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Designs by Old Beaded Lady Chris

Native American Beauty

I live in Arizona where the Native American tribes which are 10 total make this their ancestral home. Navajo, Apache, Tohono O'odham, Yavapai just...
Components: I used my Jewel Bead Loom by Beadalon along with the Beadalon WildFire beading thread in black. I used mostly the Toho seed beads in size 8/0 except for the dark browns which are the Miyuki 8/0. Here are my colors: Miyuki Opaque / Transparent Dark Brown. The rest are Toho. Permanent Finish - Matte Galvanized Starlight / Gold -Lustered African Sunset / Silver-Lined Frosted Dark Topaz. The 20 mm gold metal ribbon crimps along with a simple styled toggle and clasp to finish the bracelet.

I've Got the Blues

I just love denim and I wear my jeans faithfully when I'm hanging out with my gal pals. I didn't have a bead loomed bracelet with anything blue....
Components: I used my Jewel Loom by Beadalon along with the Beadalon WildFire bead thread in black. I had these very distinctive Czech Mates 2 hole tile beads with the Picasso design. Sort of a jet black with blues mixed in. The blues show the denim color. Perfect for what I wanted. I used Toho seed beads in just two colors : Opaque jet black and the Marbled Opaque Turquoise / Blue. Don't let that Turquoise / Blue fool you. The color of this particular bead really picks up the blues in the Czech Mates to a tee. Yet, gives the right amount of contrast in the design. I wanted to mix it up a bit. I decided to place these wonderful silver metallic looking 6 mm rice beads into my design. I like what or how this turned out. I used the 20 mm silver metal ribbon crimps along with a simply styled silver toggle and clasp.

Green Tea with Olive

I'm still having fun beading with my bead loom. I am loving the new colors that the bead companies have out now. Exciting colors to create...
Components: I used my Jewel Bead Loom by Beadalon using the Beadalon WildFire thread in white. All of the seed beads are from Toho and the size is 8/0. Here are my colors: Matte - Dark Olive / Gold-Lustered Green Tea / Permanent Finish - Frosted Galvanized Yellow Gold / Three of the Silver-Lined Frosted Smoky Topaz. 20 mm gold ribbon crimps with a simple styled gold toggle with clasp to finish the bracelet.

It's A Psychodelic Thing

Here is another uniquely designed polymer clay bead from Aloha Moe. Maureen had this really colorful bead that I spotted at her shop at Etsy. I...
Components: My focal bead is this 25 mm coin shaped polymer clay bead. I used these Chinese crystals that I had in my bead stash. Since I had this really nice peace charm; I decided to dangle it from the bead. Kind of fitting don't ya think ? I used this silver plated chain keeping my design as simple as possible. I used a lobster clasp to finish my necklace. Now, all that I need is a pair of bell bottom jeans and I'm in the groove.


I just purchased this very striking polymer clay 22 mm coin shaped bead from Aloha Moe.
Maureen makes the beautiful polymer clay beads which I am...
Components: My focal is the 22 mm coin shaped bead. I used the Czech Mates 6 mm two hole tile beads in the jet black. I strung this bracelet by hand using the Beadalon WildFire thread in black. I very luckily had Toho seed beads that matched perfectly with my focal bead. Toho 8/0 seed beads in two colors : Permanent Finish / Matte Galvanized Pink Lilac and Permanent Finish/ Frosted Galvanized Mint Green. I had these 4 mm round Czech crystal glass beads in purple that worked. I used my 3 mm shiny round silver metal beads. I used my 4 hole I believe the Tierra Cast silver spacer bar bracelet findings. Silver findings used: crimps, crimp covers, wire guardians, 2 round silver 5 mm heishi spacers, and the two hole silver tube clasp.

Oxblood Czech Mates Bracelet

To quote from Monty Python.."And now for something completely different" que the music !! I am half pure Czech and I'd like to know whose the one...
Components: 6mm Czech Mates 2 hole tile beads in the Picasso style in Oxblood. I paired my Toho round size 8/0 seed beads. Inside-Color Crystal/ Metallic Teal Lined with the photos don't give the true colors of the beads. There is teal green mixed in that Picasso design. I used the Silver-Lined Frosted Black Diamond to give some sparkle without too much bling and to separate the lines into a simplistic design. I used my Jewel Bead Loom with the Beadalon WildFire bead thread in black. I used my shiny silver ribbon crimps and a simple shiny toggle and clasp to finish the bracelet. Let's just say that this bracelet is slowly growing on me. Even the not so pretty beads get some exposure.

