Earthenwood Design Team- Fly Away

 Here is the newest installment from my contributions to the Earthenwood Design Team. Melanie gave me my Fly Away pendant when I saw her at Bead & Button. I got to pick the color, and I went with this neutral khaki feather pebble that is inscribed Fly Away on the back side.

 Stacking Melanie's pendant with one of Diane Hawkey's branch beads, and a lampwork glass bird from Lori Lochner was a cool idea! Not terribly original as there are many who do the whole bird on a branch thing, so I wanted to make the necklace part more interesting to draw your eye up and around the piece.

 I used some pretty faceted mother of pearl coins, copper seed beads, and some of the new Jean Christen ceramic beads I got while in Milwaukee.  On one side, I added a little leaf charm from Ezel Findings.
Faceted glass mottled in black and green adorns the back of the necklace. I finished the piece off with a substantial toggle from Melinda of OrrTec

Be sure to check out what the other Design team members are doing this month with their pendants.
Andrew Thornton
Gaea Cannaday
Denise Yezbak Moore
Erin Prais-Hintz 
Heather Powers
Lorelei Eurto
 Lori Anderson
Jean Yates
Marie Dodd 
Check back later today to find out who won the
bead giveaway. It may not be right at 1pm,
I'll be away from my desk most of the day due to work


  1. Super cool! I love all of the components. Lori's bird is amazing! I think you made a great selection with the neutral color of Melanie's gorgeous pendant. Melinda's toggle is beast!

  2. Beautiful! I love your design and the eye does go up to see the whole necklace not just the amazing bird on the twig.

  3. swopemelmel7/01/2011

    Wow, I love this. It's really very beautiful. Mel

  4. What a super nice neckleca. Very YOU! And very beautiful! All the beads and components are mouthwatering, but it is your composition that really does it in the end.

  5. I esp love those ceramic beads! so unique!!

  6. Love this design. I wouldn't have thought to mix those green beads with the rest of what you have going on, but they totally work. Great job!

  7. A gorgeous necklace! All of the components you used work together so nicely.

    Have a safe and wonderful holiday weekend!

  8. That bird is fantastic!
    Have a Happy Fourth!

  9. Another fantastic creation! Beautifully designed.


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