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Journal Leaves Necklace

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PRODUCT STORY
One January afternoon I sat in my cold garage studio wishing I had a different life. I was feeling blah, down in the dumps, and oh-so-sorry for myself as I started to journal about my day: I wished someone would fold the laundry; feed, bathe, and diaper the babies; clean the bathroom; give me unlimited alone time to make art; do the grocery shopping; and be MY personal cheerleader.

As I journalled all these things in my sketchbook, I realized I needed a talisman to remind me that this was my life and I was in it, like it or not. The idea to make the journal entry into leaves for a necklace was born. I cut up that journal entry and wrapped leaf-shaped found wire with my written scraps. Since then, I've made Journal Leaves with love letters, famous quotes, and personal line drawings.
MATERIALS
patinated copper wire, annealed steel wire, tissue paper, graphite, non-toxic mat medium
ARTIST / DESIGNER
Samantha Pagni
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NOTES
Jewelry Design Challenge
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Julia, Community Organizer

September 06, 2011 09:50:38 AM

Samantha Pagni, a semi-finalist in the Uncommon Jewelry Design Challenge, took her old journals and turned them into necklaces. Are these words to live by? Leave your vote and comment, and Samantha might move on to the final round.

Pamela

September 06, 2011 04:47:45 PM

I think this necklace is beautiful and creative, what a way to remember our thoughts of ourselves or of a loved one.

Sy Goldfarb
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September 06, 2011 04:51:19 PM

Incredible! Beautiful, relevant and unique without being kitschy. My aunt Sarah and her cool niece F.R. Jones would love this!

Laurie
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September 06, 2011 05:16:09 PM

very nice

karen
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September 06, 2011 05:32:13 PM

wonderful-touching

Korrie

September 06, 2011 05:37:08 PM

Reminds me of the changing of seasons, and constant changing of our lives. Beautiful!

Marci
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September 06, 2011 05:38:00 PM

Very striking. I would wear it in a heartbeat.

Heather
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September 06, 2011 06:06:13 PM

Nice work, Sam! I love the concept!

Victoria
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September 06, 2011 06:06:16 PM

Absolutely LOVE this and the price is fantastic. I would definitely buy this necklace!

Christine
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September 06, 2011 06:37:15 PM

Wonderful necklace. I would love to add it to my jewerly box

Karen
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September 06, 2011 07:19:36 PM

I love your necklace Sam.Miss the kids.

Suzanne
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September 06, 2011 07:24:20 PM

LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

fran

September 06, 2011 07:49:20 PM

absolutely beautiful and so meaningful

del

September 06, 2011 08:50:22 PM

very nice necklace

Laura
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September 06, 2011 09:20:06 PM

Beautiful, simplistic, and great price.

Beverly
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September 06, 2011 09:53:42 PM

What a fantastic idea. I would definitely buy one to wear. I love jewelrythat speaks from the soul of a person.

Anita
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September 06, 2011 11:18:11 PM

Creative and meaningful!

Kat
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September 07, 2011 12:38:24 AM

Beautiful. It's a bit bold for my style - is it made so you can remove leaves if you want for a simpler look? And thanks for the photo of the necklace on a model.

Stephanie
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September 07, 2011 12:58:08 AM

I absolutely love this!

Dianna
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September 07, 2011 01:44:09 AM

Creative, unique, lovely and oh...so beautiful!

Judy
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September 07, 2011 02:21:34 AM

Love these leaves. They are sentimental and sweet. I like the 10 leaves of love and life hanging on the lovely wire and the price was great.

Mari

September 07, 2011 03:28:29 AM

Beautiful . . .

Sara
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September 07, 2011 06:35:49 AM

I love this!

rita
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September 07, 2011 09:04:33 AM

I am fortunate to have a few pieces of Sam's jewelry already, each one a unique creation. This piece is typical of Sam's artistic creativity and ingenuity!

karen
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September 07, 2011 09:26:53 AM

amazing

Nola
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September 07, 2011 10:17:07 AM

Would make a darling 'Family Tree' Necklace with the name and birthdates on the leaves! Cheers!

