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Designs by Laud

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.


Arabesque

I had the Gaea pendant and the charoite rondelles for some time. Both seemed special to me; I didn't want to "lose" them in a design where they...
Components: Gaea ceramic pendant, Grace pillows, charoite rondelles, fw pearls, shell pearls, Czech glass, antique silver clasp.


Yellow Roses

I liked the autumn colors and tribal feel of the Grace beads. When I looked closer, I saw designs that looked like yellow roses, so I added...
Components: Grace pillow beads, glass leaves, Czech rondelles, crystals, seed beads, antique copper clasp.


Orange Slices

Just a simple study in orange and blue.
Components: Ceramic slices, ceramic blue/white tubes, pc medallion, dumortierite rounds, wooden rounds, lapis rounds, Czech glass rondelles, seed beads, gunmetal bail and clasp


Still Feelin' Fall

I inherited three raku leaves. They're interesting because both sides look good. Didn't know how to use them or the big, turquoise ovals until I...
Components: Gaea pendant, Xaz raku rounds, raku leaves, spotted agate, Czech glass, antique copper clasp


Fantasy Floral

I fell hard for the Vintage Meadow acrylic pieces and wanted to find a way to set off their delicacy and richness. The bead chain is a style I...
Components: Acrylic flowers and leaves, glass nugget, Czech glass, seed beads, antique gold findings


G.T.T.O.*

*Going to the ocean. I've been designing watery pieces all year. Finally, I'm taking a trip to the ocean!
Components: Czech glass squares, rondelles, fire-polished rondelles; antique gold charms and clasp; seed beads


Golden Dawn

Maybe this is a design only a mother could love: It's symmetrical and tonal. But doggone, the agates have creamy, subtle patterns, and the glass...
Components: Agate, opal hearts, Czech wedges, Czech rondelles, matte gold-plated spacer beads, brass fairy pendant and sunburst toggle.


Sunf

Why "Sunf" instead of "Sunflower"? The Kylie Parry piece shows only part of a flower. I set it at shoulder blade level, but when I was...
Components: KP sunflower pendant; Earthenwood Studios clasp; purple jade (dyed); ceramic rounded squares and drops; Czech chandeliers and rondelles; wood rounds; matte rust seed beads


Mauve

Mauve is such a Victorian color. Add in lavender, and we might as well get out the long, silk dresses.

The bronzed wisteria maple leaves were...
Components: Unicorne lampwork focal; cape amethyst, amethyst, dogtooth amethyst and crazy lace purple agate rounds; Czech glass leaves, flowers, rondelles, polished rounds; bronze-lined crystal magatamas; antique silver bead caps, chain and clasp.


Bounty

My husband said, "It kinda looks like one of those horns of plenty." I was so pleased because bounty--abundance--is what this piece is about.
Components: Lots! Gaea ceramic pendant and rounds, saucers by unknown artist; wooden saucers and flat ovals; seed rounds; recycled glass nuggets; fire agate; olive jade; Czech rounds, ron delles, flowers, leaves and squares; silk ribbon; antique brass chain


Swirls

I love spirals. When LB got the conch shells and ammonite, I snatched a few!
Components: Conch shell puffs, antique brass ammonites and swirl clasp, African brass, wild horse picture jasper, white agate, bone, Grace Amber Waves lampwork beads, seed beads


Deep Blue Sea

Thought I was done with the beachy designs, but I seem to have a few more in the works. This one came about when I was inspecting the bright blues...
Components: Spiral bracelet: Seed beads, antique silver bead caps and clasp. Charm bracelet and earrings: Deep blue mystery jasper, blue line agate, apatite, freshwater pearls, unicorne bead drops, antique silver cones and clasp, dancing ring chain


Summer's End

I'm noticing coppers creeping into my garden. The walnut tree is dropping its leaves. Reluctant to admit the seasons are changing, I arranged a...
Components: Czech dragonfly coin and rondelles; Vintaj copper leaves; antique copper rounds, spacers and clasp; crackle glass nuggets.


Just Foolin' Around

I've been doing "serious" designs for a while--time to do something fun. Foxhill Designs VT's POD "Chartreuse Surprise" gave me the opportunity to...
Components: Handmade copper chain, copper clasp, mixed green fire agates (inherited), yellow jade, many types of Czech glass--all LB (except clasp and fire agates).


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