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Designs by Old Beaded Lady Chris

Zigging and Zagging In Blues

Hey, remember Charlie Brown's shirt ?
Yeah, that one with the zig zag pattern that he always wore. Here is my take on that pattern. I love to...
Components: I use the Toho size 8/0 beads. Again, my colors are the dark brown which is an old Toho seed bead called Root Beer. I also used the matte bronze. The blue is the marbled opaque turquoise. I used the black WildFire thread. I finished off my piece with the silver slider clasps made especially for loomed work. I used my magnetic clasp attached by silver split rings.


Amethyst in Argyle In Style

Greetings bead artists !!! Old Beaded Lady still getting loomed !!! I am sort of getting addicted to this bead loom thing. So many different...
Components: I am using the Toho size 8/0 seed beads. The colors are the silver lined dark amethyst, opaque lavender, and a light beige cream. My thread of choice is the white WildFire. Its strong and easy to work with for the bead loom. I finished my piece using 20mm silver ribbon crimps with a magnetic clasp that is attached with silver split rings.


Mixed Purple On Grey leather

Just like my other uploaded design; I wanted to make a bead wrapped leather bracelet. The same style with different colors of beads. Purple is my...
Components: 2mm metallic grey leather that was used to have these Toho size 6/0 beads wrapped up in. I learned how to use the ladder stitch without using a needle and thread method. Using my mini macramé board with patience; I made this bracelet work. I used a two holed grey button which matched the leather to a tee. Wahla !!! I did it !!! I'm so very happy to learn something new and to experiment with my beads. Yes, you can teach this here Old Beaded Lady something trendy and Boho Chic !!!


Golden and Grey Leather bracelet

I haven't delved into the leather with beads wrapped around it. I like the look. I have learned how to use the size 6/0 beads. They are called...
Components: 2mm grey metallic leather with Toho size 6/0 beads wrapped using the ladder stitch. What's great is that no needle was used. All was done by hand with the help of a macramé board and a little patience. I have a huge selection of buttons from my mom. The two holed button is preferred as it finishes the bracelet. I have buttons to match the leather. The rest was easy.


Black Woven Design Bead Loomed

I am learning to use my bead loom. I am having a blast as I love the challenge that it brings to me. I am at times slow learning and to follow a...
Components: I am using the Toho size 8/0 seed beads. The way to go is with Toho !!!! I used the black WildFire thread to weave my beads. The pattern is standard bead weave pattern. I just used whatever beads seemed to go with the pattern. The black are the jet matte and the pattern beads are the matte Iris Teal. Matte silver also used. Love that color mix. I finished my piece by utilizing the silver 20mm ribbon crimps. I will complete by attaching my lobster clasp and chain later. I'm learning the different methods and findings to finish loomed beads. I am very grateful for the power of knowledge !!! To learn and to experiment with the beads.


Indian Blanket Weave

Old Beaded Lady here....getting loomed !!!! I am jumping on the bead loom fad. I am loving it !!! I have a stash of seed beads which I wanted to...
Components: I used Toho size 8/0 seed beads. The thread is white WildFire. The colors are a combination of what would be seen with the Native American blankets and/ or weaved rugs. Earthy tones of terra cotta, pearlized green, lustered beige and dark brown. I was able to find quite by accident a vendor on Etsy who sold the slider clasps made for bead loomed work. Makes the bracelet more finished and professional. I am still learning how to measure length and width with regards to how I am going to finish my pieces.


Tea Charming

I love drinking tea. Have been since I was five years old. I have a friend who also like myself indulges in this favorite beverage. I wanted to...
Components: I found through a very exhaustive search this tiny spoon which will incorporate my charms. I had the metal shop in my retirement community drill the holes. I then crafted my charms as the spoon being the focal of sorts. A bouquet of Czech glass flowers with leaves at the base of the spoon. I have a tea bag charm to one side of the spoon. In the middle a beaded tea pot charm. To the other side I have a tiny porcelain saucer and matching cup. I glued them to the back of a silver finding and attached them via wire with a crimp. All in all this piece turned out pretty good. Pat was shocked to say the least. She did burst out with her tears as she was amazed at her surprise present. We then sat drinking our tea. It was a very good day for the both of us.


