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Designs by Old Beaded Lady Chris

Colors of the Southwest

I reside in Arizona. I am not a native Arizonian; but, a transplanted retiree. My home will always be Chicago. I just get to shovel sunshine...
Components: This bracelet consists of turquoise that was mined here in Arizona. You can still purchase American turquoise; however, be prepared to pay top dollars for the better quality beads. This bracelet cost me twenty five dollars with just the turquoise beads and the spiny oyster spacers. I found these tiny sterling silver saucers spacers beads from a Native American craftsman in New Mexico. They weren't that expensive as I feared. It made a huge difference and enhancing the beauty of the beads. Very Arizona and Native American. I learned that most of today's Native American jewelry designers use different types of natural elements like the red coral, the orange spiny oyster, Amber, and gemstones like Charolite, Gaspeite, and turquoise mined either here or Nevada, New Mexico, and now Colorado. I am learning about this state and all that it has to offer.


Just Believe

I have the word bead and I have a small
silver cross. I wanted to make a dainty bracelet to wear which would not be so overpowering nor being...
Components: A very dainty bracelet with a silver word bead that is my focal. I accented the word by using my tiny silver cross which also accents the ornate silver metal beads. The inner design consists of the Denim Blue luster SuperDuo's and Toho 11/0 Hematite seed beads. I used silver findings: silver beading wire, crimps, silver crimp covers, and a small rope designed toggle.


Beuaty in Beige

One thing that was on my "to do" list is making myself a neutral bracelet that would go with everything. I did just that. Beige with bling. I...
Components: The bracelet was great to construct with this simple bead pattern. I used my two toned Czech brown and crystal fire polished 6mm glass beads. The inner pattern is the SuperDuo Czech glass beadsin the pastel Brown/Coca color and the tiny seed beads are Toho 11/0 silver lined clear beads. I used silver findings : silver beading wire, silver crimps, silver crimp covers, and a very small simple shiny silver toggle.


Czecher Blues

I'm in a Czech state of mind !!! I guess because the Czech is in my blood literally. My dad is Czech !!! I wanted to bead with the other type of...
Components: Bracelet is made with the Czech 8mm Jet Silver Picasso 2-hole pyramid beads. The inner design connecting the pyramids consists of Czech SuperDuo in the pastel Petrol color. The seed beads are the Toho 11/0 Higher Metallic frosted Mediterranean Blue and the 11/0 Metallic Hematite. I used my silver findings: silver bead wire, silver crimps, silver crimp covers and a very simple plain shiny silver toggle with clasp.


Golden Mauve Splendor

I wanted to make myself a bracelet using my Czech Mates that I had sitting in my bead stash for a very long time. I'm in the Czech zone !!!!
Components: Two stranded bracelet utilizing the Czech Mates in the Picasso golden mauve design. The tiny seed beads are the Toho 11/0 in Opaque White/Pink and the larger Toho 8/0 in the Silver lined frosted light Topaz. I used gold in my findings: gold bead wire, gold crimps, gold crimp covers, and a gold barrel clasp.


Honey Dew with Cream

Boy, I have to admit that these Czech Mates are nice. I have small wrists and I love the daintier look personally. Simple and stylish is what I...
Components: Three strands of stringing with two of the Czech Mates. The seed beads are Toho with the very tiny 11/0 called opaque pastel frosted mudbrick. Whew...and that my friends is the color of those beads. The larger seed beads are ?. I believe they could be Miyuki. 8/0 in matte cream. Bead shops will sometimes package the seed beads with their own labeling like this one. The seed beads are consistent with Japanese in their quality. I used the Wild Fire white beading thread. Silver finding...crimps, crimp covers, wire guardians. I also used a silver three hole tube clasp. Oh geez...the middle strand !!! I strung a combination of the seed beads along with these 4mm Czech glass crystal beads in a smokey topaz color that picks up with those mudbricks. Evens out the color scheme of the total look.


Brownies with Cream

Still concentrating with the various Czech beads that have made their place in crafting. I wanted to try my hand with the Czech Mates. I had a...
Components: Double strand of beaded Czech Mates in this brownish design. The very tiny seed beads are the Toho 11/0 in matte cream. The slightly larger seed beads in the gold luster Toho 8/0. I strung all with black Fire Wire beading thread. I went with gold findings to complement the gold seed beads. I used gold crimps, crimp covers, and gold wire guardians. I also used the two hole gold tube clasp.


Burgandy in Pink

I wanted to try my luck with the Czech SuperDuo beads. I purchased this bead pattern for stringing these unique Czech beads. I also purchased...
Components: A delicate bracelet utilizing the 6mm Czech Picasso mauve crystal glass beads. The bead pattern consists of two superduo's in the pastel burgundy color. The very tiny seed beads are clear with a silver lining inside. I'm not sure as to what Japanese company supplied a local bead shop that I would shop at. The packaging is the bead shop's own packaging. With the consistency of the beads; it's either Miyuki or Toho. Many of the independent beads shops carry one or the other. I strung with white Fire Wire beading thread. Silver crimps, crimp covers, wire guardians and a very simple small silver toggle clasp to complete it.