Seneca
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September 07, 2011 10:29:55 AM

A lovely story and piece! This is very pretty and wearable. Great price too!

Allyson
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September 07, 2011 10:32:28 AM

What a great idea...! And, thank you for showing this on someone!

Kim
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September 07, 2011 11:58:54 AM

Unique idea!

Wowzers

September 07, 2011 11:59:57 AM

You have an interesting concept. Keep at it.

Maile
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September 07, 2011 12:33:49 PM

I like the concept, but i don't know about the color... a little too beige.

Amber
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September 07, 2011 01:23:25 PM

As a writer, I absolutely love this item. I love the idea behind it, as well as the execution, and the price is reasonable as well, unlike so many of the other items I've seen.

Anne
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September 07, 2011 01:23:48 PM

Very different, love it!

Mary
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September 07, 2011 01:25:15 PM

Beautiful!!!

SUSAN
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September 07, 2011 01:48:57 PM

Beautiful! I love the idea the form. I love everything about this piece.

Laurie
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September 07, 2011 02:38:44 PM

Very cool and reasonable price which seems to be rare for this company.

Aleki
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September 07, 2011 03:57:55 PM

Lovely work by a talented lady.

kera
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September 07, 2011 06:05:40 PM

I love every idea about this peice, especially the product story (I can relate! haha) I would LOVE to buy this for myself, family and friends who I know would appreciate not only the story behind it, but the beautiful work/peice of jewerly itself! Great JOb! Big hugs!

Akiko
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September 07, 2011 06:58:40 PM

Can it come in brighter colors? The colors look a little depressing, especially for such a fun piece.

Samantha Pagni
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September 07, 2011 07:53:20 PM

Yes! I can make these leaves in any color, I can add or subtract any number, and could also make the leaves written with any theme- love, friendship, family, motherhood, etc.The possibilities are endless. I want the jewelry to be personal to the wearer...the sky's the limit!

Kelly
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September 07, 2011 09:56:54 PM

I think this is beautiful and priced well. However, it looks very fragile. I love it though! It looks even prettier on the model.

Beverly
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September 07, 2011 10:06:35 PM

What a terrific artist you are. I feel this piece of jewelry will be a big winner.Can't wait to purchase this creationwith notes from my journal. Many of my friends who work on the energy field of clients will also want to buy this.

kay
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September 08, 2011 08:35:07 AM

I proudly wear Sam's earrings and cannot wait to add this necklace to my collection. Everyone has a story and this is such a creative outlet for it to be told.

Patricia
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September 08, 2011 09:34:33 AM

So special, just love the necklace.

linda

September 08, 2011 11:02:59 AM

I like it a lot and the personal meaning it would have for each person with each piece.

Diana
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September 08, 2011 01:22:07 PM

I love the necklace! When can I orderl one?

Heather
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September 08, 2011 01:58:22 PM

TOTALLY LOOOOVE THIS!!!!!!!!!

Cassie, UncommonGoods Community Moderator

September 08, 2011 03:00:30 PM

Thanks for the question, Diana. We're glad you love this entry! The finalists will be chosen based on the number of "thumbs up" votes they receive, so if you want to buy this necklace from UncommonGoods in the future, make sure to remind your friends and family to vote! To receive a notification if we carry this product, please submit your email address in the box above. Happy voting!

Christine
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September 08, 2011 07:34:35 PM

Beautiful. Can't wait to get a chance to wear it

tina
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September 09, 2011 12:48:52 PM

Lovely work. Simple, elegant, classic.

Elizabeth
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September 09, 2011 06:08:30 PM

This is unique and beautiful and very versatile! I like it a lot, including the price!

elena

September 09, 2011 09:49:17 PM

Beautiful!! And the price is beautiful, as well!

Misti
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September 10, 2011 02:49:02 PM

I'm glad that you included a picture of this actually being worn. I thought it was interesting as it was, but actually worn, it looks amazing! Price is so reasonable too--when can I buy this?!

