Saturday, May 10, 2014

Bead Soup Blog Party # 8 - the day is here!

Welcome to yet another Bead Soup Blog Party! #8 to be exact :)

BSBP is one of the few blogosphere events I try to participate every they are hosted. Lori Anderson of Pretty Things is a lovely artist who takes on this herculean task of hosting the parties, now once a year. They are humongous parties, I forgot the number of participants this year, but it's somewhere close to 500. Trust me, that's a lot of work to organize! So a big Thank You! from the start to Lori.

My partner this time is Penny Neville of Copper Penny Designs, from Alberta - a fellow Canadian. Not only that, she sent me mostly Canadian art beads, and it was a true pleasure to work with her 'soup' ingredients.

I'll keep it short -this is my original soup, for more details on it please check a previous post, right here.

Soup ingredients from Penny Neville of Copper Penny Designs: focal by Marie-Noel Voyer-Cramp of Skye Jewels, polymer clay by Elaine Robataille, a little mushroom by Bubly and McGurk Beads, lampwork by Ericabeads, a lovely copper toggle and button, Czech glass leaves, faceted jade, pearls, lucite :: All Pretty Things

A lovely colour mix and a gorgeous bead mix all together. I have been stumped for a little bit, I am always stumped by lucite, and how to showcase them the right way. At first I wanted to incorporate everything in one piece. But the piece itself had a mind of its own and took a different approach :)

I started from metal: using copper washers, soldered them together, textured them, soldered them again (nothing like a good hammering to find out if your piece is holding itself together!), buffed, shined, and flame coloured the base.

Base for the Childhood memories garden: copper washers, metalsmith, colour with flame :: All Pretty Things

Hubby saw it and said "It's perfect like this"... hmm... but I still have stuff to add, now what?!

After a few days of keeping it on my desk and watching it carefully, I started to add more elements. Not too many, though, I didn't want to cover it anymore :) I am silly, I know.

I used the pearls for the flowers 'stamina' and 2 of the polymer clay beauties to connect the focal.

Childhood memories garden: ooak necklace detail ~ copper washers base, focal by Marie-Noel Voyer-Cramp of Skye Jewels, polymer clay by Elaine Robataille, pearls, lucite :: All Pretty Things

A new question presented itself: how to hang all this? As I am allergic to base metals, for me it's out of question to use copper or anything else other than silver or gold on the skin. That's why my neck-pieces are either thread-based, or fabric covered. As luck will have it, I found the perfect element: a piece of velvet from a costume I wore when I was very young!

Childhood memories garden: ooak necklace ~ copper washers base, focal by Marie-Noel Voyer-Cramp of Skye Jewels, polymer clay by Elaine Robataille, pearls, lucite, vintage velvet ribbon :: All Pretty Things

Perfect colour match, isn't it?! And a lovely childhood memory at the same time. Can you spell perfection?

I decided to name it 'Childhood memories garden' and I'm very happy with it :)

But that was only the focal! I still needed to use the clasp. Oh, my. Originally, I knotted the round and faceted beads on the Irish wax linen, thinking that will be my neck piece. But it didn't match the main piece anymore... and it was too short to use it as a necklace... so it became:

Wrap bracelet: copper toggle clasp, Irish wax linen, faceted jade, stone :: All Pretty Things

A wrap bracelet! My first one - and I do love wrap bracelets to pieces. So much so that since I decided it stays a bracelet I've wore it every single day. Love it!

The upside? If I find another toggle identical to this, I can transform it into a necklace - I'll show you when I'm done :)

This is my (short version of the) story and I'm definitely sticking to it :) More details can be seen in the slideshow below - enjoy!



First and foremost: thank you to Lori for organizing this wonderful event! I learn a lot, and I have tons of fun :)

Thank you to my lovely partner - I still have lots of ingredients to work with, and some ideas of earrings and bracelets to complete the 2 pieces done so far. Thank you, Penny, it has been a wonderful experience, and I'm looking forward to seeing what you created too :)

And last, but not least, thank you to all who visit and leave a note. I am honoured to have you stop by!

For a complete list of participants, please check Lori's post: Bead Soup Blog Party #8 - Participants list

133 comments:

  1. Love the copper washer base! The slide show is a wonderful addition to the blog.

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  2. OH! The washer base is amazing!! Love all the colors of your soup mix, and your finished pieces are beautiful!

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  3. Love the washer base and the colors in your bead soup. Well done!

