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  • SquirrelGirl aka Angela
    SquirrelGirl aka Angela on “Earthy Mix”:
    “Love this, and your pendent is outstanding!…” read »

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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 »

More Leather Beads

About this design:

I'm still working with the leather beads. Thought these looked good with a silk ribbon I just bought. Wish I had more large-hole beads!


Leather beads, antique silver spacers, tagua nuts, silk ribbon

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  1. Warped Wire Studio
    Warped Wire Studio says:

    Amazing beads and great set!

  2. BeadlingatMonsterPajamas
    BeadlingatMonsterPajamas says:

    Gorgeous! The silk ribbon is perfect with these beads, and the earrings are just lovely.

  3. Beadzilla aka Wanda
    Beadzilla aka Wanda says:

    The ribbon looks fantastic with the leather, and the taqua nuts really pull out the burgundy! I find myself in the same place as you, wanting more large-hole beads :)

  4. Laud
    Laud says:

    Only the 20mm would let the ribbon pass. The 16s had holes too small. I usually like to fill up a strand a little more, but I was lucky to have the silver spacers.

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    Beadaholic1 says:

    The silk ribbon is perfect with the leather beads…I like!

  6. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    Oh My Gosh! That is just outstanding!!! I love it!! I have 1 leather bead that color…
    I will have to come up with a single bead idea similiar.

  7. KatsAllThat
    KatsAllThat says:

    You did a marvelous job with mixing the colors and textures. The silk ribbon with the leather is something!

  8. Lois D
    Lois D says:

    This is gorgeous, Laud. So pretty. I have that silk ribbon, and I love the color(s). Would never have know those were Tagua Nuts – they look like beautiful garnets to me :)
    Deb’s comment about a single leather bead had me picturing a ‘mixed media’ tassle coming from the bottom of the bead…never mind – HAHA – not much of a designer. I’ll leave that up to the pros!!!

  9. Peggy3
    Peggy3 says:

    Wow what a stunning combination

  10. Laud
    Laud says:

    Thank you all! Deb, I think your leather bead should be the focal. Surround it with other sizable beads or have it hang down.

  11. Asia
    Asia says:

    Love what you have done with those beads, using a ribbon is brilliant :D

  12. DayLily aka Del
    DayLily aka Del says:

    Love those beads and the design is perfect!

  13. Crazy Beader
    Crazy Beader says:

    Just a perfect design – - the ribbon looks like it was made to go with those leather beads !

  14. Gail Layne
    Gail Layne says:

    Oooooooh! Love this one too! The Tauga nuts are perfect as is the ribbon!
    Have you ever tried threading ribbon on a collapsable beading needle and twisting the ribbon? I find that sometimes you can pull the needle and the ribbon through too small holes with a pair of pliers on the end of the needle.

  15. Laud
    Laud says:

    I did, Gail. The zigzagged edges of the ribbon were still too dense to get through the holes on beads smaller than 20mm. I used another technique from embroidery: making a loop and pulling the fabric through, but that didn’t work, either. On one piece, I cut and resewed the ribbon ends. Didn’t want to do that this time (leaves kind of a natty end). I even thought about reaming out the beads, but they’re nicely finished inside and I didn’t want to ruin that effect.

    Sigh. I need more large-hole beads!

  16. Jmc
    Jmc says:

    I like what you have done with them.

  17. Julie Shane
    Julie Shane says:

    VERY cool Laud. I have these teal and lavender beads… but had not thought of tagua nuts to go with them! Brilliant.
    I like that you have focused on a few beads and not gone “too far” with too many beads. This is a perfect balance. :)

  18. Laud
    Laud says:

    Thanks so much for your comments!

  19. Chicky Zee aka Alice
    Chicky Zee aka Alice says:

    WOW beautiful!

  20. Fresh Baked
    Fresh Baked says:

    Another beautiful design with these unique beads!

  21. JC Hamm
    JC Hamm says:

    A fab design as usual,I love the combo.I have’nt been able to find the silk ribbon.May have to try something else!!!

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