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  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Dedicated to Fresh Baked, Lynda”:
    “Nancy, this is another Beautie! Great color contrast--each color sings next to the other. I…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Ocean Tribute”:
    “Khristin, I really like the combination of the pearls, labradorite, and copper--they just play so well…” read »

  • dollladysturg aka Pam
    dollladysturg aka Pam on “Copper Enigma”:
    “Lovely design! The silk shows off the copper and labradorite to it's best advantage.…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “" Goddess Maat "”:
    “Asia, the composition in this necklace is very impressive--masterfully done! The beads are out-of-this-world gorgeous;…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Briolettes”:
    “This pair is striking! Awesome briolettes--and you have such a knack for finding the most…” read »

  • EPBCornell
    EPBCornell on “Cross”:
    “Is that stamped solder on the copper sheet metal? From design concept to execution, this is…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “No Two Are Alike”:
    “These turned out great! The addition of the silk is perfect. Very impressive pair!…” read »

  • A Rozmin
    A Rozmin on “Sand Flower”:
    “I always know that Monica's pieces will teach me somthing new. This piece is no exception.…” read »

  • N Taylor
    N Taylor on “Cross”:
    “I have a saw and have not used since the workshop I bought it at. …” read »

  • N Taylor
    N Taylor on “Copper Enigma”:
    “I like this. Nice feel.…” read »

  • Donnaleigh
    Donnaleigh on “Copper Enigma”:
    “Very cool design-love the intricate wirework with the silk. Lovely, eclectic, bohemian, all my favorites!…” read »

  • N Taylor
    N Taylor on “" Goddess Maat "”:
    “I had no idea but right some professions would not be jewelery friendly. Your work…” read »

  • Beauty Sought Khristin
    Beauty Sought Khristin on “Ocean Tribute”:
    “Hey Monica! I think you and everyone else is right! A trial run is a must!…” read »

  • puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky on “Cross”:
    “I have those same shears. Asia, for tight corners you need a saw, at least…” read »

  • puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky on “" Goddess Maat "”:
    “Asia, you have inspired me to dig out some of my lapis and give it a…” read »

  • Asia
    Asia on “" Goddess Maat "”:
    “Becky is right, I work in IR that means scrubs for 10 hrs. a day and…” read »

  • Asia
    Asia on “Cross”:
    “Beautiful, I love your solder work. I need to get a pair of those sheers. I…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Lovely Lavenders”:
    “I really like the different shades of purple and violet you've paired with the subdued, soft…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Inspired by Sarajo W”:
    “I remember those earrings! This is a lovely rendition of them--simple, but very elegant. …” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Seahorse bracelet”:
    “What a thoughtful gift. Your niece will just love the seahorse charm and the fun,…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Sand Flower”:
    “LOVE the name, LOVE the flower clasp, LOVE your ceramic beads, LOVE the versatility! Did…” read »

  • Maggies Mom
    Maggies Mom on “Cross”:
    “Beautifully done, and the necklace is perfect with it.…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Recycled, re-designed”:
    “Monica, incredible work as always! I think I would love to join Becky and come…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Moon child”:
    “Love the balance between the moon and star. The blue wire and beads are perfect…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Wired butterflies”:
    “I really like the different colors of wire you used in this one.…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Dragonfly fly away”:
    “This is fantastic work! So beautiful--those beaded wings are amazing! You have a very…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Altered States”:
    “Fantastic idea! Again!! Lynda, you are on a roll! The bead addition is…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Plum Leaves”:
    “This is so beautiful! I really like the leaves paired with the pearls. I…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Silver Slate”:
    “Gorgeous! What beautiful statement pieces you create. The color of this one is beautiful--love…” read »

  • Nancy Mc
    Nancy Mc on “Inspired by Sarajo W”:
    “Thanks girls. Becky,that was funny about the unholy alliance. It's like that thing about beets…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Elephant Marching”:
    “I finally got my little elephant too, and he is such nice quality. You've created…” read »

  • Nancy Mc
    Nancy Mc on “Cross”:
    “This is beautiful. I'm not advanced enough to know the craft,but I sure do like looking…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Desert Sunset”:
    “Very nice! My favorite part of this necklace is the bumpy lampwork bead that goes…” read »

  • Nancy Mc
    Nancy Mc on “Dedicated to Fresh Baked, Lynda”:
    “Thanks so much,ladies. Thanks to Lynda for her inspiration. I lucked out with these stones.they are…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “An Agate Statement”:
    “What a wonderful necklace! Beautiful stones to capture and allure attention. Gemstone sticks are…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Little Black Dress”:
    “Wow, this was a lot of hard work! What results! I really like the…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Mookaite for fall”:
    “Asia, sorry for the late post. This is a great necklace--perfect colors for the upcoming…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Sticks with Stones”:
    “This is a fun piece with the agate sticks. I like how they bring the…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Did I Mention I Like Amazonite”:
    “The pearl cluster is a surprising addition to the Amazonite/Tourmaline beads. What a lovely look…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Metal Lineup”:
    “Kye, I love this version of your bracelet! I can't believe it looks so much…” read »