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  4. Orange! What a beautiful necklace! I'm in love with every detail of it.
    Well done!
    Agata
    www.inaurem.pl

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  5. Your necklace is wonderful, the velvet and the metal, make it very special.

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  6. Your necklace looks so tactile, wish I could touch it lol. I love the colours they make me feel happy and the flame colouring you got on the washers is superb.

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  7. Love the ribbon necklace, such cool designs

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  8. Oh my, I am a sucker for metalsmith, (and orange) - I so love your necklace

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  9. Fabulous necklace from a lovely soup!

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  10. simply amazing! I enjoyed reading about your creative process.

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  11. Love your necklace Alicia - very original.

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  12. love the copper washers focal. gorgeous colours from flaming as well. I don't have metal allergies but some of my customers do and I struggle with how to make jewellery for them without using very expensive gold or sterling . great idea to recycle fabric.

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  13. I absolutely love what you've done with your soup! The necklace is to die for. Just my style. ;)

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  14. I have noticed a number of green and orange soup palattes. I love what you have done with yours. the use of the velvet is a great idea!

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  15. Love the way tour created a base for the necklace, great job!

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  16. Love it that you used the fabric and that it has sentimental value. Way to go on the soldering.

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  17. WOW, such beauty and imagination!! :)

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  18. This is so creative! I just love it! Awesome job!

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  19. Oh my Alisha, your necklace is stunning, very fitting for the statement necklace that are so popular these days. I love that you added a personal touch with the velvet ribbon, it looks like they were meant to be together. I love wrap bracelets too!! I had a great time with your soup as well and you were a wonderful partner! Can't wait for your friendship to continue!

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  20. Very pretty necklace and bracelet! Your slideshow is very cool!

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  21. Gorgeous pieces, really love the necklace. So glad you were able to work around the metal issue and the ribbon you used is so perfect on it too.

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  22. Love the way that you used the washers...very creative!

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  23. Very creative and attractive!

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  24. Alicia, your husband was right. The necklace is perfect with just a few embellishments. The bracelet is also quite nice. Great job. Jean

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  25. Whoa Alicia you rocked this party! What a clever design idea! Just love the necklace! You go girl!!

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  26. Awesome! Wonderful soldering! Embellished perfectly! Soup-er!

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  27. Beautiful as usual Alicia! That orange fabric really makes the necklace pop...and I really love the bracelet...may have to try some knotting....Thanks for joining and posting!

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  28. Love these, Alicia... you are so creative :)

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  29. Oh, wow! You knocked it out of the park with this soup! Your washer framework is genius and is the perfect backdrop to feature the flowers and focal. I adore the orange velvet you hung it on. Fantastic! And the bracelet is beautiful and light. :)

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  30. I love how you put the rings together to make necklace front to use...wonderful. It all works so well together. Bravo!

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  31. Wow - breathtaking! And so cheerful and fun - love it!

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  32. Alicia as always your metal work is fabulous. You added the perfect amount of flowers to the base. It is wonderful that you could include a childhood memory in your necklace.That will make your necklace very special. If the copper toggle on the bracelet bothers you , you might try painting the back of it with clear nail polish or spray paint where it touches your skin.

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  33. I love how you get the colors just right on the copper rings. With the added elements, it's absolutely perfect! Love the bracelet too!

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  34. Great pieces, love the childhood memories garden necklace, it is adorable! Great job!

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  35. I loved both of your pieces. Such a creative use of your lovely soup and the colors are just magnificent.

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  36. Wonderful pieces... I love both of them...and you give some ideas on how to treat the ribbon nicely....

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  37. I love the mixed media-organic look to the piece. I also love your use of positive/negative space. Beautiful piece.

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  38. Love love love it! I love the necklace and the use of the focal.

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  39. Gorgeous! Love the necklace-and such pretty ribbon!

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  40. You never fail to amaze me. The soldered piece pulls it all together.

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  41. Your necklace is beautiful! I loved your unique way you created that base...I am on my way over for a lesson on that! LOL!

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  42. Your pieces are beautiful. I love the slideshow component of your post too. Happy Mother's Day!

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  43. Beautiful pieces - love how the copper washers came together!

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  44. You showed perfect restraint! I love the copper, all on it's own it is architectural beauty. The light touch you gave with just the few additions and the simple wide cord, you're right - perfection. The slideshow is an inspired way to show off all the details, great work

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  45. I love your copper work and how beautifully you designed your necklace! The soft touch of that fabric neckpiece must be wonderful and looks terrific! I really love the wrap bracelet too!

