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Southwest Sunset


About this design:

I'm sure you all recognize the major components in this from the big box stores. I've had them forever but never done anything with them 'til now. I liked the southwest look of the three-hole connectors but could never really figure out what I wanted to put with them. Any larger beads didn't really work so I decided to use the copper tubes to frame the 4mm mookaite which made it very sleek. Then I added a few personal touches with my handmade elements.

Components:

3-hole connectors, copper tubes & mookaite from my stash, handmade clasp, coiled crimp covers and charm.

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  1. KatsAllThat
    KatsAllThat says:

    This is absolutely stunning! I have never seen components like this. LOVE LOVE LOVE

  2. A Little Pizzaz aka Judy
    A Little Pizzaz aka Judy says:

    A WINNER! Absolutely beautiful – I would buy this!
    Are you selling it?

  3. Terry Ca
    Terry Ca says:

    Wow – Gorgeous!

  4. B Witzel
    B Witzel says:

    DITTO on all of the above. And awesome doesn’t even due this justice. What talent you have. Don’t hide it.

  5. ShadyGlade Girl
    ShadyGlade Girl says:

    Wow! Stunning work! I love the extra touches you put in.

  6. N Taylor
    N Taylor says:

    Masterpiece! The colors are great, but the details are amazing.

  7. foxhill designs vt
    foxhill designs vt says:

    LOVE this design, Angela!

  8. Beadaholic
    Beadaholic says:

    This is fabulous! I love the design, and as always, your wirework is outstanding! I want it! LOL

  9. Gramnan
    Gramnan says:

    Ohhh wow!!!! This is maarvelous, darling! Would never come up with this idea. Absolutely love the piece.

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    Mary S - Sweet Chick says:

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this Angela!!
    A fav!

  11. Peggy3
    Peggy3 says:

    Wow! Striking design.

    Are those jump rings by the clasp to cover the crimps?

  12. JenniferLynn
    JenniferLynn says:

    Exquisite! You’ve got some talent! Great design!

  13. Crazy Beader
    Crazy Beader says:

    What a terrific design, Angela ! The combination of the tubes and the three-hole spacers is very inventive. Also love your idea for the crimp covers – - -

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    Mary S - Sweet Chick says:

    I keep coming back to your design, Angela. Awesome idea for crimp covers!
    Got a question on mechanics; how/when did you place the coiled crimp cover over all 3 strands?
    I can’t imagine wrangling 3 at a time and getting them to stay put until the cover is in place. 8O :-)

  15. AllureofGemsGlamJulia
    AllureofGemsGlamJulia says:

    Beautiful work and design! :)

  16. Fresh Baked
    Fresh Baked says:

    Stunning bracelet! Your detailed finishes with the stringing fooled my eyes into thinking this was wire work. Either way, it’s gorgeous.

  17. SquirrelGirl aka Angela
    SquirrelGirl aka Angela says:

    Wow! You all made my day! Thank you so much for your wonderful comments. :) Little Pizzaz, I do have it for sale in my etsy shop. Thanks for asking. :)

    Peggy, the crimps are covered with wire coils I made because the crimp covers I have were not big enough.

    Mary S, it was a total pain to wrangle the three strands, especially trying to string the ends back through the tubes next to the crimp. But after all that and crimping each end I then slipped the coil cover over the end. That was the easy part. ;)

  18. Simply Adorned Jewelry
    Simply Adorned Jewelry says:

    Really, really awesome! I love the stones’ color variances, and how they still look autumn-ish even with the pink tones. They go so well with the copper!

  19. Gail Layne
    Gail Layne says:

    Oh my goodness! This is amazing! What a wonderful, inventive design and the colors are fantastic!

  20. Gemme Designs
    Gemme Designs says:

    This is stunning!! Very different and well wired design :D

  21. Julie Shane
    Julie Shane says:

    Very pretty! Yes, now that you point it out, I do recognize the elements. And I have them in my stash. NEVER would have thought to create a piece like this! You’ve taken ordinary to the next level: extraordinary! :)
    BTW: I am stealing your clever idea! :)

  22. Beadzilla aka Wanda
    Beadzilla aka Wanda says:

    This is just gorgeous, Angela! Love all the extra details, and your wirework as always is spot on!

  23. Asia
    Asia says:

    Saw it first at your Etsy shop, amazing :D

  24. SquirrelGirl aka Angela
    SquirrelGirl aka Angela says:

    Thank you all so much! I really appreciate your wonderful comments!

  25. Elis Mom
    Elis Mom says:

    I can’t really say anything that hasn’t already been said! Just love this design, Angela!

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    JC Hamm says:

    I’m with Elis Mom, all of the comments above says it all. Fantastic work.

  27. SquirrelGirl aka Angela
    SquirrelGirl aka Angela says:

    Thank you Elis Mom and JC Hamm! Your approval is so rewarding!

  28. Chicky Zee aka Alice
    Chicky Zee aka Alice says:

    Great design!

  29. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    DITTO! :) I saw it on Etsy first, too! :) Keep ‘em coming!

  30. B Trimble
    B Trimble says:

    Awesome bracelet! I love it! I just happen to have some of those components, except mine are silver. I think I really like the copper ones better.

  31. SquirrelGirl aka Angela
    SquirrelGirl aka Angela says:

    Thank you Alice, Becky and B Trimble! I too was drawn to the copper ones but I also have the silver. If you’re looking for ideas for the silver ones I have included a picture of the one I did yesterday.

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  32. SYD Sydney H
    SYD Sydney H says:

    Angela, how big are the round beads on Southwest Sun set? They couldn’t be much more than 6mm. I have the copper spacers with the exact same design, but in your photo the s-swirl looks – different. I thought maybe the spacers were made in larger sizes than mine.

  33. SYD Sydney H
    SYD Sydney H says:

    OOPS!!! Just went back and read your description and see they are 4mm. So ignore last comment.
    But, WOW; it looks so much bigger than that. Cameras are funny creatures; no wonder they put 5-10 lbs. on us.

  34. SYD Sydney H
    SYD Sydney H says:

    Here I am again – LOL. I need to know what size crimp beads you used on Southwest Sunset. I’ve never made a 3 – strand that terminated this way.

  35. SquirrelGirl aka Angela
    SquirrelGirl aka Angela says:

    Hey Syd! I’m so glad you like this. I’m not sure what size crimp tube exactly, but it was on larger side to accommodate all the strands. I didn’t have a crimp cover large enough to cover it in fact, that’s why I had make those coils to serve as crimp covers. Hope that helps!

  36. Lisa LaBarre-Kurz
    Lisa LaBarre-Kurz says:

    OMG Just absolutely gorgeous!

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