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Designs by Old Beaded Lady Chris

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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 !!!!


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.


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