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Designs by Old Beaded Lady Chris

Out of Africa Kazuri necklace and earrings

Greetings to my fellow bead artisans !!!! This is a very belated
Christmas gift for a gear friend who not only is very patient; but, very...
Components: Kazuri beads consisting of the various shapes in the coordinating colors matching the focal pendent. The oval connectors are sterling silver with sterling silver crimps for leather. The leather is 3mm brown which is very surprising to me as it matches perfectly to the brown in the shale beads. The matching earrings have sterling silver wire and the oval connectors. The beads on the earring don't exactly match; but, come very close to those in the necklace. Very hard to match the colors and designs of Kazuri perfectly at times. Especially when beads are purchased via the Internet. All in all it turned out better than I thought. The focal pendent and beads are strung with beading wire twice for strength as they are crimped to the sterling silver oval connectors then covered by crimp covers for a more finished look. The sterling silver leather connectors were glued before fastened with my jewelry pliers for added strength and security.


Raspberry Bronzed Bliss

I love to work with artisans who create some really nice focal pieces.
I was searching for ceramic this time.
I found this pretty raspberry...
Components: A unique bracelet with gold findings. Three rows of tiny ceramic beads almost matching in color from Blue Moon. Plain gold three hole spacers to separate and hold everything in place. Light pink Czech crystal rondelle beads giving some bling.


Singular Black Hawaiin Floral

I had just one black polymer floral bead left. I decided to make myself something special. I don't have bracelets with just black and white. I...
Components: On this bracelet I went with my gemstones. The black are 6mm black onyx separated by Czech white glass spacer beads. In between the two white spacers are 6mm snowflake obsidian beads. Love them as the mix of black and the grey goes with the intricate design of the flowers. there are two large hexagon clear glass beads on both sides of the focal. A very simple shiny clasp and toggle to finish the look.


Black Hawaiian Floral

I have this friend who creates some really beautiful beads working in polymer clay. I asked her for a custom order of black/white floral beads....
Components: Three beautiful focal beads are mixed with Czech crystals rondelle of milky white and clear crystal. The tiny spacers are smoke grey glass and the black are 6mm round. A very simple shiny silver clasp and toggle.


Contemporary Green Bead

As we beaders have from time to time one lost bead just aching to be made into something right ? Here's my lonely bead.... Hey...Beaded Old...
Components: An oldie bead; but, a goodie bead. It is a contemporary swirled art deco kinda of a bead. Decided to use gold findings with whatever I had in my bead stash. I'm not sure what the dark green gemstones are as they are old. I used 6mm purple glass rondelles with gold spacers. 8mm light pink diamond shaped crystals with gold spacers. A simple stylish one at that..not a lonely bead anymore.


Lavender in Bloom

I love the artisans who create beads with polymer clay. I wanted to make a special bracelet for a friend. I found this soft, delicate, and...
Components: The focal is polymer clay as I embellished it by adding the tiny rhinestone in the center of the flower. I used tiny 4mm grape crystal glass beads, 6mm druk lavender round glass beads, 6mm clear crystal glass beads. The 6mm rondelle beads are gemstones...Angelite. Everything else is done with silver findings and I like to use the tube clasp.


Millefiori and Silver

Awhile back I was browsing in my local
bead shop. I spotted these really neat
Millefiori beads. Also found next to them these tiny glass spacers...
Components: Small red Millefiori beads with a pattern using a combination of blue and white. Three tier bracelet with tiny silver three hole spacers in between the glass beads. Very tiny white seed beads used within the middle layer giving a little definition between the red ones. Shiny silver metal beads are the center focal point and on the ends. A coordinated finished look is what I was going after here. I like using the tube clasp as it seems to work the best.


Kazuri Copper

I've noticed for awhile now that some
bead crafters are going by way of Africa with their expertise. I wanted so bad to make my own bracelet as...
Components: Two bracelets connected together with copper findings. The main bracelet is three pita-pats in greens with a brownish copper blend. I also used the tiny matching beads to incorporate into the two bracelets. Just love the glass pearls now that you can find them in just about any color. These are close to the green in the beads. I used this really wild antiqued copper metal spacers beads. The wired look gives the bracelets a polished look that I was looking for. The Kazuri beads are handmade and I wanted to achieve that in my design.


Swirling in the Red

Once again going through my stash to find another polymer focal which I needed to address. This time I decided to make myself a necklace. Simple...
Components: I have this large oval polymer focal in swirling of deep stripes of reds and pinks. A really nice bead to work with. I went with silver findings. Seemed to do the trick as I used two ornate silver bead caps. I have some cherry quartz nuggets that I used along with some smaller crystals and tiny silver spacers. Put it all together on a very shiny chain with a lobster claw clasp.


Blue Caramel Swirl

Old Bead lady here in the house !!!!
Greetings to all of you very talented
beading enthusiasts. I've been away from creating I'm back. Well,...
Components: The focal piece is the polymer clay bead with lush swirled colors of blue, green and caramel. I used blue faceted crystal rondelle beads. The dark green oblong glass with a pearl finish to complement the green in the focal. The smaller pillow shaped are gemstones as I'm not sure as to what they are. Silver corrugated spacer beads to finish the design.


