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Red Birds

About this design:

I haven’t made anything in a while due to the horrible ‘virus’ I caught, and I can say it’s taking a long while to get over. This is a simple piece that allowed me to therapeutically make bead links for the chain without taxing my mind too much. I didn’t realize the tiny beads would present a challenge, as after a while my hands started to ache. I was glad to finally complete the two long strands. Adding the leaves to the rollo chain completed the calm & uncomplicated look I was trying to achieve. I look forward to getting back to beading again!


Resin bird focal, Czech leaves (LB), TierraCast links & bail (LB), rollo chain, faceted glass rice beads & antique brass pins for handmade chain. AB findings

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  1. dolllady aka Pam
    dolllady aka Pam says:

    This is beautiful! I love ring and bail chain connector. The whole piece is a real work of art and dedication.

  2. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    Absolutely gorgeous Crystal. That red beaded chain is amazing, a testament to your dedication because that’s a lot of looping!! Thus necklace is perfection!

    I’m sorry to hear you’ve been sick. Several friends on FB have been also and they all say the recovery is long and hard. But they all are doing well now. Just take it one day at a time.

  3. Beady Little Eyes
    Beady Little Eyes says:

    Crystal – Such a lovely design. I love your handmade chain and all the components. And your birdie focal is perfect.
    So sorry to hear you haven’t been feeling well. I think beading will help to make things better.

  4. Althea A
    Althea A says:

    Crystal, so glad you are feeling well enough to start beading again. The necklace is beautiful. I specially like your handmade chain and the cluster of Czech glass leaves. You have amazing patience to make all those links!

  5. Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary says:

    Thanks so much for the warm words of encouragement. It’s been about a month & a half, and I can say, I’m feeling sooo much better. I really thought I wasn’t going to get through it. Hubby took good care of me. I’m just so grateful it didn’t settle in my respiratory system and end me in the hospital. Once my head cleared at the two week point, all I could do was sit in a recliner & think about jewelry designs. My eyes hurt so bad, that I couldn’t even focus to look at the tv or computer. I’m excited to start putting some of those ideas to work–let’s just hope they translate into actual designs and weren’t just delusional! Thanks again everyone.

  6. Chicky Red-haired Grammy
    Chicky Red-haired Grammy says:

    Welcome back to the living, m’dear! Bear in mind that much wonderful art has been created whilst the artist was delusional! Love this piece!

  7. JenJouterie
    JenJouterie says:

    This necklace is beautiful. I admire your dedication to looping all of those beads. I especially like the rollo and pendant attachment part.

  8. sweetjane
    sweetjane says:

    Crystal…so very glad to see a creation of yours and your well enough to get back to beading. This is a gorgeous necklace…it was time well spent. Looking forward to seeing more !!

  9. SquirrelGirl aka Angela
    SquirrelGirl aka Angela says:

    This piece is exquisite. I love all the components you used and how you put them together. All of your wire work with the chain really puts it over the top. Your designs are always so inspiring. So glad to hear that you are feeling better and are now on the mend.

  10. Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary says:

    *All of you are so very kind–thank you for the wonderful comments. I do enjoy linking beads, and can say, I have many pieces using this technique. The movement linking gives really appeals to me, especially for bracelets.
    *Merilee, thanks for the vote of confidence! :)
    *Angela, so good to hear from you! Hope you are doing well. So wish we still had the messaging feature here at LIma. You know how much I love your work!

  11. Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick says:

    Wonderful color and great design. The red beads remind me of lady bugs having a party and line dancing. (That is a weird thought.) Love the look and the joyful color.

  12. Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary says:

    LRC, Love the thought of Ladybugs–I can see them too! Maybe the shape of the rice beads, a quick glance, and our anticipation for warmer weather has us seeing bugs. This morning, our garden seeds are starting to break through the ground–I can’t wait for all those yummy zucchini! :)

  13. Robin nursechick
    Robin nursechick says:

    CC- love your necklace- it’s so original and fresh. Love it! So sorry to hear you’ve been I’ll. I too have had some health issues that frankly just zapped all my creativity and desire. I’m not sure I’m back or not. Best wishes for a full recovery

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