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Key Lime


About this design:

These pastel green CzechMates were hard to pair with coordinating seed beads given my limited stash. I finally decided on turquoise and green ones with some turquoise thread to match. I originally had a heart button but when I asked Ron his thoughts, he said "It reminds me of Key Lime and Key West". I knew that was the ticket so I changed the button and charms to a more tropical feel and I think that works better.

Components:

CzechMates 2-hole beads, Toho seed beads, natural brown leather cord, sand dollar button by Danforth Pewter, and charms of mint pearl and a TierraCast clam.

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  1. franny
    franny says:

    excellent choices, Angela!…your color combo is terrific…..the variety of shades highlights the gorgeous color of the CzechMates & the brown leather & silver dollar are perfect with it…. oh, & keep the guy, he is certainly an asset!!

  2. Old Beaded Lady Chris
    Old Beaded Lady Chris says:

    Wow!!! I really like this bracelet. Your choice of the colors just make this bracelet an eye catcher. Love the CzechMates with the Toho seed
    beads. That sand dollar button with the silver
    sea shell makes the themed bracelet really a
    statement. Love this !!!

  3. Beadaholic
    Beadaholic says:

    Very pretty….love the sand dollar button, and the colors are perfect!

  4. Janet B
    Janet B says:

    Beautiful colour combination!

  5. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    Love it Angela. The color is so so pretty. That button is a killer. I want it!!

    Your bracelet reminds me of my dessert last night…mmmm key lime pie is so good.

    How hard are these bracelets? I have czech squares but with 1-hole…can I use those?

  6. Cathy H Chocolate Chick
    Cathy H Chocolate Chick says:

    Angela, this is SO pretty! I love the colors, the button, and the charm – beautiful!

  7. Blooming Ideas
    Blooming Ideas says:

    Wonderfuly beachy! You do great work! :)

  8. Nancy Mc
    Nancy Mc says:

    This is charming,with a capital C. I like the details,like alternating the seed beads.
    Your photography is great as well! did you take a course in that? You have no shadows. How do you mange that? ;)

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    Mary S - Sweet Chick says:

    Scrumptious design Angela! Love it! A fav!!

    I have a question. What thread do you prefer using?
    And does it hold up over time?
    One of my own bracelets has begun to fray (I used Nymo thread) so I’ll need to re-do it.
    I appreciate your input. :-D

    Ditto Nancy on the photography, I would also love to hear your tips. You do great work!

  10. Gail Layne
    Gail Layne says:

    Ooooo! Eye catching as all get out!! I love the colors and the button, which I also have! Have you been to the Danforth Pewter shop? Awesome stuff!!

  11. Beadzilla aka Wanda
    Beadzilla aka Wanda says:

    This is really yummy! The colors flow so nice together, the sand dollar and charm are perfect!

  12. SquirrelGirl aka Angela
    SquirrelGirl aka Angela says:

    Thank you all for for your compliments!

    Deb, I have used the one hole beads but they have a tendency to flip around which makes it difficult to keep them in place when stringing it and even after it’s finished. So I prefer the two hole ones so it’s all tight and secure.

    Nancy Mc and Mary S, my photography is hit and miss sometimes, it’s all a matter of lighting for me. This spot is great about high noon because the sun filtering through the leaves is perfect and it’s not in direct sunlight. I use a setting on my camera for “cloudy day” and I overexposed 2/3′s of a stop. This seems to give the truest color for the beads. Believe me, this is after MUCH trial and error! Haha! Hope this helps!

  13. SquirrelGirl aka Angela
    SquirrelGirl aka Angela says:

    Thank you Gail, and no I’ve never been to their shop, I ordered these from ButtonJones on Etsy. But I would love to go to Vermont some day!

  14. Crazy Beader
    Crazy Beader says:

    Great result – - you did a superb job of picking the colors (know what you mean about some shades of green being challenging !)

  15. SquirrelGirl aka Angela
    SquirrelGirl aka Angela says:

    Sorry I forgot to mention about the thread Mary S. This is Nymo thread but it’s recommended you condition it first which is what I do. As a result, I have no problems and I wear mine all the time. I also use C-lon which also needs to be conditioned but the One-G is good too and comes pre-conditioned.

  16. Chicky Zee aka Alice
    Chicky Zee aka Alice says:

    Lovely bracelet!

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    Mary S - Sweet Chick says:

    :-D Thank you Angela!

  18. Laud
    Laud says:

    I love it–colors, design, theme. Fabulous!

  19. Elis Mom
    Elis Mom says:

    Beautiful!

    How does one condition the thread?

  20. Julie Shane
    Julie Shane says:

    Super cool Angela! I have not been brave enough to try this technique. Can you use waxed Irish linen? or is it to sticky/tacky for stitching? I really really really like the square beads in this type of bracelet… so much better than the rounds. It “feels” better. I can’t describe it. More balanced? More full? …just more better…!!! ;)

  21. KatsAllThat
    KatsAllThat says:

    Love these green square beads and the sand dollar button. Beautiful combination with the leather.

  22. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    Love this, Angela!! Do you run the thread through beeswax? Julie, I think that would be too sticky to use. You really do need some kind of thread.

  23. SquirrelGirl aka Angela
    SquirrelGirl aka Angela says:

    Thank you all for your great comments!

    Elis Mom, I use “Thread Heaven” and LB sells it. It’s a waxy material that comes in a tiny box and you just put your finger over it with the thread in between and pull it across. I usually take 3-4 passes with the entire length of thread. It is used to keep it from fraying and tangling. Although the tangles are always fighting me. ;)

    Julie Shane, unfortunately the waxed Irish linen would be too thick for these square Czech beads but it would work great for beads with larger holes. I too am starting to lean toward these square beads as apposed to the rounds. I think they give the leather wrap a really unique look.

  24. AllureofGemsGlamJulia
    AllureofGemsGlamJulia says:

    So darling, love it :)

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    Inagodadavida by Eve says:

    Oh my gosh, I love this bracelet! It single-handedly caused me to join this site. The color scheme is so fresh, I want to wear it right now!
    I just recently started designing jewelry, and felt pretty confident about most of my pieces. But your bracelet and so many other gorgeous pieces on this sight have totally humbled me. I quite often feel awash in ideas and possible avenues, but , yikes, now I’m practically frozen with indecision.

  26. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    Join the club!! It is hard to see so many ideas, translate them into your own designs, and the find the TIME to get at them all! :) Lots of us have the same problem! :) There are many talented beaders in this bunch and all are friendly and willing to share tips and expertise! And LB has kindly given us this forum to chat and share and view their luscious wares in finished designs for inspiration! :)

  27. SquirrelGirl aka Angela
    SquirrelGirl aka Angela says:

    Wow, thank you Gypsy Nights, that is so flattering! You’ll be glad you joined this site as there is so much inspiration and great products here. Ditto everything Becky just said. I look forward to more input from you and seeing some of your designs too. Welcome to the group!

  28. Peggy3
    Peggy3 says:

    The sand dollar is so cool. Its adds a great finishing touch with the green beads and seashell

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