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    S KatollakaSue on “Owl's Nest”:
    “It's a really beautiful piece. Love the colors and components, and am severely envious of your…” read »

  • Medieval Momma
    Medieval Momma on “Owl's Nest”:
    “I love that owl bar too! The beads you put with it are perfect!…” read »

  • Beadaholic1
    Beadaholic1 on “Owl's Nest”:
    “Thanks kye! I found a site that sells Mag-Lok clasps for 1.99 and they…” read »

  • kye
    kye on “Owl's Nest”:
    “Vintaj sells a natural brass magnet clasp I use a lot. It's really strong and matches…” read »

  • Annabel
    Annabel on “Owl's Nest”:
    “Gorgeous. Love the colours and the focal.. How can you go wrong with owls…” read »

  • Beadaholic1
    Beadaholic1 on “Owl's Nest”:
    “Thanks everyone! Kye and Moogie.....helpful tips are always appreciated.…” read »

  • kye
    kye on “Owl's Nest”:
    “I can see why you fell in love with that owl bar. It is so neat.…” read »

  • Moogie
    Moogie on “Owl's Nest”:
    “I love the colors of the beads & how well they go with the bar &…” read »

  • Maggies Mom
    Maggies Mom on “Owl's Nest”:
    “Ditto! and a Fave!…” read »

  • Deb Harding
    Deb Harding on “Owl's Nest”:
    “So cute. Beads are also pefect compliment to the bar. I love your chain and jump…” read »

  • Sophiebug
    Sophiebug on “Owl's Nest”:
    “This is so cute! Love the colors!…” read »

  • dolllady aka Pam
    dolllady aka Pam on “Owl's Nest”:
    “Absolutely, positively stunning!! You have found the perfect beads to go with the darling bracelet…” read »

  • Fresh Baked
    Fresh Baked on “All wrapped up...”:
    “Thanks, again! I am in total agreement about Rena over at Jewelry Making Journal...lots of…” read »

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    Kerrycasey1956 on “Paint Drops”:
    “Will you be getting any more of the multi color teardrop chain in? I would love to…” read »

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    Sophiebug on “All wrapped up...”:
    “I bow to your superior skills with wire! This is stunning, just so unique! Lots to…” read »

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    Sophiebug on “Celestial Connection”:
    “This has an "other-worldly" look. The colors and balance are perfect. And the focal! Really beautiful.…” read »

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    Sophiebug on “Earthy Mix”:
    “The pendant is drop dead gorgeous! The whole piece is lovely and the clasp! Very nice!…” read »

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    Sophiebug on “Bronze Beauty”:
    “This is stunning! I love the colors and I, too, am a huge fan of bronze.…” read »

  • Moogie
    Moogie on “Bronze Beauty”:
    “Awww, thanks everyone. You're the best! Got the little bells from Lima! They ARE cute! And…” read »

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    Moogie on “All wrapped up...”:
    “Hey Lynda, I know I wrote a comment but I don't see it here... So, I love…” read »

  • Medieval Momma
    Medieval Momma on “Bronze Beauty”:
    “Wow! This is so amazing! I never would have thought of putting all this together but…” read »

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    Medieval Momma on “Earthy Mix”:
    “The beads look fabulous with your pendent! I know how difficult it can be to take…” read »

  • C Ferguson aka Annie
    C Ferguson aka Annie on “Earthy Mix”:
    “Gorgeous pendant - what a wonderful job you have made with it. The filigree echoes…” read »

  • C Ferguson aka Annie
    C Ferguson aka Annie on “Bronze Beauty”:
    “Just gorgeous Moogie. Such a rich looking set. There is so much to look…” read »

  • Snnje B
    Snnje B on “Bronze Beauty”:
    “Love it!…” read »

  • kye
    kye on “Bronze Beauty”:
    “Oops!!! I meant to say bronze.…” read »

  • kye
    kye on “Bronze Beauty”:
    “Beautiful set!I agree with Fresh Baked- I keep looking at the necklace and find something new…” read »

  • kye
    kye on “Earthy Mix”:
    “This is sooo beautiful! Love how the filigree compliments the detail in the pendant.…” read »

  • Annabel
    Annabel on “Earthy Mix”:
    “Love that pendant! Very pretty.…” read »

  • Beadaholic1
    Beadaholic1 on “Earthy Mix”:
    “Thanks so much everyone!…” read »

  • Moogie
    Moogie on “Earthy Mix”:
    “Oh you are so good with polymer clay! Did you play with Playdoh alot as a…” read »

  • beadinggma
    beadinggma on “Earthy Mix”:
    “Your work keeps getting more beautiful!!! The pendant is gorgeous and you have a knack…” read »

  • Fresh Baked
    Fresh Baked on “Bronze Beauty”:
    “Such a rich mix of metal and beads...especially on the layered necklace. Every inch has something…” read »

