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Autumn Bliss

by: Jennifer Tough

Autumn bliss has got to be one of my most favourite inspirations to date. First off, I was given a lovely little bag of beads and components to play with. That alone is always a huge amount of fun. Secondly, the beads were simply exquisite - especially the lightly faceted moonstones.

The necklace itself was fairly straightforward to assemble once I finished futzing around with the design. You can probably complete the necklace including all of the wire wrapping in a couple of hours.

A few notes:

1) The metal leaf is bendable. I adjusted the shape to better snuggle into the orange leaf.

2) The copper metal leaf is coated. Do not attempt to heat treat...See below

3) I prefer copper that has a bit of a patina to it. The quickest way to give copper a bit of colour is to torch fire it to bring out the rainbow of colours. I especially like the colours I was able to achieve on the chain! Perfect for fall.  For more information on this technique - see my blog post.

4) The triple flower was created on a headpin, then wrapped into a loop at the back. Wrap tightly to ensure the petals don't move around.

5) I used our hole punch pliers on the copper blossom to create two holes for the jump rings. You can't tell from the picture, but I also used our new alphabet stamps to hammer on the word 'bliss'.

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