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Caiman

The shape and color of the button reminded me of a crocodile eye, sticking out above the water. The super duo pattern has a reptilian feel, and the...
Components: Natural Dark Green Leather (1.5mm), Turquoise Copper Picasso Super Duo, Opaque Luster Blue Super Duo, Turquoise with Bronze Super Duo, and Gold Metallic Suede Super Duo, Found Button


Lima's African Glass as Focal

Hi Ladies,
Per our chat about how to hide the knots in stretch bracelets. Here's a great looking bead. The Recycled African Glass from Lima. Not...
Components: Matte Aventurine in 10+6MM, copper colored seed beads, copper spacers.Faceted Onyx in 10MM, SP spacers from Lima, SP bead caps.


Indigo & Sage

I was inspired by the bracelets that Ali and Angela were making, so I finally made my own versions.Thank you to both of you !!! :D
Components: "Indigo" button from round Rabbit, Czech glass flowers LB and my stash, leather strap, rivets, jump rings, chain, clasp, Unicorne Beads teardrop, waxed linen all are from Lima. "Sage" Ceramic lentil from Majoyal. Czech flowers, clasp, cork strap, rivets, strap ends, jump rings, waxed linen my beloved Lima Beads.


Yellow Silk and pearls

Part of a a personal beading challenge I'm tackling this whole year. Trying to exercise my creative muscles by taking inspiration from different...
Components: Freshwater pearls, sari silk


deser sky

Focal is ocean jasper.


summer days

Oocean jasper and pearls


rainbow dreams

Avariety of different gems combined!


puppy love

Labrodite moonstone and a variety of others make this up.


El Arturo

Inspired by my favorite piano player Arturo Ortiz


Aztec Angel

I was doing a RAW bracelet with a Girl Scout troop and made one for myself, as I enjoy the simplicity of it and it's versatility.
Components: Lustered Turquoise 6/0 Seed Bead


Wild Rabbit

I went a little crazy with this design. I'm not sure if I like it or not.
Components: polymer clay bunny, vintage button, peacock daggers, blue green Quartz, peacock vintage seeds, copper chain, polymer clay toggle and Sari Silk.


Owl with an Orange Nose

I absolutely fell in love with this owl by Jess...the colors are great!
Components: polymer clay owl, blue bellflowers, some vintage discs, Greek ceramic orange cornflakes, orange ceramic beads, ...bead caps, leaf chain, Czech glass, Impression Jasper, chain and Green Girl clasp..by LB.


Barbed Wire Skull Bracelet

More inspiration from my Santa Fe trip. This bracelet has my barbed wire spacers made with sterling silver wire. I wanted to make some more...
Components: Chrysocolla, turquoise, elk antler, hematite skull, Bali spacers and beads, my barbed wire spacer, an artisan glass bead, artisan sterling skull bead


Triple Gold

I love the new textured cord so came up with my own version using TOHO seed beads that I handwove using a geometric pattern. Triple wrap marigold...
Components: marigold leather from LB, goldplated Greek button, gold CLon beading thread, TOHO seed beads


Spring Pansy

Here is my tribute to the wonderful pansy. They are some of the earliest flowers to come out in the spring and I think the little Czech pansies are...
Components: Suzique connector, Czech glass, Indonesian beads, brass chain and findings, waxed linen thread, pearl.


Summer Days Triple Wrap Bracelet

This bracelet started out with the Sunshine & Sand Woven Cord. It reminds me of a top thats sun-bleached from wearing it all summer long. I...


Textile & Metal Bangle

Now that fewer layers of clothing are being worn and the sun us shining more, I feel the need to layer my wrists with bracelets. I had an idea in...


Baby Blue Wirework

I got some beautiful baby blue agate beads, but it took me some time to figure out what to do with them.
Components: Baby Blue agate beads, 20 & 24 gauge wire.


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 !!!


