Thursday, August 4, 2011

Sweet Bird...

Sweet bird you are
Briefer than a falling star
All these vain promises on beauty jars
Somewhere with your wings on time
You must be laughing...
                                              ~Joni Mitchell, 1975

I sang this Joni Mitchell song almost the entire time I was making this necklace...I have been totally and utterly an ardent JM fan since junior high school when I first heard her on the radio in the 8th grade, 1972..."You turn me on, I'm a radio".  (Yes, I realize I am dating myself, but I am proud of my almost 53 years). 

I've had this necklace in my mind's eye since I first started playing with Stephanie Lee's cover a piece of metal with lead-free solder and create bezels or in this case, embed metal stampings, filigree, etc into the solder.  I have totally fallen in love with this technique and I know there are other artists who are creating components similarly, but I am determined to incorporate my own style into this!

So, I had this brass bird just sitting around and decided to go for it.  I cut the loops off  some brass filigree connectors and added them to the corners and bottom, but I thought they looked unfinished, so I added little copper balls.

I had made a couple of smaller disks with the small birds for earrings earlier, so the light bulb went off to use one for a clasp.  I added brass rings for the connector parts and created a swirled hook with brass wire, embellished with copper.

The big briolette is some sort of are some of the rondells I used.  I bought a bunch of  what was labeled "amulet" agate, but I haven't been able to find it online anywhere or in the bead store I originally bought it at since.  If anyone knows what it really is, let me know:).  Also incorporated are smoky quartz, amazonite, Czech glass, fluorite, enameled beads, brass wire and chain.

I am really proud of this piece...aside from the gemstones, Czech glass beads, and chain, all the components were created by me!

Thanks for stopping by :)  I appreciate you all more than you know!


  1. I love your sweet bird necklace!

  2. how gorgeous! I love's a very delicate piece....I'm not surprised you are pleased with yourself !

    if you're interested, there's a colour challenge on my blog {} - first time I've thrown out a challenge!


    hello grogeous xxx

  3. Totally gorgeous as usual!!!!

  4. Truly a stunning piece! It is so well done, just GORGEOUS! That Stephanie is one clever gal!

  5. Ohh my, that is awesome! Love it!

  6. Love it!!! You do such tight, fine work! Wonderful arrangement and wirework. . .nice solder, too!

  7. Melissa, this is Beautiful, love the bird focal and the colors of stones. You have put all of us to shame who have taken the homesteaders and not done anything. i need to get back to it! Great work!

  8. Oh, OH! I love this! I haven't touched a torch since taking Stephanie's class at Artbliss and I am missing it! I just don't have enough hours in the day and I refuse to torch things late at night (I would likely burn the whole house down). There are so many gorgeous filigrees out there so I say DO IT!
    Enjoy the day!


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