Kris
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September 10, 2011 05:16:05 PM

Very Beautiful! would love one for myself and some christimas gifts!!!!

samantha
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September 10, 2011 06:06:31 PM

Wow! Thanks to all who have left such positive feedback! As the designer who created this piece,I appreciate all of your comments and would be happy to answer any questions about the necklace. It's really rewarding to know that people would add this to their jewelry collections! One week left to go...

chad
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September 10, 2011 06:34:12 PM

Gorgeous piece! I would expect nothing less out of Sam@

JR

September 10, 2011 06:58:55 PM

I absolutely love this necklace . It's more than just a piece of jewelry, it's a work of art.

danielle
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September 10, 2011 07:08:44 PM

gorgeous piece Sam can't wait to see more

Gabrielle
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September 10, 2011 07:28:24 PM

Beautiful Sam! I would buy it today. We miss you!

candace
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September 10, 2011 09:02:24 PM

What a lovely idea enclosed in a beautiful design! I would wear this everyday!

Kat
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September 10, 2011 11:11:30 PM

Very pretty and dainty, I like it.

Nancy
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September 11, 2011 12:34:55 AM

Sublime. Likely looks even better next to skin or white shirt. Okay price.

Elinore
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September 11, 2011 09:22:09 PM

I want one of these for sure. I never thought that I would say that, but this is just one of those pieces.

Debbie
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September 12, 2011 01:02:09 AM

Great price. Good proportion. Appealing color. The leaves hold a lot of interest. I think this is a terrific necklace.

Cassie, UncommonGoods Community Moderator

September 12, 2011 11:20:20 AM

Thanks for voting everyone! A few voters have commented that they'd like to buy this piece if it becomes available. We'll gladly let you know if the Journal Leaves Necklace enters our assortment-just leave your email address in the "notify me" section above. In the meantime, keep in mind that the designs with the most "thumbs up" votes will move on to the next round, so don't forget to vote on all of your favorites.

Christine
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September 12, 2011 03:22:04 PM

It's beautiful and has real meaning behind it. Bravo!

Amanda
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September 12, 2011 06:44:20 PM

This is so beautiful and meaningful. I love it!

terry
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September 12, 2011 08:29:38 PM

kind of a lot going on here. I guess the option would be to wear only one leaf.

Linda
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September 13, 2011 04:05:18 PM

I have been one of the lucky ones to see this necklace and it is absolutely beautiful.

Betsy
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September 13, 2011 08:18:36 PM

I love everything about this piece! I love the concept, I love the quality, I love the ability to personalize it, and I love that all this comes at a great price! I can't wait to see this one!

Michelle
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September 13, 2011 11:21:10 PM

different ....and reasonable

Pam
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September 14, 2011 12:06:56 AM

beautiful!

mary
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September 14, 2011 12:32:04 AM

Why would I want to wear a necklace with pieces of someone else's journal or letters?

Sarah
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September 14, 2011 11:21:55 AM

I love it! The story and the design are fabulous!

cathy
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September 14, 2011 11:43:48 PM

make it in french and it's mine!

karen
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September 15, 2011 09:44:57 AM

Wow!!! great work.

Molly

September 15, 2011 01:40:37 PM

I love the story behind it. It is a beautiful necklace!

Dee
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September 17, 2011 03:17:52 PM

Just beautiful.

Semour
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September 17, 2011 10:41:30 PM

leafs?

Kelly
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September 19, 2011 05:55:19 AM

Like the storey, nice design, priced well...

CHERYL
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September 19, 2011 10:09:17 PM

Tissue paper? I can't see it standing up to all the running around that I do.It's pretty but it would fall apart to easily.

Jacqueline

September 22, 2011 01:27:00 PM

Absolutely love the concept. I would wear this.

T

September 27, 2011 12:51:15 AM

Let me buy already...

Karen

October 01, 2011 12:05:03 PM

Please, please sell this! It's gorgeous and so reasonably priced I would buy this for myself and for gifts in a heartbeat. Please reconsider!

Terri

January 25, 2012 07:41:18 PM

Beautiful necklace. I would purchase it.

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