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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 »

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

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

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

  • Sophiebug
    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 »

  • Moogie
    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 »

  • Medieval Momma
    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 »

  • Fresh Baked
    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 »

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


About this design:

I ordered a small bit of bolo cord from LB recently to see what I could do with it and decided to make a few simple multi strand leather bracelets. I used Vintaj crimp ends for the others but since I didn't have any silver ones big enough, I had to try make my own spiral cord ends I saw in a tutorial on The Cerebral Dilettante blog. As she described it was a bear to work out but I love the results, very strong and sturdy. I kept it for myself and now I just love it and wear it constantly.


1.5mm leather cord and 3mm bolo cord, Vintaj crimp ends, TierraCast twist spacers, vine clasp and leaf charm from LB, Swarovski crystals,and African Jade bead from my stash and silver large hole flower bead and brass heart beads from Walmart.

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  1. Beadzilla aka Wanda
    Beadzilla aka Wanda says:

    These are all fantastic Angela! Your spiral cord ends are marvelous! Think the one with the green in it is my favorite!

    Oh P.S. I love peanut beads!!

  2. Kate
    Kate says:

    I love that bolo cord! Such a nice pop of texture!

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    Beadaholic1 says:

    I don’t blame you for wearing it all the time….I would too! These are marvelous!

  4. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    These are all great Angela. I really love your spiral cord emda. Kirsten’s blog is great isn’t it? (hope I spelled her name right). (now for some subliminal messaging).
    The green one peanut seed beads is really pretty peanut seed beads . Hey did you find peanut seed beads the little brass heart peanut seed beads in the dollar bin??

  5. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    Wonder what “emdas” are….obviously I meant ends peanut seed beads….lol.

  6. Peggy3
    Peggy3 says:

    Lovely the green is my favorite

  7. Peggy3
    Peggy3 says:

    Hmmm…. peanut seed beads. ;)

  8. SquirrelGirl aka Angela
    SquirrelGirl aka Angela says:

    Thank you all for your great comments! And yes the green one is my favorite too. Luckily I have enough of that bolo cord to make one for me. Hehe I’m definitely ordering more bolo!
    Yes Deb, I did get the hearts from the peanut seed bead dollar bin. You’re too funny!

  9. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    Gonna steal this, Angela! :) I already have some of the bolo cord and I haven’t begun playing with it yet….. Deb, do you want PEANUT SEED BEADS? :) Maybe we have to scream it. :)

  10. Elis Mom
    Elis Mom says:

    Cool designs! Want them all!

    Want PEANUT SEED BEADS! Ohhmmmmm!

  11. Gail Layne
    Gail Layne says:

    Love these! WHERE did you see the tut for the spiral ends? I’ve tried this on my own and they didn’t end up nearly as nice as yours, plus it was like trying to wrap spaghetti!! (maybe a clipboard might have helped that?) The green one is my favorite too, that bead cap is darling!!

  12. Gail Layne
    Gail Layne says:

    Oops, forgot!

    Peanutseedbeads, peanutseedbeds, peanutseedbeads!

  13. SquirrelGirl aka Angela
    SquirrelGirl aka Angela says:

    Thank you all again! I really appreciate all of your comments.
    Gail, here is the link to the tut
    You’ll have to go to the next post on her blog to get the part about tightening the coil after it’s made. That was the tricky part for me. I have attached 2 photos showing one change I made to her tut. I make the coil after I’ve made a right angle with the wire, which makes it easier to form the end loop and less marring of the wire. (that’s why I kept that bracelet, the cord ends were a little knicked) Hope this helps!

    Attachment Attachment

  14. Lois D
    Lois D says:

    Angela, thanks for the additional pictures and your tips on improving the making of the coil. I had wondered about that very thing (making the angle before the coiling). So nice of you to share your experience and great photos :)

  15. Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick says:

    Sleek and modern! Love it! :)

  16. Gail Layne
    Gail Layne says:

    Angela, Thanks so much for the link! I WAS doing it totally wrong! At the beginning of the tut she talks about how frustrating it was to try to make the coil on the leather. Wanna guess what I was doing?? This makes a lot more sense. Thanks again!

  17. Chicky Zee aka Alice
    Chicky Zee aka Alice says:


  18. Laud
    Laud says:

    Those cord ends were worth all the trouble. They’re truly eye-catching. Striking designs throughout.

  19. NY Bella
    NY Bella says:

    Cool pieces!

  20. Blooming Ideas
    Blooming Ideas says:

    Way cool! Nicely designed easy mto wear. Terrific photos too!

  21. franny
    franny says:

    oh, Angela i love these…the bolo & leather look so good in your designs….i want to get some wire to play with; what guage did you use so i can try this too…echo Gail re green one & the sweet scallop bead cap….What Peanut Beads? I can’t see any!!!

  22. SquirrelGirl aka Angela
    SquirrelGirl aka Angela says:

    You guys are great! I really appreciate your comments.
    Franny, I used 18 gauge wire because I wanted it to hold really tight and keep it’s shape, which it did. I’m going to try 20 gauge next because it would give it a sleeker look. I’ll let you know if it works.

  23. franny
    franny says:

    thanks Angela….i have a horde(cf. hoard) of beads; yes, an uncontrollable invasion & learning some wrapping skills may help put them in some order!LOL!….hope to have some to show & tell before Xmas (giving myself ample time!)…in the meantime, enjoying your pieces!

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    C Frampton says:

    So cool! I’d love all 4 if you make multiples

  25. SquirrelGirl aka Angela
    SquirrelGirl aka Angela says:

    I can make multiples of these, in fact 3 are still available in my Etsy shop. Just send me a message!

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