Purple Passion Polymer

There are some really fantastic artisans on the Internet that I have had the pleasure of purchasing their
beads. I'm not going to invest into...
Components: That polymer focal bead reminds me of the 60'ies...y'know..tie died psychedelic period in time. Sock it to me baby !!! I found these tiny wire beads in vivid colors that just popped out at me. I put my focal bead designing a wire beaded bracelet accented with gold to pick up that yellow gold in the focal. It worked !!! Some 6mm white glass beads using the gold wired surprisingly looking bead caps ? Gold spacer bars and a tube clasp...and Wha la !!! Just Groovy !!!


Jazzy Blues bracelet

I love beads and especially the handmade focal glass lampwork ones.
A nice focal can work your creativity
and have something very beautiful. I...
Components: The lampwork glass focal is the star attraction. I had in my bead stash these awesome Czech Iris Picasso 6mm beads that blend with the focal. I also had these green rectangle beads that is also found on the focal. Photos just don't show it as well. I wanted to express the color of what that focal had. I used silver spacer bars to hold it together with a silver tube clasp.


Tribal Beauty bracelet

I had these very unique tribal inspired glass beads sitting in my bead
supplies. I thought to finally put them to use making a contemporary sort...
Components: Two strands of beads held together with silver spacer tubes. Since black is shown on the saucer beads; I used large black faceted ones giving it some character. Tiny silver heishi spacers also used. The clasp is a double strand slider which is magnetic.


Regaliz Born for the Blues bracelet

Licorice leather bracelets are the craze. I have seen them on the browsing the I do learning and finding new jewelry ideas. This particular...
Components: Regaliz navy blue distressed leather with the focal slider bead from Desert Bug Design. These sliders are custom made to fit the Regaliz leather. I followed up with the silver Regaliz findings in silver. The clasp is magnetic. The rubber O rings are made for this type of bracelet to serve two functions. First and foremost, to hold everything in its place. Second, is to add color to your design. For my very first piece...not bad.


Regaliz Green with Envy bracelet

Keeping up with the latest fashion jewelry craze. Leather is definitely in. I fell in love with the thick Greek licorice leather. It holds up...
Components: Regaliz brand leather in the dark brown distressed color. I found these beautiful porcelain sliders that were created by Clay River Designs made for the Regaliz leather. The metal findings are Regaliz findings in brass. The clasp is magnetic. The rubber O rings are very popular and very important as they keep everything in its place. Also adds to the design. The ring colors are olive and chocolate brown.


Antique Gold Renaissance Rosary

My third rosary again wanting to capture that old world charm and grace.
The richness of the Czech fire-polished
beads...purple and lilac with...
Components: Antique gold filigree cross and centerpiece. The centerpiece was enhanced by me placing a tiny rhinestone in the center of it. I found these stunning Czech designer fire polished beads in a dazzling lilac purple to complete the look. Tiny 3mm gold metal beads along with antiqued ornate gold beads also used. 4mm purple lilac rondelles and gold spacers also used.


Antique Bronze Renaissance Rosary

I was so pleased with my first rosary that I decided to make one with the feel of old world. It has the feeling of antiquity to it.
Components: Antiqued bronze filigree cross and centerpiece. The bronzed metal beads and ornate bead caps are complement of Blue Moon Beads. These gorgeous Czech designer beads where purchased from Lima. They emote what I was trying to achieve. Perfect !!! Tiny 3mm bronze beads and 4mm deep red crystals complete the design.


Vintage Copper Rosary

I'm Catholic by faith. I wanted to make a rosary capturing the vintage look still keeping reverence to my traditional beliefs.
Components: I found this beautiful ornate crucifix set in copper. I purchased these so wonderful Czech Pisacco fire polished beads from Lima (thank you so much) as they complement 100% what I had in my thoughts. I found these beautiful open metal crosses to add to the rosary. It's truly beautiful reflecting my devotion to God.


Bronzed Roman bracelet

I was shopping in JoAnne's the other day and accidently discovered these green and bronze spacer beads for making a bracelet. I purchased them...
Components: I made this bracelet using the green spacers as my focals. I had these beautiful square howlite beads that complimented the deep green of the spacers. Since the medal base was bronze I decided to incorporate these small potato pearls that made this bracelet pop. I have lots of findings which these antique gold finished the look. The toggle and clasp is Tierra Cast in a hammered bronze. WOW !!! What a terrific looking dainty antiqued looking bracelet. It's a keeper !!!


Touches of Native Arizona

While I was shopping at Michael's I discovered these fantastic bracelet spacers. I recently moved to Arizona.
I thought to make myself some...
Components: These beautiful spacer beads are two-holed for bracelets. I had a string of Arizona turquoise which had greenish blueish with brown inclusions. Perfect for what I was wanting to create. Added tiny three holed spacer bars to give the bracelet more silver keeping with the design of the spacer beads. WOW !! I just love wearing this and have gotten compliments.


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