Leafy Green leather bracelet

Greetings to all !!!
I am back into the leather. I had these green seed beads that I wanted to make a bracelet with. I have green in my...
Components: I used the 1.8mm leather cord in the natural color with light grey Super Lon thread. I used a combination of the Czech and Toho size 6/0 "E" beads. The colors are not marked on the tubes of beads. Damn it !!! I will try my best to determine .....matte moss or olive green, matte dark bronze, blueish green matte and the translucent dark olive green. Frustrating as hell when the colors are not marked on the tubes. A Toho flaw. I got these beads at Michaels. Genuine Toho's with the serial number indicating the color.


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.


All You Need is Love

I fell in love with these vintage seed beads,the toggle and the "love" bead as well...I thought they went well together.
Components: teal Impression Jasper, Magnesite chips, turquoise and pink luster piggies, vintage pink buttons, vintage seeds, polymer clay toggle, ceramic 'love' bead, turquoise "heart" bead, Czech blue opal and rainbow Agate, and teal waxed linen.


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.


Violet wave

I am still making these ;) I was asked for a purple one this time, yeah!
Components: 4mm & 6mm SW bicones, sterling silver 11/0 seed beads and toggle clasp.


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.


Black Woven Design Bead Loomed

I am learning to use my bead loom. I am having a blast as I love the challenge that it brings to me. I am at times slow learning and to follow a...
Components: I am using the Toho size 8/0 seed beads. The way to go is with Toho !!!! I used the black WildFire thread to weave my beads. The pattern is standard bead weave pattern. I just used whatever beads seemed to go with the pattern. The black are the jet matte and the pattern beads are the matte Iris Teal. Matte silver also used. Love that color mix. I finished my piece by utilizing the silver 20mm ribbon crimps. I will complete by attaching my lobster clasp and chain later. I'm learning the different methods and findings to finish loomed beads. I am very grateful for the power of knowledge !!! To learn and to experiment with the beads.


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.


earth gypsy mama

I wanted to make a statement, feel the weight and bring together yin and yang. I was feeling hope for mama earth and gave her elephant for strength
Components: repurposed beads, red clay, tribal beads, sari ribbons, Labradorite, Onyx faceted ball


queen of hearts

she is a wild one who inspired me while bouncing around to my chakra playlist * passionate colors for the root chakra & sacral chakra * re-purposed...
Components: Rose Quartz, sari ribbons, hand dyed silk ribbons, pink skull bead, re-purposed rhinestone bead and a heart from the costume piece I wore as an extra in the Iron Man movie and re-purposed bangles


Your World Stacked Bracelets

This set of bracelets was inspired by TierraCast's Your World line of buttons and charms. They pair very naturally with our woven cotton cord,...


Pyramid Bracelet #1

I love the colors in the beads in this bracelet
Components: wire, pyramid beads, seed beads, metal beads


Celebration of Spring bracelet

This is a modified form of a pattern ("Framed pearls bracelet" by Billie Hackett), which I loved because it was elegant and simple. Instead of...
Components: 10-12mm flat round mother-of-pearl beads; antique bronze wire, 18 gauge; bronze or copper wire for wrapping, 24 gauge.


Egg Finder's Lucky Charm Bracelet

Did you just try to click those? It won't add to your count, sorry about that!

After this year's intense hunt, I thought maybe I should have a...
Components: Nunn Design Antique Silver (plated) Small Oval Bezel Bracelet 18x13mm, Nunn Design Glass Oval 13x18mm, Lima's beautiful little eggs, adhesive


Teal Swirl

This is my version of shaggy loops. My fingers are so sore from wire wrapping all the uno dangles. Now I know how Asia feels doing all her wire...
Components: Czech glass, Star Jasper, Impression Jasper, TierraCast clasp, 20 and 24g antique copper Artistic Wire from LB. Grace lampwork bead from my stash.


Simple bangle bracelet

This is a great basic piece that can be modified to make many different versions.
Components: 14 gauge soft copper wire


Strapping Zig Zag Bracelet

I was in the shop pulling some lengths of ribbon and leather for designs over the next couple weeks when an idea struck. Typically to roll up...


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