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  • Maggies Mom
    Maggies Mom on “Spiral Dance”:
    “Another gorgeous work of art!…” read »

  • Maggies Mom
    Maggies Mom on “odalisque”:
    “I can't imagine even attempting this! Intricate, ornate, gorgeous, beautifully done!!!!…” read »

  • Maggies Mom
    Maggies Mom on “Finally”:
    “Love it!…” read »

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    Robert J on “whirlpool”:
    “Thank you all for the complements. Sophiebug I don't try to see the holes when I'm…” read »

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    Robert J on “Spiral Dance”:
    “Good, I am glad it is helpful. remember to not over twist the square wire…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Patina Queen”:
    “RockyD, just saw your note...the leaves are from Lima--#42368--but they are out of stock right now.…” read »

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    Robert J on “odalisque”:
    “no, each step really is simple. there are only so many ways one can…” read »

  • kye
    kye on “whirlpool”:
    “Beautiful! Love the gradated pearls inside the spiral. Such a nice touch.…” read »

  • Rocky D
    Rocky D on “Patina Queen”:
    “Were did the leaves come from. If you don't mind me asking?…” read »

  • Sophiebug
    Sophiebug on “whirlpool”:
    “More "ooh" and "ahh"! Forget about finding needles to accommodate those seed beads-my eyes would not…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Beaded Hairpins”:
    “Nice idea. Really like the ones with the red pearls--they have a oriental touch to…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Easy Does It”:
    “Sometimes simplicity has a lot to say! You could create a hold variety of pieces,…” read »

  • Sophiebug
    Sophiebug on “Spiral Dance”:
    “Again, just wow! I'm going to try the spiral-love the look of it!…” read »

  • Sophiebug
    Sophiebug on “odalisque”:
    “Wow, this is so gorgeously intricate. And there's no earthly way I could ever come close…” read »

  • Sophiebug
    Sophiebug on “Finally”:
    “This is beautiful, especially the PC focal. Love the colors!…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Finally”:
    “I just love that you made so many of the components. I especially like all…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “odalisque”:
    “Robert, you are so funny, I'm chuckling now...surely not simple. Beautiful design with such intricate…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Spiral Dance”:
    “The square/spiral wire combo holding the cab is amazing! Including the instructions really helps all…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “whirlpool”:
    “Robert, this is so beautiful! I really like the pearls and tiny seed beads wrapped…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Spring Birds”:
    “All of YOUR support is a tremendous comfort. Sometimes we can feel so alone in…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Spotted Necklace”:
    “OK....this is totally the look I'm trying to achieve, but sadly never do! I'm in…” read »

  • Annabel
    Annabel on “Finally”:
    “Love the focal. Gorgeous bracelet. I really like the multi-strand components. Just lovely.…” read »

  • C Ferguson aka Annie
    C Ferguson aka Annie on “Finally”:
    “I loved the dandelion focal when you showed it previously, but seeing it in the finished…” read »

  • C Ferguson aka Annie
    C Ferguson aka Annie on “odalisque”:
    “Another beautiful design. :) …” read »

  • C Ferguson aka Annie
    C Ferguson aka Annie on “Spiral Dance”:
    “Beautiful. Thank you for sharing your process.…” read »

  • C Ferguson aka Annie
    C Ferguson aka Annie on “whirlpool”:
    “Wow Robert. This is a gorgeous design and the workmanship is excellent. Into my…” read »

  • C Ferguson aka Annie
    C Ferguson aka Annie on “3 Kumihimo”:
    “These are all beautiful Moogie. I didn't realize you could do kumihimo with larger beads…” read »

  • kye
    kye on “Spotted Necklace”:
    “I agree-wow! This is a wonderful necklace. I like how the patterned silk ties in with…” read »

  • Michelle
    Michelle on “Tangerine Dream”:
    “Thanks y'all !…” read »

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    S KatollakaSue on “Beaded Hairpins”:
    “Just the thing to finish off a lovely outfit!…” read »

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    S KatollakaSue on “Easy Does It”:
    “Wonderful, simple everyday piece! Could be some lucky buyer's signature piece!…” read »

