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Luminous Lilac

About this design:

I found this Pandora style bead as a bundle at Walmart the other day. I loved the shimmer and the bright lilac color. I got them for the large hole that will accommodate several strands of leather and you know how much leather stuff I've been experimenting with lately. ;)


Jasper rondelles, Czech glass, suede lace from my stash. Toho seed beads, Czech glass flower, pewter lily and leaf charms TierraCast large hole beads, silver plated chain and 18g & 22g silver plated wire for my hook clasp all from LB.

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  1. Nancy Mc
    Nancy Mc says:

    Stunning creation! Love the soft colors,and the way all the beads enhance the lilac focal. I’d wear this in a hearbeat.

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    Janet Miriam says:

    Gorgeous! Love the colors!

  3. Nancy Mc
    Nancy Mc says:

    Oh Angela~~~~can I just say kudos to you for making a Pandora style bead work for you,instead of buying the real thing?? Yes,of course,they’re very pretty,but their prices are off the hook,imho. (I do stop in and browse,but NO WAY would I pay those prices).
    You go girl! :)

  4. daisymae
    daisymae says:

    Angela the colors on this are GORGEOUS! Fabulous design! :D

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    Beadaholic1 says:

    Very pretty….I love multiple strands, and the colors are so subtle and delicate. There used to be a website, called Lord and Ladies, who carried Pandora style beads. I have six of those bracelets to prove it! LOL They had fabulous Pandora style beads for $1-$2 each…many with silver insets also. Sadly, they are no longer in business– maybe their super-low prices did them in! LOL Anyway, I am a fan of those beads, and this bracelet is wonderful.

  6. Gail Layne
    Gail Layne says:

    Oh wow! What a fabulous way to use a Pandora style bead! Love the design and the colors are gorgeous! What are the transparent blueish/purple beads? The color in them is astounding.

  7. Medieval Momma
    Medieval Momma says:

    I really love this and the way you incorporated the leather Whenever I try to use leather it ends up looking dorky. I guess I need to go to a class or something. This is very very nice.

  8. SquirrelGirl aka Angela
    SquirrelGirl aka Angela says:

    Thank you all so much! I really appreciate all of your comments.
    NancyMC and Beadaholic, I was so happy to find these bead bundles for $5 because a gift shop in town sells one bead for $5 and they are not even silver plated!
    Gail, I got those blueish/purple beads from Joanns a few years ago. They were on a strand of many colored Czech glass beads. I thought they were just purple until I photographed them and the blue showed through from the backlight. Oh well! I like them anyway ’cause they only look purple otherwise. Who knew? :)

  9. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    Love this, Angela! The leather addition is perfect for the lone focal bead! And your clasp is fantastic! :) I just made and mangled a 4 strand bracelet today which I will be redoing but I had a similar strand of seed beads in it and that part actually worked. :) Back to the drawing board for me but you have this design nailed!!! :)

  10. Gail Layne
    Gail Layne says:

    Angela, I think the blueish purple looks fantastic with the lilac! It’s a nice sparkle too, which compliments the sparkle in the focal.

  11. Beadzilla aka Wanda
    Beadzilla aka Wanda says:

    This is just so darn beautiful, Angela! Love the light hues of the jasper with the silver, and the strand of seed beads really adds depth to it. Fabulous as always!

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    Mary - Sweet Chick says:

    What gorgeous shades of lavender/blue! And you just keep creating these fantastic bracelet ideas, Angela! Keep ‘em coming!

  13. Nata S
    Nata S says:

    Angela, you seem to have a boundless imagination and a keen eye for colors, textures and beauty! I am yet to find one of your bracelets that I didn’t LOVE!

  14. Chicky Zee aka Alice
    Chicky Zee aka Alice says:

    Lovely !

  15. A Little Pizzaz aka Judy
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    Patricia Law says:

    A lovely design – especially as I love the colour range. I love the added chains. Thank you

  17. SquirrelGirl aka Angela
    SquirrelGirl aka Angela says:

    Thank you all so much!

  18. Simply Adorned Jewelry
    Simply Adorned Jewelry says:

    Love the subtle color changes and softness of these! Wonderful!

  19. Crazy Beader
    Crazy Beader says:

    What a super design, Angela ! Love the way you used the Walmart bead with the leather – - you have such great imagination.

  20. SYD Sydney H
    SYD Sydney H says:

    The pandora bead with the leather – is waht I need to know about; H-O-W did you ‘fasten’ the leather ends? And how did you get the lealther through the smaller-holed silver beads? And the leather ‘wrap’; is that a separate cut piece of leather? If so I assume you glued the ends?

    I’d so love to do something like this, but I can find no tutorials (printed, not video!!!).

  21. SquirrelGirl aka Angela
    SquirrelGirl aka Angela says:

    Thanks again everyone!

    Hey Sydney, thanks for asking! The leather link is made with one piece of leather that is doubled back on itself on each end and knotted close to the bead. Here is the only written/illustrated tutorial I could find for that type of knot. http://bnb.jewelrymakingmagazi.....iding-knot Of course, let me know if you have any questions! :)

    The silver beads are TierraCast “large hole” beads that I bought right here from Lima Beads. Just look in the large hole bead section.

  22. Kraftycat aka Fern
    Kraftycat aka Fern says:

    What a gorgeous set! Thanks for the link – I want to check it out as I did not know how to do the knot either! Going in my favs!

  23. SYD Sydney H
    SYD Sydney H says:

    I think you left out some of the e-mail address for the jewlery making magazine … ?

  24. SquirrelGirl aka Angela
    SquirrelGirl aka Angela says:

    That link will take you right to it, just click on it.

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