Cuff in Purple Passion

I have the Czech Mates 2 hole tiles in the Luster Opaque Amethyst that I decided to use on my bead loom. I wanted to make myself a cuff bracelet...
Components: For starters ...the 6 mm two hole Czech Mates tile beads in the Luster Opaque Amethyst. Toho seed beads in size 8/0 were used : Marbled Opaque Light Blue / Amethyst = Matte in the Mauve Mocha = Silver Lined Crystal. The beads in the silver lines are the 3mm Czech glass beads that I received from my Easter egg hunt with Lima Beads. It was one of their prizes. I just incorporated them into my design. I used my Jewel Loom by Beadalon with the Beadalon WildFire thread in white. I used my 20 mm shiny silver ribbon crimps. I'm happy that I decided to use the Toho silver lined crystals as the silver gives this design some bling. And who doesn't like a little bit of bling in their wardrobe these days ? Last, I used a shiny toggle and clasp to complete the bracelet.

Persian Turquoise Beauty

I have these Czech Mates two hole tile beads collecting dust. I have the Beadalon Jewel Loom waiting to be used. Add these two and this is what I...
Components: I used my 6 mm Czech Mate two hole tiles in the Persian Turquoise Moon Dust. Pretty beads at that !!! I matched up three of the Toho size 8/0 seed beads that I thought would go nicely with the dark turquoise. Antiqued mettalic silver for starters followed by opaque matte gray. This one did the trick...opaque lustered lagoon which made this color combo pop. I used my WildFire beading thread in the black. I finished off by using my 20 mm silver ribbon crimps. A nice shiny oval roped toggle and clasp to finish attached by the silver split rings. I love using the split rings as I'm confident that I will not loose my toggle / clasp and the the bracelet is secure. What I find is when I am weaving after I finished with my beads that I will weave another time with my thread. It makes the bracelet a little bit more taunt and stronger. It still has the flexability to it. I also played with my design as to making it a little more interesting playing the colors of the grays. I am very please with my first experiment with the Czech Mates.

Bronzed Brown Czech Mate Bead Weave

I have in my bead stash some of the
Czech Mates two hole squares which are collecting dust. I love to bead weave now since I have my Jewel Loom...
Components: O.k.. I used the 6 mm two hole tile Czech Mates in the Picasso opaque light beige. I love these beads !!! Two rows of the Toho seed beads in the size 8/0. One is the bronze matte and the other is the matte galvanized starlight. I used my WildFire bead thread in the black. I have different sizes and colors of the metal ribbon crimps.Here I used the 13 mm gold ribbon crimps. I used this beautiful rope design gold toggle and clasp attached by gold split rings.

Swirled in Blue Silver

I just purchased this beautiful 20 mm coin shaped polymer clay bead from AlohaMoe Beads.
I love blue and this bead with her unique design caught...
Components: My focal is the blue silver swirled design of this 20 mm coin shaped bead. I used the Czech SuperDuo two hold beads in this simple design using two colors : blue luster and the clear crystal. The antiqued silver metallic are Toho size 8/0. I used silver findings along with my WildFire thread in the white. I used a silver two hole tube clasp.

Rainbow in Paper

When I purchase my paper beads I will receive a gift bag as well as a thank you for my purchase. I received this really nice large bicone paper...
Components: One large paper bicone bead as my focal. I used these pale glass disks to complement the colors within the paper bead. I love silver so I incorporated the shiny silver metal heishi in the row of the glass disks. The white band in the middle of the paper bead gave me the inspiration to go with the 8mm pale white sea glass beads. The almost translucent 6mm glass beads to follow. I finished with a simple silver toggle / clasp.

Festival of Color in Paper

I'm still inspired by paper beads. I just received these paper beads and I wanted to create a necklace with them.
These paper beads are oval...
Components: My paper beads are my focal. I strung a mix of 6mm white glass druk beads unfortunately from China. They will do. I used these really nice crystal clear 10mm glass bicones. I also used these silver 10mm metal beads. What I like is these silver beads are not as shiny which gives off a different look. I used shiny 6mm silver metal heishi spacers in between my paper beads. I used silver: wire, crimps, crimp covers and wire guardians. I finished off my necklace with a rope design toggle/clasp.

Kazuri Drop In Teal N' Grey

Kazuri has the wonderful drop pendants in a colorful pattern wavy rich in design. I love the colors of this particular drop pendant. Teal at the...
Components: The Kazuri drop pendant as my focal piece. I coordinated my beads and colors around the pendant. The 12mm round Kazuri beads picking up the aqua followed by glass spacers in aqua and grey. The dark teal clay beads at the ends. I used silver findings to embellish my design. 12mm silver daisy spacer beads along with the small daisy spacers at each end of the necklace. I had this nice grey leather cord which goes perfectly with the lighter grey in the pendant.