Psychedelic Bead

I love polymer clay beads and nobody can create like my friend Maureen. One of kind creations. I saw this unique design which I call the...
Components: The focal is this unique polymer clay bead. Inside of this pattern I found colors of green, blue with thin lines of black, and splashes of coral and/ or terra cotta. I used my Czech Super Duo beads in the pastel olivine color with jet black in the center. Toho 8/0 seed beads in opaque terra cotta on the upper and lower rolls of the bracelet. Toho 11/0 opaque frosted mudbrick strung in a pyramid towards the center of the focal with two silver heishi spacers. I used silver wire guardians, silver crimps and crimp covers. I used a two hole silver tube clasp. Oh yeah, I also used two four holed tiny spacer bars to pull my bracelet together for attaching my clasp.


Pretty Paper Pastel

If I find some really quality paper beads you bet that I will purchase them. I found these on Etsy and I wanted to make myself a bracelet.
Components: 8 very nice paper beads that have the colors of green with touches of a very soft yellow and peach. It depends on how your eyes perceive color. I strung this using silver beading wire. Three rows using silver three hole spacer bars to hold everything together. 4mm peach glass bicone beads as the accent with the paper beads being the focal. Round silver spacer beads also to accent the design. The center strip of beads are green Aventurine nuggets with the same silver spacer bead giving more continuity to the design. I used a silver tube clasp. Silver wire guardians, silver crimps, and crimp covers to finish it.


Orchid Heart

I wanted to make myself a bracelet utilizing a ceramic focal bead. I found this soft feminine ceramic heart done in the color of lavender /...
Components: The centerpiece is this ceramic Victorian lavender glazed heart connector. I used Toho size 11/0 mauve seed beads stringing with the Wild Fire beading crystal beading thread. 6mm round glass orchid beads with a soft matte pink sandwiched between two tiny silver daisy spacers findings. Silver wire guardians, silver crimps and crimp covers to pull the bracelet together for a more polished look.


Silver Daisies in Pinks N' Pearls

I made the same bracelet like my Silver Bling Thing only I went pink.
This was the last three of my two hole
silver matted daisy bracelet...
Components: Three shiny matte silver two hole daisy bracelet connectors with a clear crystal rhinestone in the center of each one of them. A combination of the Czech SuperDuo's in Pastel Burgundy and the Halo Cherub with the Toho 8/0 in the Silver-Lined Frosted Black Diamond. The front pattern I used the Toho 8/0 Opaque Butter Cream Luster. A softer type of white I think. I used silver findings: silver beading wire, crimps, crimp covers, wire guardians, and a silver two hole tube clasp.


Silver Daisy Bling Thing

I had these beautiful two hole bracelet connectors which are just the bomb that I purchased a very long time ago on Ebay from a seller in China. I...
Components: Shiny matted silver daisy with a clear crystal rhinestone in the center. I have 10 of them. I used three in this bracelet. I used my Czech SuperDuo glass beads keeping this pattern throughout the bracelet. A combination of Pearl Coat in Charcoal and Pearl Coat in Silver with the Toho 8/0 in Jet Black. I used silver findings: two four hole daisy spacer bars, silver crimps, crimp covers, wire guardians, and a two hole silver tube clasp. I used my silver beading wire to keep everything taunt and in place.


Beige N' Gray Gem of a Donut

In my bead stash I have this really nice small gemstone donut. Speckled with lots of grey. I loved it when I first spotted it way back when. I...
Components: I strung with the white Wild Fire beading thread this necklace. I used the Toho 11/0 seed beads in the Opaque Lustered Dark Beige which matches the color in this donut 100%. I followed through with making this simple design to give my necklace some oomph. Very tiny silver daisy spacers incorporated into the pattern which is a combination of 4mm milky white rondelle white crystals, SuperDuo's in the Pearl Coat- Silver, and Toho 8/0 Matte Color in Opaque Gray. A small barrel clasp to finish it off nicely. Silver crimps, crimp covers, and wire guardians also used.


Abstracted in Gold and Black

I'm still playin' with my SuperDuo and my seed beads. I have these very tiny polymer clay tubes that I just purchased. They are "orphaned" from...
Components: My tiny polymer clay tube is my focal. It's a half inch long; but, it works for me. I used my two hole jet black Czech Mates with a combination of the SuperDuo in the Halo Sandalwood. Toho seed beads size 8/0 in Jet Black along with Toho 11/0 seed beads in Opaque Frosted Egg Shell. I used black Wild Fire beading thread. I went with silver findings : silver crimps, crimp covers, wire guardians, and a small silver toggle with clasp.


