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Designs by Laud

Ocean Waves

I'm proud of this one because I learned a few things as I made it and because I wanted the spirals to look like waves breaking, which I think they...
Components: Green Girl clasp, Toho beads, clear glass rounds, silver crimp covers, beading line and wire


Spirals

I've been playing with the Cellini spiral stitch again. A while back, I did a tutorial on the stitch. Thought you might be interested in seeing the...
Components: Pink: Seed beads, Swarovski rounds, antique gold finding, freshwater pearl. Purple: Seed beads, Swarovski bicones. Blue: Seed beads, silver plated ocean swirl clasp.


Copper Butterfly

I found the pretty copper butterfly at the bead show in Milwaukee. When I attached it to a ring of copper tubes, the butterfly was freed to move...
Components: Copper butterfly; copper tubes; copper-plated rounds and clasp; Czech fire-polished rounds; seed beads in turquoise, blue-grey, white-blue, crystal-copper


Green Ocean

I had two necklaces that lacked... something. When I put them together, I liked the result. What do you think?
Components: Ocean Jasper, Tree Agate, freshwater pearls, Swarovski cubes, gold-plated findings, seed beads


Feelin' the Need for Green

I have cabin fever after months of snow. Love to take a hike through a leafy forest with wildflowers peeking up through fallen leaves, dappled...
Components: Ocean jasper, new jade, African turquoise, aventurine, Czech glass leaves and beads, antique copper findings


Triquetra

I love Celtic symbols. The triquetra (three linked ovals) is a pagan symbol co-opted by the Catholic church as a way to teach about the Trinity....
Components: Green & green/brown jasper, jade, Swarovski crystal, silver-plated findings


More Leather Beads

I'm still working with the leather beads. Thought these looked good with a silk ribbon I just bought. Wish I had more large-hole beads!
Components: Leather beads, antique silver spacers, tagua nuts, silk ribbon


Remember these?

It's been a while since LB had these leather beads. I liked their looks, but how to use them? Tried smaller stones, but the leather beads just...
Components: Leather beads, ocean jasper, gold-plated rondelles, mookaite nuggets, brass chain, sunburst toggle, seed beads. (All LB except the jasper and chain.)


Fox in Winter Forest

We've had deep snow since December. One evergreen outside my window is a kind of gauge of how much snow fell the night before. (How much...
Components: Humblebeads fox, tree agate, antique copper branches and clasp, antique copper ring chain, white howlite, frosted quartz, aventurine, Fire Agate, Czech rounds


Blue Tiger

I knew I wanted to pair blue tiger eye with gold tiger eye, but the bronze clasp helped nail down the final design.
Components: Blue Tiger Eye, Tiger Eye, Blue Goldstone, Sodalite, Saki bronze clasp, bronze spacers, seed beads


Arrowhead

I'm in my bold phase; winter does that to me. When spring comes, I get all frilly and light, but this unending snow and cold calls for STRENGTH.
Components: Artistic jasper, pyrite, sardonyx, onyx, variegated quartz, gunmetal clasp


Coral Grace (Revised)

I'd asked if the dangles worked in this piece, got some good critique, and compromised! The long dangles are gone, but not the silver leaves. Also...
Components: Grace Lampwork kalera and pillow beads; antique silver links, chain, bead caps and clasp; rock crystal; Swarovski crystal.


Wormhole

If you've read sci-fi or watched TV shows, you know that a wormhole (tesseract) is a shortcut through space. The Saki piece looked like a wormhole...
Components: Saki focal, silver- and antique-silver links and clasp, brass-edged glass, shell coins, shell pearls, hematite tubes, black/silver chain


Snow Queen

I always loved the image of the Snow Queen--someone who thrived on cold. There are a few snow women in mythology,too. The necklace is right for...
Components: Rock crystal, frosted/crackled quartz, opalite glass diamonds, crystal rondelles and bicones, seed beads, gold-plated clasp


Young Dragons

Welcome to the dragon nursery, where you'll find egg pieces, babies emerging from their shells, a hatchling lazily playing with his tail, and a...
Components: Pewter dragons, red snowflake jasper, red fire agate, red jasper, goldstone, onyx, black snowflake jasper, obsidian, crystals, gunmetal clasp


Southern Ocean

I inherited the dusty-rose/mauve lampwork focal with turquoise foil. The Czech table cut coins and the green line agate puff coins seemed right,...
Components: Lampwork glass focal with foil, Czech glass, green line agate puff coins, Swarovski cosmic rings, seed beads, antique silver clasp


Safari Sunset

The Grace beads are called Safari Sunset, and they looked so African to me that I had to make up pieces with that theme.
Components: Lampwork glass, African brass, tiger eye coins and carved leaves, matte spikes, antique brass chain and clasp, seed beads


Green Gold

I love green and gold (or green and yellow), which are happy colors for me. Really pleased with the seed beads from LB that neatly combine the two.
Components: Seed beads, rock crystal, Czech glass, lampwork glass, gold-plated end caps and clasp


Stepping Out...

...of my comfort zone. I finally opened my Etsy shop (https://www.etsy.com/shop/Ladylaud), thanks to the encouragement of the wonderful people here...
Components: Silk ribbon, ball chain, rhodium and silver-plated links, purple impression jasper, turquoise fire agate, denim lapis


Pretty Bubbles

I'd never tried bubbly lampwork beads before. They seemed sort of odd, and yet the colors inside were so pretty--lavender, green and metallic gold....
Components: Grace lampwork rondelles, ametrine, Cape amethyst, rock crystal, Czech glass, seed beads, antique gold aligners and clasp.


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