Wednesday, August 24, 2016


by Patti Vanderbloemen

To recap....I had a custom order request that did not turn out the way the customer wanted. I truly put too much work into this necklace, so I was hoping to turn a bad situation into a happy one by finding someone who would give it just a little bit of love.... and I did!!

The winner of the necklace my giveaway is...

(I have hosted many a giveaway here on my blog and this is the FIRST time Random.Org picked #1 - coolio!)

Congratulations to:

Allison Teague

Allison - please send me your email address ( and I will mail this right out!

From the bottom of my heart, a HUGE thank you to everyone who took the time to leave a comment. I knew this was the best way to deal with a not-very-nice situation!

Thanks so very much for stopping by today!!


Monday, August 22, 2016

Give Away!

Happy Monday!

Last year, I opened up my own website - but I kept my Etsy shop because I still have quite a few customers  that only shop through Etsy. I was recently contacted by a customer to create a custom order necklace for her. Not what I like to do, but I finally agreed.

Well, here it is!  I made her this necklace per her specifications, but, in the end, it was not her cup of tea.  So....I am going to GIVE IT AWAY!!!

The chain is comprised of hand cut and hand riveted solid copper links, graduated in size. The 3 links in front are larger, soldered closed, and each has two wraps of copper along the sides.  I also stamped a tiny little filigree on the 3 focal links. 

I added a series of 5 drops to the center, largest link:  A lovely copper bead by Scorched Earth (link here); two different wrapped links of tiny lampwork beads by Beads and Botanicals (link here); a little copper swirl, and finally, a hollow copper bead that I made (textured..of course!) 

The chain is 24" long and closes with a copper lobster clasp.  I also added a 2" extender chain.

I darkened the copper with liver of sulfur, hand buffed, and tumbled for hours to get this rustic patina that I just love!  I also buffed on a couple of layers of jewelry grade museum wax (Renaissance Wax) to aide in protecting the patina.

How to Win
I sure hope someone else likes this necklace - 'cause it was a solid 2 day effort!  Want to win?? Here's how:

1) Leave a comment on this blog - equals 1 entry.
2) Share this blog post on Face book - COME BACK HERE and leave a second comment on this blog post - equals 1 entry.

I will pick a winner in a few days!

Thanks for stopping by and reading today - and, no more custom orders!  Life is too short my friends!!!