Something Is A Litte Fishy

A truly wonderful gift from a gifted person who beads. I was given this beautiful tiny Chinese cloisonné fish.
In my favorite color....the...
Components: Hand strung necklace primarily with the 11/0 Toho seed beads: Inside Color Grey / Magenta Lined. Four milky white Czech rondelle crystals 4mm size with 6 round gold 3mm metal beads. Since the fish has gold in it: I used gold to complement the fish. I used white Wild Fire bead thread with gold findings: gold crimps, crimp covers, wire guardians, a gold barrel clasp. I decided to dangle my little fishy with one 6mm pale lavender crystal bead with two of the tiny seed beads on both ends of the crystal. A very delicate seed bead necklace. I did this fishy proud !!!


Wrapped In Brown Paper

I found these very unique hand crafted paper beads. I wanted to work with the paper beads for awhile. I purchased these some time ago in the...
Components: A multi-stranded bracelet with the tubular paper beads as my main element to the bracelet. I had a ball putting this together !!! Czech SuperDuo in the Matte Dark Bronze connected with the Toho 11/0 Opaque Lustered Dark Beige. The bracelet is mutli-layered with three hole gold spacer bars holding the strands in place. I embellished by using tiny 3mm gold daisy spacers at both ends of the paper beads. The bracelet was strung with black Wild Fire beading thread. I used gold findings: crimps, crimp covers and a three hole tube clasp.


Teal and Terra Cotta Swirl

An artist who creates polymer clay beads sent me some of her work. I decided it was time to make a bracelet with one of her beads. Teal and terra...
Components: A small single strand bracelet with the teal and terra cotta polymer clay bead as my focal. I used the very light beige Czech Mates to enhance my focal. The side designs consisted of the Czech SuperDuo in two colors: Pastel Emerald and the Star Dust / Opaque Baby Blue. The seed beads are Toho 8/0 Opaque Terra Cotta. The other seed beads used are the Toho 11/0 Opaque Pearl Frosted Mudbrick. I used the Wild Fire white bead thread for stringing. I also used silver for my findings: crimps, crimp covers, two silver heishie spacers and a very simple small silver toggle with clasp.


Golden Jupiter

I had this bead which was a lamp work glass bead that I purchased some time ago. It's about 10-12 mm in size. Very neutral colors with branding...
Components: Dainty one strand bracelet with my lamp work glass bead as the focal. The bracelet is strung with the Czech SuperDuo glass beads and the Miyuki seed beads. The SuperDuo is the Metallic Suede Gold with 11/0 Opaque Black Miyuki seed beads. The other seed beads used are the 11/0 Toho Gilded Marble Black. I used black Wild Fire beading thread along with my gold findings. Gold crimps, crimp covers along with a very simple small gold toggle with clasp. The daisy spacers are gold 3mm....not the real gold; but, the gold looking kind. I couldn't even afford the real stuff !!!


Midnight of the Heart

I'm still playing with the Czech SuperDuo glass beads. Since I made that last bracelet using this bead pattern; I'd thought I'd go with something...
Components: Four strands connected by this bead design. Great pattern for stringing the SuperDuo glass beads along with the Toho seed beads. No needle or thread to deal with. Easy to make and lovely to wear !!!! I used the Czech SuperDuo beads in two colors: Metallic Suede Dark Blue and the Pearl Coat Silver. The seed beads are Toho 8/0 Metallic Hematite. The silver heart bracelet connector is from Michael's. It was just one of the hearts on a strand in their bead section. I love this heart as the detailing shows tiny stamped stars....hence the name of my bracelet. Midnight of the Heart. These beads gives me the feeling of night time dark with stars gleaming above. My heart yearning for romance. Well, it's still nice to dream about it. Not gonna happen...ah, the thoughts are there. Anyway, I finished the bracelet with silver findings: silver beading wire, silver crimps, crimp covers, wire guardians, and the two hole tube clasp. I also incorporated my four hole spacer bars to insure of holding everything tight. The bead pattern makes a really nice cuff bracelet; dainty and comfortable to wear.


Southwestern Strungout

Oh, I had a blast working these SuperDuo's stringing them into this very simple bead pattern. No needle or thread !!! Just good old bead wire and...
Components: Ok..here we go !!! Czech SuperDuo 2 hole glass beads in four colors: Picasso Opaque Light Blue / Star Dust Opaque Baby Blue / 8 of the Metallic Suede Gold / 2 of the Pastel Aqua. Cream matte finish 8/0 seed beads used in the front pattern with four tiny metal tube beads from my stash. Toho 8/0 round Opaque Terra Cotta. I used my silver bead wire. I also used my silver findings: silver crimps, silver crimp covers, silver wire guardians, and the 2 hole silver tube clasp. If you look closely there are also four spacer bars / 4 holes used.


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