Salsa With a Twist

About this design:

I was going to upload this design, then I saw Laud's new piece "Wave". I feel totally inferior now! LOL Anyway--the temp is in the 90s and the humidity is high...we call it "air you can wear". I felt this bracelet suited the heat and humidity! LOL

Components: goes! 6/0 light and dark orange and red seedbeads, 4mm green stone beads, 8mm green glass beads, olivine patterned coins beads, antique gold rectangular metal beads, round antique gold beads, 6mm red stone beads, faceted red rondelles, 6mm yellow glass bead, brown waxed linen cord, gold textured metal button for closure...whew!

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  1. Julie Shane
    Julie Shane says:

    The first word that came to mind was SALSA… then I noticed your title! :) Love all the textures.
    It’s super hot and humid here too. You can “smell” the water in the air.

  2. Octobermom
    Octobermom says:

    A punchy, fruity, skittle-y look. Cute.I’m relatively new on the board, so I’m glad to be first to post. Thanks for sharing..

  3. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    Very nice. I thought salsa right away, too! :)

  4. Beadzilla aka Wanda
    Beadzilla aka Wanda says:

    Hot and sizzle-y! Love the colors and texture, beautiful!

  5. Asia
    Asia says:

    Loving it, my first thought was salsa too :D

  6. Gail Layne
    Gail Layne says:

    Hot, hot, hot! Both the weather and the bracelet! Love the title too!

  7. NY Bella
    NY Bella says:

    Muy caliente! Love it!

  8. Nancy Mc
    Nancy Mc says:

    Ohh,very nice. I’m thinking mango,melons,green grapes,peaches,etc. I love a festival of color.

  9. Beadaholic
    Beadaholic says:

    Thanks so much everyone! Y’all are great!

  10. karen blasdel
    karen blasdel says:

    Love your sassy salsa!!

  11. AllureofGemsGlamJulia
    AllureofGemsGlamJulia says:

    Oh, so very yummy! :)

  12. Laud
    Laud says:

    I love the colors. I did one with reds and chartreuse, but the rose peach is inspired, and the accent beads are so interesting!

  13. Nafri aka Nanci
    Nafri aka Nanci says:

    N4B, oooh spicy! Really like these colors together. I’ve seen so many great bracelets on this site lately (a lot of them your’s).

    I’m going to have to re-think not wearing them. Every once in a while I remember that I have some great bracelets and I put one on. But most often I space them out. Maybe if I hang them someplace obvious I’ll get a clue.

    Anyway this is another winner!

  14. Beadaholic
    Beadaholic says:

    Thank you Karen, Julia, Laud and Nanci. No greater praise is there, than that which comes from your peers! Nanci–I am all about bracelets! LOL I rarely wear necklaces, as they just seem to annoy me after an hour or so! I like them, but its just easier for me to wear bracelets–I guess that’s why I’ve made a ton of them! LOL

  15. franny
    franny says:

    love those sizzling hot colours!…especially the little yellow tomato/capsicum/corn tucked in there with the red & green

  16. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    I love it…bright, colorful, summery.
    I totally umderstand the inferiority complex that hits.when Laud post a new But then I think to myself ” self..your jewelry is also attractive in a different way”.

  17. Crazy Beader
    Crazy Beader says:

    Loved your comment about thinking your bracelet was “inferior” – - but it’s really spectacular and just the kind of jewelry for a really hot day. Elegant is great, but spicy is sometimes even better – - -

  18. Laud
    Laud says:

    That’s the thing about jewelry: There is no one style. Anything from rags to diamonds qualifies. The only guideline I use is to keep a constant mood within one piece. This one is cheerful, lively, bright–perfect.

  19. Fresh Baked
    Fresh Baked says:

    Love your spicy color palette in this fun bracelet!

  20. Medieval Momma
    Medieval Momma says:

    Love your choice of colors, inspired!

  21. Gramnan
    Gramnan says:

    Yum!!! Love the colors. Wonderful design. I have a question. I have used waxed linen only once and hated it. Thought it was too sticky and gummy. Is this true? So many are using it lately,maybe I should give it another try. I. Really like your design.

  22. Beadaholic
    Beadaholic says:

    Gramnan….I can certainly relate to your “Sticky” concerns about waxed linen! I was the same way at first, and just stuck it back in the drawer. Then when the 1mm leather cording didn’t work with most of my beads, I went back to give waxed linen another try. I have used it alot ever since, especially on designs like this one. I have no trouble at all with stringing the beads. I would advise using the thinner 2 ply one. Let me know how it goes!!

  23. Beadaholic
    Beadaholic says:

    Laud…thanks so much! All of you are not only a wonderful source for inspriation and education, but also so supportive! A HUGE Thank you to everyone for the wonderful comments and support!

  24. Elis Mom
    Elis Mom says:

    LOve it!

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