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  46. This is really lovely. A beautiful mix of elements.

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  47. What a beautiful works of art, absolutely beautiful. I love the copper work so beautiful!

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  48. Alicia I love the orange necklace is very beautiful...you are very talent!!!

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  49. You are indeed very talented! Wonderful work!

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  50. Beautiful designs! love your copper work on the necklace.

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  51. Absolutely awesome memory garden necklace! Love it!

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  52. How very, very creative! I absolutely love the base you created for your necklace, beautiful!!

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  53. beautiful pieces Alicia, and I adore how you did that necklace with washers! and then ribbon!!! it is a masterpiece

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  54. Wow - so creative - Love everything!!

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  55. Awesome designs, a job well done!

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  56. What beautiful designs! The use of the washers was clever, functional, and hip! The wrap bracelet is colorful and lovely! Nice job! (The clasp is from Tierracast)

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  57. How creative of you to make the washers for the first one! Absolutely love it - the colors, textures, everything!

    The bracelet is gorgeous too - I love the clasp!

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  58. Love the use of the washers as the base for your soup!

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  59. The copper washer connector is really impressive!

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  60. Absolutely amazing! I love that idea.

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  61. Wow. That is just wow. I mean I actually exclaimed out loud. Well done.

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  62. That necklace is completely and totally off the hook amazing! I LOVE how you did that! Metal and Lucite CAN work together! You really should submit that to a magazine.

    I'm glad you got your wrap bracelet to work! I'm challenged with those.

    Thank you for participating over the years!

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  63. That necklace is simply stunning!

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  64. love the copper rings, and your repurposing of the ribbon. awesome piece

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  65. I love love love what you've done. A very special piece.

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  66. I absolutely love all you have done but that necklace is my fav....You did some amazing work on that piece....The design is brilliant and your soldering is A+ for sure...You are totally amazing...ty so much for sharing and can't wait to see the other piece you are going to share with us all later...bye for now
    http://jaacquelinesjewels.blogspot.com/

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  67. Childhood memories garden is my favorite ,I love the use of the velvet fabric and the butterfly focal plus flowers, beautiful.

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  68. Totally love your creations! Soldering together all of those washers as a base is such a clever idea, and it works so marvelously with those polymer clay flowers. It really is a little garden!

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  69. I love that base of soldered copper washers. What an ingenious idea! It works so well with your focal. Great job on the soup!

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  70. Love your focal, bet you haven't heard that! Really great work, love the colors too!

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  71. What lovely pieces, Your solderd copper is fantastic and wow did you get some beautiful colours on there!

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  72. Your copper base for that necklace is glorious!! great idea!!

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  73. isnt it great when a piece stirs up favourite memories - very pretty necklace

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  74. Really love what you did with the washers. I would absolutely wear that as a necklace. And then you made it even better with subtle accents from your soup and childhood. The wrap bracelet is lovely as well.

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  75. First of all, what a lovely centerpiece you created! I'm in awe that those are washers! Really beautiful job on everything!

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  76. Interesting way to mix everything. I love how it turned out! Kudos on some bead soup well served!

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  77. Congratulantions !
    Nu m-am gândit nici o clipă că acel costumş va crea asemenea reacţii!
    Sigur că pozele nu sunt pe măsura obiectului, mi-l imaginez, şi sunt sigură că e extraordinar !
    Felicitări şi la mai mare !
    mama.

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  78. The washer necklace is stunning - great colour and texture, not to mention creative. The bracelet looks like it is fun to wear.

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  79. Great job showing off that ultra cute focal. The whole child garden theme seems to really have come to life in your necklace.

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  80. Your pieces are both gorgeous! I just love the copper washer necklace! Fantastic job with your soup!

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  81. I love both pieces. The slide show was great.

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  82. Both necklaces are magnificent. I love what you did with your soup

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  83. Great job on all the pieces but my fav is the copper washer necklace..Bravo

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  84. I love what you did with the copper washers! Where did you find them? I've looked everywhere.

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  85. I love that copper base for your necklace. Perfect color and great way to accentuate that great focal. And the velvet from your childhood fits perfectly. Makes it very vintage and feminine feeling. Love that wrap bracelet, too. The toggle is really great with all the knotting and beads. I haven't tried a wrap bracelet yet. Looking forward to trying.

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  86. Wow! I just love the copper base to your necklace. It really starts it all off right and really highlights the focal. I hope that it is one you are keeping for yourself especially with that ribbon from your childhood.