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    S KatollakaSue on “whirlpool”:
    “Wow! Copper, pearls, tiny seeds - what's not to love? A fave!…” read »

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    Robert J on “whirlpool”:
    “20/0 seed beads are antiques, mine were made in the 1800's. Greasy is the…” read »

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    Robert J on “odalisque”:
    “I'd never before been even the slightest bit worried, and then recently I was on…” read »

  • Moogie
    Moogie on “whirlpool”:
    “Ok, I was wondering about the green opals. Thought I was going blind or something... Second, I've…” read »

  • Moogie
    Moogie on “odalisque”:
    “Robert, nice to see you again. I was thinking the same thing as Donna--who could come…” read »

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    Robert J on “whirlpool”:
    “how did green opal get into the materials? *sigh* The seed beads are so small I…” read »

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    Robert J on “Spiral Dance”:
    “lol. oh god no, not any more. I did at one point have…” read »

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    Robert J on “odalisque”:
    “woohoo. can add them back this way. …” read »

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    Robert J on “odalisque”:
    “oh crap it took the in process pics away for some reason. They may help simplify…” read »

Tied to the Southwest

About this design:

I've been traveling for awhile now but I miss my Sonoran desert! As I travel back to Arizona the occasional rain in the desert has a specific smell that is unmatched! I had to make a few pieces to bring me back to those feelings.
This knotting technique was on my list of new things to try. I didn't quite know how to attach and tie off the ends of the C-Lon so I made it up as I went but I'm pleased with how it turned out. Then the leather knot was frustrating so I made that up too. I just hope I can remember how I did it cause it worked great! HA ha!


Turquoise howlite focal, aqua dyed rhodonite rondels, antiqued copper beads, from LB: TierraCast button and twist spacer, 1.5mm antiqued brown leather cord and C-Lon cord

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  1. sweetjane
    sweetjane says:

    I really like your bracelet!! You did a great job with the knotting…I’m learning that as well. Great design..I would definitely wear it!

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    Ann-a706 says:

    I really like the style.

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    Beadaholic1 says:

    Copper with turquoise is one of my favorite combinations….great piece and totally southwest!

  4. Janet B
    Janet B says:

    Beautiful colours and design!

  5. Lois D
    Lois D says:

    I adore your bracelet, it’s beautiful. Your description of Arizona made me homesick for our ‘adopted’ home state in which we lived for many, many years. We plan to return when the time is right. I know exactly the that smell to which you refer. I miss everything about the desert. Thank you for sharing your beautiful creation and bringing back good memories.

  6. Chippy Chick aka Lindys
    Chippy Chick aka Lindys says:

    Absolutely gorgeous bracelet! I love turquoise and copper together! And the knotting is perfect for this design. Great work!

  7. Rocky D
    Rocky D says:

    Beautiful work!

  8. Beadlady3 aka Cindy
    Beadlady3 aka Cindy says:

    This is as cute as can be! Excellent design!

  9. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    Gorgeous! I love copper & turquoise together also. You say knotting technique…does that mean something besides the basic overhand good? Because it looks really good.

  10. SquirrelGirl aka Angela
    SquirrelGirl aka Angela says:

    Sorry, I should have said, this type of design, because yes you are correct that it is just an overhand knot in between each bead. But don’t ask me what kind of knots I did on the end…multiple made up ones. ;)

    Thank you all for your great comments and encouragement. This means I’ll have try more of these!

  11. Eeka Mouse
    Eeka Mouse says:

    Pretty bracelet! It looks so nice displayed on the shells.

  12. Asia
    Asia says:

    Love it! :D

  13. KatsAllThat
    KatsAllThat says:

    Oh this is so yummy!

  14. Elis Mom
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  15. Peggy3
    Peggy3 says:

    Very pretty

  16. RLMerder Designs
    RLMerder Designs says:

    I love this piece! :) So beautiful!

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    Mary - Sweet Chick says:

    Love it!!

  18. Old Beaded Lady Chris
    Old Beaded Lady Chris says:

    Definitely love the southwestern feel of this particular bracelet. I live in Arizona now moving from the Midwest. This bracelet is close to my desert heart SquirrelGirl. I love it !!!!

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