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Designs by Old Beaded Lady Chris

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.


Blue Bird of Springtime

Greetings all !!! Well, this has become one of my most ambitious designs yet. I had this old polymer clay pendant which I have been pondering for...
Components: Oh boy...the list is going to be long and involved. O.k..the polymer clay pendant is my focal point. I used a bronze tree branch connector with more that just the usual kind. This one has more connecting for bead work. I used Czech glass leaves and flowers to embellish the tree branch giving it the look of a flowering tree at springtime. You know what I am trying to achieve here. Anyway, I then brain stormed the birds nest. I found this large bronze bird nest connector with three holders for the eggs. I used my 3 or 4mm glass pearl beads in the gold for the eggs. I used bronze findings throughout my necklace: crimps, wire guardians, crimp covers, bronze bead wire, decorative head pins, and just about anything else bronze. I had these bronze beads in my stash...added them into the necklace. What the hell...I said...go for it !!! The beads are these creamy beige river stone gemstone beads. So, I played around with making the flowers with the Czech Picasso maple leaves until I got the look that I wanted. These Czech Picasso leaves have the same blue as in the flowers and my pendant only subtle. I also had these glazed clay ceramic large pony beads that I added into the design to add blue. All in all, I completed what I had in my mind.


Big Striped Minty Pink Crystal Persuasion

I have two of these really unique hand crafted lamp work beads that are old.
This one is my favorite as I love the way that the artisan got the...
Components: Just like the other one I went with the clear crystal beads to complement the focal. It also enhanced it. I strung a combination of beads given the colors of the focal bead. Clear crystal glass beads in the disk shape and the 8mm octagon shape used. I also incorporated 6mm dusty pink crystal glass beads, 8mm Czech shiny minty green pearlized Druks, and ran the Miyuki 6/0 clear crystal glass beads up to the top of the necklace. I used silver: wire, crimps, wire guardians, crimp covers. I finished with a medium sized shiny oval roped toggle/clasp. My bracelet is the same combination of beads sans the lamp work. I used a small round shiny roped toggle/clasp. My earring are the French fish hooks with a simple design of the same bead combination.


Pearly Red and Black as Night set

Well, here is my story on this bead set. I was shopping at my local JoAnne's craft store. I always hit the beads. Anybody out there hear of Blue...
Components: There are five pearly red disks in the set that I purchased. One disk was damaged. Didn't matter though...I didn't need it. I used a combination of red glass pearls in the 4mm and the 6mm. Black glass crystal beads in 4mm, 6mm, and 8mm. Toho silver metal 8/0 seed beads. I used silver: wire, crimps, wire guardians, double silver bead caps, crimp covers. I finished with a small simple toggle/clasp. A single strand bracelet utilizing the same beads with the red pearly disk as my focal. The earring are French fish hooks with silver seed beads, red glass pearls and one 8mm black glass crystal bead.


Tribal Celebration

Oh, so let me explain this design thingy. I had this bracelet that I made a long time ago with these unique handcrafted lampwork glass beads. I...
Components: Where do I start to describing this ? O.k...here I go: the lamp work beads are two sets that I have purchased a very long time ago. One-of-a-kind which consists of squares, disks and rondelles in earthy tones of browns, golds tone and a touch of black. The large 10mm beads are sort of a rusty orange...gemstones in the jasper family. 10mm silver metal beads. The spacers are these decorative swirly design 10mm disks. The black and brown are clay spacer beads 10mm. Also 10mm silver metal spacer beads. A combination of 10mm black crystal glass rondelles and 6mm round crystal black glass beads. I used silver: wire, crimps, wire guardians, crimp covers. The toggle / clasp a very simple one. The same combination of beads are used in my bracelet with the lamp work being the center of attention. My earring are the French fish hooks with the lamp work squares as my focal with the 10mm rusty orange beads. The clay and metal spacer beads in between the mix.


Stoned Out Paper

I purchase these paper beads from the same person. I found these vibrant ones with a combination of blues and oranges. So, I decided to stretch...
Components: 8 vibrant paper beads approximately 1 inch in length each. I wanted gemstone chips to go with these beads. I found blue Aventurine gemstone chips that worked. I went with a funky tribal type of design. The 6mm orange sherbert colored beads which are as old as the hills in my bead stash which I incorporated into the design. I also used these really neat silver metal bead spacers. The tiny dangling beads are dark royal blue potato pearl beads. I used silver: wire, crimps, wire guardians, crimp covers, and a toggle / clasp to pick up the design in the metal beads spacers. The bracelet is a double strand of the same combination of beads used in my necklace. I used a tube clasp along with the two hole spacer bars to hold the bracelet together. The two paper beads are my focal. The earrings are the French fish hooks with a simple design of the paper bead with two silver metal spacer beads at each end. The tiny dangles are the 4mm dark royal blue potato pearl beads and these 3mm light orange glass Druks.


Purple Paper Passion

I dabble into what I can do with different materials in the jewelry making craft. Paper beads intrigue me.
I love the craftsmanship that goes into...
Components: 8 beautiful paper beads approximately 1 inch in length each. A combination of purples, hints of blues with a creamy center with a hint of lavender. I centered my colors with purple and beige. I used a combination of beads starting with 8mm purple crackle glass beads, 8mm pale pearly white crystal glass rondelle, 6mm clear crystal glass beads and 4mm beige Druks. The seed beads are the 6/0 crystal clear Miyuki's. I used silver: wire, crimps, wire guardians, crimp covers, and tiny daisy bead spacers. I finished with a simple silver toggle / clasp. My bracelet is a combination of the same beads as my necklace. I used a tube clasp as the bracelet is a double strand. The earring are the French fish hooks with just the paper bead and the 4mm beige Druk glass bead.


Golden White leather bracelet

I was searching for some really unique buttons. I wanted to continue making leather bracelets using the buttons. I found this really nice button...
Components: I used 2mm sliver white leather cord. I used a combination of the Czech and Toho size 6/0 "E" beads. The Czech glass beads are the matte dark gold and the silk pearl. The Toho's are not marked by color. I will determine my best guess....light topaz with the glassy finish and the translucent frosted crystal. One out of two ain't bad for the Toho's. I got one right...yeah !!! I used the Super Lon bead cord in the cream color to string the beads. The button did it as it's old and has style to it. The back side of it is all gold plastic. What a match !!!


All Loomed Out

Greetings bead crafty people !!! So, after learning and experimenting with the bead loom; I have concluded my working with it for a while. I have...
Components: I have used Toho size 8/0 seed beads in all of the bead loom projects. I have a stash built up of the colors that I think will work with my wardrobe. I have used either the white or the black WildFire thread. Most of the bracelets are finished by attaching ribbon crimps in either the gold or the silver. I used the double split rings in either gold or silver to attach my magnetic clasps. Because I have found the bracelets to be light weight; the magnetic clasps work well for me. So does the ribbon crimps. Much easier to work with as you finish your project.


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.


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.


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.


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 purple...
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.


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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