    I love these. I’ve been thinking of trying to play with resin and this inspires me for sure. And you KNOW I love the birds in your designs. You’re going to get though this surgery quickly. And then hopefully you can do even more without the pain.

  7. Granny Nancy
    Granny Nancy says:

    Jane, that necklace is so pretty. It sounds like you painted the leather bells. I used to like to paint. Would like to do more.

  8. Beady Little Eyes
    Beady Little Eyes says:

    Lovely designs sweetjane. Always love your choices for beads and all the little additions. Love the tissue paper bird.
    I’ll be thinking of you and wish you a quick recovery.

  9. sweetjane
    sweetjane says:

    Thanks for all the kind words! I have one more bezel I did and that’s about it. I’m not looking forward to the next 4 to 6 weeks….I have a feeling it will be a little longer than that before I can make jewelry again.

  10. kye
    kye says:

    I almost missed these. They’re all neat. The tissue bird is really interesting and inventive. I really like what you did with the leather beads. I’ve been wondering what I could do with them. They’re so fun.

  11. iSaraTex
    iSaraTex says:

    Your feel for color, and use of it is inspirational. So many are afraid of color, but not you, lol!!! I truly love your creativity in color AND design.
    Thank you.

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