Thursday, April 19, 2012

Bead Swap # 5 - with Moobie Grace Designs

Today is my reveal for my 5th installment of "What I created with the bead swap gifts from Tania of Moobie Grace Designs!  This next one was a challenge - Tania created these gorgeous, hand forged copper hearts: (click on the pictures for a better view)
She also made the copper clay moon charm!  I have not used the charm yet...but I will!  Anyway, at first I thought the hearts could be used for earrings, but they are too large.  And, since I had two, I did not want to only use one as a pendant in a, I found a way to use them both in one necklace.  I paired them with gorgeous, handmade swirled beads from Duane Collins of Elements Pottery.
There is no way my pictures can illustrate the phenomenal colors, luster, and sheen coming from these beads!
I used a couple of copper bead caps that I had etched and wired everything together with heavy gauge copper wire.  I also made a very simple clasp.
I patina-ted all of the metals with my torch before assembly, then used some Renaissance Wax to protect the effects.  I also found two brushed copper hearts that I made into earrings.

Its always hard for me to take a good picture of necklaces - Surprisingly, this lays very well on the neck when worn!  So pleased!

Thanks again Tania!  And, thank you for stopping by today!


  1. I love this necklace! Those forged hearts are beautiful and I love the way you put them together with the wonderful beads.

  2. Patti - what a beautiful necklace! Tania's wire hearts are really sweet, and I like how you created this eye-catching necklace with them. I can see how it would lay nicely when worn - that can be half the challenge right there! Thanks for sharing!