  • Fresh Baked
    Fresh Baked on “Earthy Mix”:
    “The pendent is beautiful! Looking forward to seeing more of your PC work.…” read »

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    Fresh Baked on “Celestial Connection”:
    “Fun and edgy set of jewelry...Love the iridescent colors!…” read »

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    S KatollakaSue on “Bronze Beauty”:
    “A beautiful, simply elegant set where every element speaks affectionately with every other one. I'd wear…” read »

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    S KatollakaSue on “Earthy Mix”:
    “Pendant, gorgeous. Beads, also. What really catches my attention is the clasp arrangement! It's really pretty…” read »

  • Deb Harding
    Deb Harding on “Earthy Mix”:
    “Absolutely beautiful! This caught my eye as soon as I opened the page. I love your…” read »

  • dolllady aka Pam
    dolllady aka Pam on “Earthy Mix”:
    “I love the pendant! The beads enhance it so well, also. The colors are…” read »

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    dolllady aka Pam on “Bronze Beauty”:
    “Moogie, this is a great necklace to showcase each and every component of this great necklace!…” read »

African Amethyst

About this design:

This is my first attempt at stringing multiple strands into bead cones. The starting point was the African paper bead and it took me a long time to decide exactly how to use it - - - which led to the bead cones. Finished length 24 inches.


From Lima Beads: African Paper (purple, pink, w/ white) Bicone 20x21-22mm Other Sources: Various size 8 amethyst seed beads (my mix), 8x9mm fluted amethyst luster Czech beads, 8mm matte light amethyst Czech druks, with silver-plated bead cones and trigger clasp.

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  1. Beadzilla aka Wanda
    Beadzilla aka Wanda says:

    This is gorgeous Paula! Love how you used the paper bead as the focal, and the colors you chose along with it are perfect!

  2. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    Paula, I LOVE this!!! What a perfect way to use that big and beautiful paperbead! :)

  3. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    Love it…that paper bead is beautiful, didn’t even realize it was paper. .thought it was glass.

  4. Nancy Mc
    Nancy Mc says:

    So beautiful and soft. I also think the paper bead is wonderful.

  5. Crazy Beader
    Crazy Beader says:

    Well, I will confess that those paper beads turned out to be way bigger than I expected. My brain still can’t do metric, and looking at the rulers doesn’t seem to help – - -

  6. AllureofGemsGlamJulia
    AllureofGemsGlamJulia says:

    Beautiful and soft :)

  7. Nancy Mc
    Nancy Mc says:

    CB..I agree. The ruler doesn’t work for me either. I have to hold things in my hand.
    I think it’s a stunning focal.

  8. JenniferLynn
    JenniferLynn says:

    Beautiful, I love bead cones, but don’t use them much. :( All those beads make that paper bead even more of a spotlight!

  9. JenniferLynn
    JenniferLynn says:

    That didn’t make sense. I’m really tired! Sorry!! :(

  10. Kate
    Kate says:

    I’ve only been able to picture those paper beads as a part of some ‘boho’ type piece, but WOW your design makes it seem VERY high class. Totally turns my creative-brain on its ear! :-)

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    Beadaholic1 says:

    Great set….love the colors, and the focal bead is WOWZA!

  12. Nancy Mc
    Nancy Mc says:

    Totaly agree with Kate here. The design takes the paper bead to a new level. Wonder how many people will buy paper beads,after seeing this beauty> ;)

  13. foxhill designs vt
    foxhill designs vt says:

    Beautiful design, Paula!

  14. Asia
    Asia says:

    I’m with Kate on this, would never think about using them in such elegant company :D

  15. Peggy3
    Peggy3 says:

    Beautiful piece. Love how you incorporated the paper bead .

  16. Gail Layne
    Gail Layne says:

    Wow! This is way cool! I have paper beads sitting in my cart because I loved the colors but wasn’t sure if I would really do anything with them. Your design shows how versatile and gorgeous they can be!

  17. Crazy Beader
    Crazy Beader says:

    Thanks for your comments everyone – - at heart I’m really a City Girl who has very tailored tastes. But I love to use the unique in my jewelry and am delighted that these African paper beads support women working for a better life. I do hope that this inspires more people to buy them !

  18. chicky zee
    chicky zee says:

    Great job!

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    Luna Chick aka Coral says:

    Now I know what to do with those paper beads!! This is great!

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    D WOOD says:

    are these paper beads sold here already made? or did you make the paper bead yourself – I love it — I started doing paper after watching a youtube video LOL then I ripped apart all the mailbox stuffing advertisements and went nuts – no more junk mail – it’s BEAD MAIL LOL – i have BOXES of them in all colors – but I LOVE THESE COLORS in this necklace = great job with the focal color

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