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  87. *sigh* I really need to learn how to do that with copper! I really LOVE the focal and the restrained way you added elements to it.

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  88. Love the copper base, it gives character to your necklace. :) What a lovely soup!

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  89. Wow, I LOOOOVE that necklace!!! Love how you used the copper washers!! I agree with your hubby, the base was beautiful itself, but the embelishments made it perfect! Love the wrap bracelet, too!
    Alenka

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  90. I am as in awe of your ability with the metals, I so wish i could take something like washers and make beautiful jewelry from it.

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  91. Wow, Alicia, your metal skills are just superb; that washer necklace is just amazing...and the bracelet such a pretty change! Great work!

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  92. Absolutely love the butterfly necklace. Thank you so much for describing the technique you used to create the circle pattern piece. Stunning!

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  93. The fire painted copper and colours go so well together in the necklace! Serious eye candy:)

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  94. Very creative! I love the focal piece you made...gorgeous!

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  95. I love your necklace and appreciate seeing your soldered copper base-great idea!

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  96. This was such a great approach and I love the copper gins as the base

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  97. Absolutely Gorgeous designs! I love them both, but that necklace, WOW!! I love how you created the copper base, genius!

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  98. Wow! Love your copper base. Very, very impressive. The bracelet is beautiful too. Great job!

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  99. Wow, your style is fantastic. The necklace with Copper Washers is phenomenally beautiful. The second necklace is enchanting. Great work and beautiful designs!!

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  100. Beautiful jewelry!! And I loved reading your thoughts on creating it :)

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  101. I absolutely love your necklace and admire your ingenuity. Thank you for sharing with us how you do it too.
    Ana

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  102. Gorgeous necklace - those soldered washers turned out beautifully!

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  103. This are just gorgeous I love how you have coloured the rings and added just a few selected elements!
    Jackie

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  104. great idea for the base, also composition on the base is awesome! congrats!

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  105. I just love he washer base and I love the story behind the velvet! Really beautiful!!! Have a Blessed Day!!!

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  106. I love both of your pieces! You got a great bead soup & What a fabulous idea - the copper washers with the velvet ribbon! Very unique!! :)

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  107. I love love love the copper washer necklace! The ribbon was the perfect touch :)

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  108. Ahhhh - A woman and her torch! A wonderful thing to behold! 😉

    Your pieces are amazing! Love them!

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  109. I knew from pic of your soup that I'd love it because of the color palette but you knocked it out of the park!!! That necklace is amazing! I love the copper washer base and you added just the perfect elements to achieve a beautiful balance.

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  110. Very cool, necklace! I love what you created with the copper washers......amazingly creative work. The colours from the flame painting are stunning and you put in together very tastefully.

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  111. Wow, I love the necklace! The way you used the copper washers is so creative and gorgeous. I like it.

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  112. Your flame painting is amazing! I love the lucite flowers, pearl centers and art focal of your necklace. Beautiful! And your wrap bracelet is so pretty! I'm in love with the colors of your soup & jewelry -- the warmth is so wonderful! The green & orange of your bracelet is a colorway I'm so wanting to work in! Simply delicious & so powerful, like a sunset scene! Gorgeous, brilliant reveal. Happy Hopping! ♥ Rita

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  113. Great job!! I just love how you used something from your childhood to help you design your creation!! I also like that you have created something that ANYONE can wear - even (like you) metal sensitive people!! PERFECT!! ~KM

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  114. You created two very special pieces! Nice work on the soldered copper and you embellished it just right. The wrap bracelet is perfect and looks gorgeous.

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  115. Great pieces! Congratulations!

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  116. Love the washer base and the colours that came out after firing, super! The solution with the velvet is great, such a good idea! That will help many people...
    Have fun when wearing your bracelet! (-:

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  117. The copper washer base is a jewel on its own and made a great necklace with just a few beads added! The velvet is the perfect color - what a lucky find! I'm the same way about metals other than precious and this is such a restriction, fabric is a great solution! The wrap bracelet carries a beautiful color combo!

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  118. I have always disliked orange for some odd reason but that necklace is spectacular. What an artful piece. I'll never not like orange again!!

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  119. Wow. That copper washer base is AWESOME! I love the flame patina and the hammered texture. It is the perfect base for those great art beads! A beautiful and unique design! Thank you for sharing your talents with the world! Enjoy the day! Erin

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  120. I love what you created with your soup! The washer base is a great idea and I just love the colors. Like what you did with your toggle too.

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