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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 »

Remember these?

About this design:

It's been a while since LB had these leather beads. I liked their looks, but how to use them? Tried smaller stones, but the leather beads just looked way too large. I'm pretty happy with this combo.


Leather beads, ocean jasper, gold-plated rondelles, mookaite nuggets, brass chain, sunburst toggle, seed beads. (All LB except the jasper and chain.)

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  1. Bettys Beads
    Bettys Beads says:

    Love the leather beads…don’t remember them. Your design is great.

  2. Beadzilla aka Wanda
    Beadzilla aka Wanda says:

    Would of loved to have gotten my hands on those leather beads. What perfect colors you have placed them with! Stunning!

  3. Granny Nancy
    Granny Nancy says:

    I would never guess them to be leather. Gorgeous piece.

  4. Lois D
    Lois D says:

    This is fabulous and BOLD! Those leather beads always reminded me of colorful ‘medicine balls’ :)
    I imagine they aren’t as heavy, thought. You SHOULD be happy with your combo!! Very nice!

  5. Julie Shane
    Julie Shane says:

    OH!!! I have some… I’ll have to find them and then “steal” your awesome idea!

  6. Crazy Beader
    Crazy Beader says:

    Definitely remember seeing those leather beads and wondering what in the world anyone would do with them – - you have provided the ultimate answer, Laud ! Great design and a perfect focus on the beauty of those leather beads – -

  7. Fresh Baked
    Fresh Baked says:

    Such unique beads! Love your design to showcase them beautifully.

  8. Asia
    Asia says:

    I do remember I have a couple of those, you made a great design with those huge beads, just like Julie I might steal the idea ;) :D

  9. franny
    franny says:

    Asia I like this a LOT!…..really wanted those leather balls but missed out, love how you’ve played them up….& of course I approve of the many coloured mookaite match….a fave for cert’

  10. Asia
    Asia says:

    Who would not approve of mookaite I love Laud’s design, she made a quite a statement piece .

  11. Nancy Mc
    Nancy Mc says:

    Hi Laud~~~~this is one of you best designs ever! It’s so unique and stylish.What a creative comtination of materials. Wow!!

  12. Gail Layne
    Gail Layne says:

    MAGNIFICENT! Never saw the leather beads before but they are gorgeous. I can’t imagine any setting other than the one you put them in. You set them off wonderfully.This is truly a show stopper of a piece that belongs in a gallery.

  13. Laud
    Laud says:

    Glad you all like this one. I really scratched my head to find a way to make the beads important, but not overpowering. Thank you!

  14. Beadaholic
    Beadaholic says:

    I was always drawn to the leather beads…but not sure how to design with them…you gave me the answer…love it!

  15. DayLilly aka Del
    DayLilly aka Del says:

    I love leather and these beads are fantastic. Love the design.

  16. CAS
    CAS says:

    Oooooohhhhh … aaaaahhhhhh … stunningly spectacular Laud!!! I’d wear this in a hot heartbeat, and I’d steal this design too if I’d gotten some of those leather beads when LB had them.

  17. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    Wow….these don’t even look like the leather beads anymore. Fantastic design Laud.

  18. Jmc
    Jmc says:

    I saw the leather beads, but that was before I had a LB account. I love what you did to them. :)

  19. franny
    franny says:

    Laud this is wonderful!….silly moi!….so sorry that my short term attention span had me crediting Asia (who is also very talented) with your beautiful piece!

  20. Gail Layne
    Gail Layne says:

    Hey Laud,
    Is this a piece for you? Wouldn’t blame you if it was! I was checking on Etsy to see if it would put too much of a dent in my bead budget but it wasn’t listed. I rarely buy jewelry for myself, but this could be one of the exceptions.

  21. Laud
    Laud says:

    I think I’ll hold onto this one for a while. I have a few more leather beads. Maybe I could make a piece to suit you?

  22. Laud
    Laud says:

    Another thought: I could just part with the beads.

  23. Gail Layne
    Gail Layne says:

    Really? I’d love to fiddle around with those beads!!!

  24. Laud
    Laud says:

    I’m not sure. I only have four more beads. If I decide to pass them along, I’ll PM you, okay?

  25. S Clifton
    S Clifton says:

    Love the colors .

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