Putting the Ox in Aqua

I wanted to try my luck with the Czech
Superduo beads. I know that they are tiny and primarily used in bead stitching work. I do openly admit...
Components: I used very old pale aqua glass beads as my focals and worked the bead pattern around them. The Oxblood seed beads are Toho 8/0. The tiny round seed beads are Toho 11/0 aqua with oxblood in the center of them. The Czech superduo is the pastel aqua. I used white Wild Fire beading thread along with my silver crimps, crimp covers, wire guardians, and a small simple silver toggle clasp. Simple and dainty.


Pretty in Pietersite

I purchased a small cabochon of Pietersite awhile back ago. I searched to find these 8mm silver bead connectors so I could make myself a bracelet....
Components: The focal point of this dainty bracelet is the Pietersite cab that I set into this silver bracelet connector. I used my beading wire along with my silver crimps, crimp covers and the silver wire guardians. The seed beads are Toho 8/0 terra cotta and the 6mm beads are very old from my bead stash. They are glass. The tiny decorative 6mm silver bead spacers are very old as well. It gives the bracelet some pizazz.


Amethyst On White

Greeting all !!! Wanted to make myself another licorice leather bracelet with a custom cabochon. Purple is one of my favorite colors. I wear it...
Components: I have a few bezel settings 18mm for the licorice leather. I had a friend who is into lapidary make me this cabochon and was set as well. I used the white licorice leather along with the components made for it. I wanted it simple. Let the cab speak for itself. Tried to be as minimal with the rubber O rings as possible.


Rustic Flower bracelet

Greetings to all my fellow beaders !!!
Well, I love to browse around the Internet looking for what strikes my eye. My passion is making...
Components: The flower connector which is my focal was easy for me to make my bracelet. I was looking for simplicity. In my bead stash I found these beads to incorporate into the bracelet. I used antique brass for my findings to keep the bracelet with a rustic touch to it. I couldn't decide if I wanted leather with wood beads as that would have worked out very well too. I have small wrists and I wanted this to be somewhat dainty. The beads are very old and I think that they are for the most part glass. I'm not quiet sure though. The brown ones shine like cat eye's. All in all they seemed to have worked out for me.


Flowers with a Twist

I'm still working with leather cords and their components. I asked to copy this particular design from a vendor which I purchase my leather cords...
Components: The main leather strap is 10mm with a soft floral pattern with blues evident in the flowers. The silver slider findings hold 2mm round leather cord which is weaved or twisted on both sides of the leather strap. The clasp is a 15mm magnetic one to hold everything together along with super glue for leather. I have another piece of this floral leather strap in the colors of olive, teal and purple. I will be making the same bracelet with a berry color that matches the purple with the same silver sliders and a different 15mm magnetic clasp. I see that Lima has the cork cords. Fantastic !!! This is the new leather sensation right now. Great colors and designs !!!!


Turquoise Abstracted with Pearls

I'm always on the hunt for the unusual or very inexpensive lampwork beads. I found this artisan who had these turquoise glass beads very cheap. I...
Components: In my bead stash I have these dark grey glass pearls that match the design within the glass turquoise beads. Some silver spacers and a nice toggle clasp. Ta-Da...simple, dainty, and will go nicely with my wardrobe.


Blue Floral Beauty

I just purchased these beautiful Czech glass floral beads. They are 8mm in size which are hard to find it seems.
I used the beads in my stash to...
Components: A combination of various beads in the colors to capture the color of the flower beads. Pale blue with hints of purplish lavender with the center of the flowers accented in bronzed gold. I used bronze rondelle beads and bronze tube clasp to embellish the bronze in the flowers. I had these Czech 8mm lavender bluish rondelles that seemed to match as well. I used the deep blue 6mm rondelles to contrast.


Swinging Salmon

When my interest peaked with the new
licorice leather; I purchased this hand made slider. It's made from glass; yet, the feel of it with it's...
Components: Salmon licorice leather with this slider focal for starter. I used just the periwinkle rubber O rings along with simple silver findings to keep the focal as primary interest.


White Olive Mix

I had this very nice lampwork glass
slider made especially for the licorice leather in my bead stash for a long time. I needed to complete my...
Components: White licorice leather bracelet with the designer slider focal. I used the rubber O rings and silver findings made for the licorice leather to complete this look.


Orange Marmalade with Denim

I had the extremely good fortune to run across this amazing carnelian cabochon which is named "Orange Marmalade" by the lady who has created it. I...
Components: Since the medal slider is made for the flat leather cord; it wasn't hard for me to figure out just how to create a really simple bracelet. Arizona leather has this nice denim looking color. Since I live in Arizona why not got with the southwestern colors. I used the butterfly sliders to complete my design. Simple and sweet.


Blue & Brown Abstracted

I discovered this unique hand crafted slider bead made for licorice leather.
I love the design and colors of the clay bead.
Components: Cognac licorice leather embellished with the beautiful clay focal bead. I used the rubber O rings matching the colors inside of the clay bead along with silver findings also to coordinate with the licorice leather.


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.


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