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Designs by Old Beaded Lady Chris

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.


Dark Chrome Delight

Still having fun stringing Czech pyramids !!! I found these 8mm Antique chrome 2 hole Czech pyramids
that grabbed my attention at my local bead...
Components: Now, I need to say that I don't have a lot of the gunmetal findings and such. The toggle clasp is a bit too large given the size of the bracelet. It will suffice temporary. I will be replacing it with a toggle clasp more in keeping with size. Ok, the bracelet is a combination of Czech glass beads. The jet black 2 hole tile beads and the 5 - 8mm Antiqued Chrome 2 hole pyramids. The design on the sides is two Superduo's in the Metallic Suede Gold with Toho 11/0 seed beads in black and the Gilded Marble Black. I strung this bracelet using the black Wild Fire beading thread. I used my gunmetal findings: gunmetal crimps, crimp covers, wire guardians. And that over sized gunmetal toggle and clasp.


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.


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