Kazuri Purple Passion pendant

Oh, how I love the color of purple. I love the Kazuri beads. Put the two together and oh still my heart. I purchased this large Kazuri...
Components: Whoops !!! I just typed the list of components in the describe the piece section. It's late and I'm getting tired. Mistakes do happen. Sorry about that !!!

Kazuri Green Yellow Mix

I had these old Kazuri beads in my stash. I wanted to make jewelry using them. This is what I came up with.
Components: A combination of the various shapes of the Kazuri beads in the colors of greens and yellow mixed within the beads. I strung these beads on grey leather cord with silver findings. I also made a pair of coordinating earrings to match.

Triangles in the Blues

I found these wonderful gemstone triangles at my local bead store. What an amazing find indeed !!! Sodalite gemstone triangles that are quality...
Components: The gemstone triangles in the hues of blues which brings out the color of the Sodalite gemstone as my focal. 10mm dark blue/navy glass druk beads with white glass spacers giving this necklace a geometric flow. I used shiny chains to dangle from each of the triangle beads. I used the silver 6/0 Toho seed beads on white leather cord. I purposely used leather as it makes the triangle design just pop. I purchased seven of these triangles and I used six. I decided to make matching earrings. My friend Marie fell in love with this particular set. I will be looking to creating this same design look with the Mahogany Obsidian gemstone in the future. I will be using black Onyx with those triangles.

Love is Patient Love is Kind Heart

I just love hand crafted clay/ceramic work by individual artisans who love what they do and do it very well. One of them is Bo Hulley. This heart...
Components: My focal is this beautifully hand crafted cream colored heart. Because the holes are unique to the pendant; I made my own bails to fit using silver eye pins. I purchased this nice charm from Bohemian Findings in Canada that carries a huge selection of charms for the jewelry making people like us. Love Is Patient Love Is Kind...with Bo's heart. A very special necklace for myself. I used the creamy riverstone gemstone beads in the 4mm and the 6mm sizes. I also incorporated the Czech two toned fire crystal beads in brown/clear. I also used the tiny 4mm silver round metal beads. Silver findings: crimps, bead wire, crimp covers, wire guardians. I used two silver double split rings to attach my silver charm and the dangle beads. They won't come off I promise you that !!! I finished my necklace with this shiny silver toggle/clasp in a heart design.

Crimson Fire and Blue Ice

A very long time past as I purchased this very unique lampwork glass pendant which is like
kind. I loved the way the glass...
Components: My focal is this beautiful crimson red lampwork glass pendant. I strung with my beading wire a combination of beads pulling in the colors within the glass pendant. The large red pearlized acrylic which I believe are about 12mm in their size. I also used the 8mm blue crystal glass beads along with the 8mm opaque white glass beads. Shiny silver 6mm heishi spacers adding silver to the mix. I used silver in my findings: crimps, crimp covers, wire guardians, and I finished it with a simple shiny roped designed oval toggle/clasp.

Array of Larger Gemstone Donut necklaces

If you glanced at my first addition of gemstone donuts; I also have the larger
sized ones as well. These measure at
the 32mm size. I followed...
Components: 32mm Gemstone donuts: Moss Green Brecciated Jasper, Blue/White Magnesite, Unakite, Green/Red Apple Jasper, Red Picture Jasper. All of them are hand strung using the WildFire beading thread and the Toho size 8/0 in colors coordination with the colors of the gemstone donuts. I used the same design as that in the smaller donut necklaces. Czech SuperDuo's along with other seed beads, crystals, and metal findings. I used either the gold or silver findings: crimps, crimp covers, wire guardians, and the very decorative barrel clasps.

Array of Gemstone Donuts

I'm like the female Simpson...DUH or is it DOH ?!!! (LOL) DONUTS anyone ? !!! I just love those donuts...gemstones of course. I went donut mad as...
Components: Gemstone donuts : 25mm Black Snowflake Obsidian, Leopardskin Jasper, Natural Jasper, Rhodonite, and Red Japser. All of them hand strung using the Toho size 11/0 seed beads in coordination to the colors within each gemstone. My simple design within the necklaces consists of the Czech SuperDuo glass beads along with either silver or gold metal findings and crystal beads. All necklaces are strung with WildFire beading thread. Don't ask me how I was able to string four threads onto those tiny 11/0 seed beads. It was a killer and frustrating at times. I sometimes blurred out some unappropriated language. But, never will I use that "F" bomb. Not in my vocabulary !!! I'm a lady after all.... Anyway, I finished all of my necklaces using either the gold or silver findings : crimps, crimp covers, wire guardians, and these very decorative barrel clasps.

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