The Design Gallery

Follow along with step-by-step beading projects and share your designs with beaders around the world—it’s quick & easy!

Chatter

Water's Edge


About this design:

It's summer. I'm thinking of beaches. When I inherited a box of sea-colored mixed beads and ceramic shells, the result had to be all about open water. The Saki clasp showed up at LB at just the right time.

Components:

Amazonite, kyanite, aquamarine, abalone, Saki bronze clasp, antique silver links and bracelet clasp, seed beads

Additional Images:



Read the comments (or add your own)

  1. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    Oh geeeez Laud….this is just over the top beautiful. The toggle is the perfect focal for this.

  2. Nafri aka Nanci
    Nafri aka Nanci says:

    Laud, what a wonderful choice of colors, shapes and textures. I can feel the sand between my toes and the waves lapping at my ankles. Truly beautiful :)

  3. Laud
    Laud says:

    I was sooo glad that clasp appeared. All I had for the center before that was another ceramic shell. The whole piece looked dull–and I’d hooked on another section of the bracelet beading, which muddied up the design. It was a mess. I’m happy with it now, and with finding a way to use the kyanite. Who knew turquoise and cool blue could go together? That was a surprise to me.

  4. Nancy Mc
    Nancy Mc says:

    Laud..I could write a book about these creationss,but I’m just gonna say,WOW!
    Oh PS..Those brios are ethereal. :)

  5. Laud
    Laud says:

    I was hoarding the aquamarine for just THE perfect occasion. (Got the strand during the December sales.) The shape/color automatically suggest water. One day, I’ll use them as raindrops, I think.

  6. No Photo
    Mary S - Sweet Chick says:

    Stop it! Just stop it, will you?!! :-D
    I like the way Nancy put it…..book and all! ;-) WOW!

  7. Blooming Ideas
    Blooming Ideas says:

    This (these are) is so lovely. Beautifully designed! :)

  8. NY Bella
    NY Bella says:

    I echo all the comments! This is awesome!

  9. Beadaholic
    Beadaholic says:

    This is beyond words….so I’ll just say another stunner! Makes me want to jump right in a lake–and I can’t swim! LOL

  10. Beadzilla aka Wanda
    Beadzilla aka Wanda says:

    The blues you chose are just gorgeous together, and the clasp is killer. Everything just flows together with great elegance. Another Beauty!!

  11. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    LOve this!! My favorite 2 things are the perfect spot for that toggle and the bubbly bracelet but the whole thing is over the top fantastic!!!

  12. Laud
    Laud says:

    Becky, I have to credit you with tipping me off to the kyanite. I’d looked at it but didn’t buy any until you said in a comment it was really fine–and it is. The strand has pearly sheen; the pieces are even and equally sized. Thanks!

  13. Granny Nancy
    Granny Nancy says:

    Ditto, ditto, ditto. So gorgeous. I love it. Its one of the prettiest beach necklaces I’ve ever seen.

  14. Granny Nancy
    Granny Nancy says:

    And the bracelet…. wow…….what a winner this is! I don’t know if I’ve ever used kyanite. I have a stash that seems to go on forever so I should look. I do have lots of amazonite.

  15. No Photo
    Grandma Rae says:

    Love the soft blues you would find at the beach. Also the you used the perfect clasp.

  16. Chippy Chick aka Lindys
    Chippy Chick aka Lindys says:

    Love it! Love it! Love it!

  17. Designs 2 njoy
    Designs 2 njoy says:

    Exquisite! The colors and textures work so well together and the clasp is the perfect finish.

  18. Asia
    Asia says:

    Out standing, that clasp looks even better in the design that it does on LB, love the colors, the Kyanite is gorgeous, LB has the best quality always :D

  19. Laud
    Laud says:

    I have to praise the clasp–it’s beautifully made. I’ve had some trouble with artisan clasps (toggle doesn’t quite fit), but this one is perfectly sized and finished, so yay, Saki!

  20. Asia
    Asia says:

    It is good to know that Laud, A got a few and I’m hording them :)

  21. Nancy Mc
    Nancy Mc says:

    By the way,chicks.I think it’s great to see more peeps using Kyanite. Isn’t it dreamy?

  22. franny
    franny says:

    luvverly!…i’ve been drooling over the saki clasps too, thinking their beauty warranted focal attention….your beach piece could go on long into the night, it has glam as well!

  23. Laud
    Laud says:

    Thank you all so much!

  24. AllureofGemsGlamJulia
    AllureofGemsGlamJulia says:

    Love it!I still drooling over saki clasps! Love it!

  25. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    Kyanite is one of my favorites! I have to stop hoarding and start using. :) Laud, you have inspired a whole bunch of chickies here! :) Did you get to the Milwaukee bead show? I was planning to go but then totalled my minivan and spent too much of the weekend working around that little disaster. Guess I wasn’t meant to go. Next year, though, come hell or high water… (or totalled vehicle)…. :)

  26. chicky zee
    chicky zee says:

    OMG!

  27. foxhill designs vt
    foxhill designs vt says:

    Laud, this piece is absolutely gorgeous!!!!!

  28. Laud
    Laud says:

    I’ve been away for the weekend and just got to a computer. Thanks again, ladies, for all the encouragement. Becky, I missed the bead show, too. Let’s work out a plan for next year!

Add your thoughts!

  1. No Photo
    YOU say:

    Sign up for a Lima account to comment—it's quick and free!

    Already have an account? Just log in.