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  • 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 »

  • Beadaholic1
    Beadaholic1 on “Bronze Beauty”:
    “Love the mix of metal and your bead and color choices are perfect....great design!…” read »

  • Fresh Baked
    Fresh Baked on “All wrapped up...”:
    “Thank so much, everyone! And if you want to delve more into coiling, then getting and…” read »

Outrageous Orchid

About this design:

I really like using these tubes in wrap bracelets lately. I just got these crystal rondelles and they went perfectly with the ruby crazy lace agate! Luckily the square mix beads are 13mm like the tubes so I used one as the focal. I know it's sort of blingy and out of my comfort zone but I'm trying out different looks for these tubes. Please tell me honestly what you think!


Ruby Crazy Lace Agate square and tubes, 6mm metallic gold raspberry crystal rondelles, 2mm red brown leather and One-G thread all from LB. Bronze flower button from Button Jones on Etsy.

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

    Oooh – I love it – love the colors – like a wild tropical sunset – beautiful!

  2. Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary says:

    Absolutely Awesome!! The color is spectacular and the tubes are working great in these bracelets. Love the addition of the crystals and focal bead as they really give some ‘POP’! Hubby was hovering in the room and turned toward the computer–saw your bracelet and exclaimed “Oooo, that is so cool!”

  3. BeadlingatMonsterPajamas
    BeadlingatMonsterPajamas says:

    This just popped off the page at me! I LOVE the colors! Its so vibrant and gorgeous!

  4. SquirrelGirl aka Angela
    SquirrelGirl aka Angela says:

    Thank you Judy, CC and Beadling! I like your descriptor of a wild tropical sunset! That’s awesome! CC, your hubby likes it too, is high praise indeed! ;)

  5. Peggy3
    Peggy3 says:

    I like the different variations of beads.

  6. Beadzilla aka Wanda
    Beadzilla aka Wanda says:

    Love the crystal beads mixed in with the agate, give it a bit of an edge! The leather and button are a perfect finish for a beautiful bracelet!

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    Beadaholic1 says:

    I am loving your use of the tube beads! The color and texture is fab!

  8. DayLily aka Del
    DayLily aka Del says:

    Love it. So beautiful.

  9. Chicky Zee aka Alice
    Chicky Zee aka Alice says:

    Great design!

  10. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    Love it! Does the big square one have 2 holes, too?

  11. deleted
    deleted says:

    The rondelles work great with the agate – you’ve used them in just the right amount and placement for an eye-catching design.

  12. Copenhagen Statement
    Copenhagen Statement says:

    I LOVE the colors.

    Will HAVE to make a pink bracelet soon :-)

  13. Crazy Beader
    Crazy Beader says:

    Not only do I love this, Angela, I have the perfect top to wear with it – - – this is indeed gorgeous and will bet it finds a home soon !

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    Mary - Sweet Chick says:

    WOW! Raspberries and chocolate! Perfection!
    I love it and wanna’ try it!

    Pray tell Angela, do you have a trick to keep those tubes and rondelles from turning side ways in this type of design? I struggle with larger beads like this moving around. (And yes, I do try to keep the stitches tight.)

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    pearlsandme aka Monica says:

    The tubes and leather sets off the bling perfectly, I think! Just lovely! Looks kinda VERY professional!

  16. JC Hamm
    JC Hamm says:

    I’m drooling over this, gorgeous!! The colors really do pop against the leather!! Going into my faves!!

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    L Pekuri says:

    Really nifty how the sizes coordinated, and the colors are sultry.

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    S Quinn says:

    Gorgeous colors and design! Thanks for sharing

  19. Asia
    Asia says:

    Angela, this is outrageously gorgeous, definitely a fave :D

  20. Fresh Baked
    Fresh Baked says:

    Outrageous, is right! Love those colors with the little bit of sparkle from the crystals. Great design, JC!

  21. Fresh Baked
    Fresh Baked says:

    Oops, I mean Angela!

  22. SquirrelGirl aka Angela
    SquirrelGirl aka Angela says:

    Thank you all for our wonderful input! I really appreciate them all!

    Becky, the squares have only one hole, which I sanded more open with a dremel so it would not wear/cut against the thread. Speaking of which, Mary S. I decided to restring this using .4mm C-Lon, not because it was not strong, but because it had a little play, like you say with yours and decided to go back to the C-Lon which makes it more stout. I like it’s structure much better now and it feels VERY strong. It is still very supple on he arm. I you need any advice with this just ask! :)

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    Mary - Sweet Chick says:

    Gotcha, .4mm C-Lon.
    Thank you so much Angela for the tip! :-D

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    Mary - Sweet Chick says:

    Oh, one more question; what size needle works best with .4mm C-Lon? Thanks again, Angela. :-)

  25. SquirrelGirl aka Angela
    SquirrelGirl aka Angela says:

    Hey Mary S! You don’t need a needle for stringing the beads because it’s stiff enough on it’s own. But I use a tapestry needle (size 22) to string the ends though the knot at the end, then apply some GS Hypo cement inside the knot for extra measure.

  26. Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary says:

    Angela, you answered the question I had as you answered Mary S! I had wondered whether you tied the C-lon with the knot of the leather or pushed it through some how! I kept coming back trying to figure it out–now I know! :)

  27. A Rozmin
    A Rozmin says:

    Love, love, love this! Sometimes one crazy color is all you need!

  28. Granny Nancy
    Granny Nancy says:

    This is just gorgeous. The mono color design is perfect – and especially since you use different sizes and shapes. Its just lovely.

  29. Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick says:

    The orchid may be outrageous but the design is fantastic! Love it! :D

  30. KatsAllThat
    KatsAllThat says:

    Love everything about it.

  31. GemVibes aka Cat Tayler
    GemVibes aka Cat Tayler says:

    Very beautiful! Love the design & color. Just enough bling to make it pop even more. I love it. Well done!

  32. Gail Layne
    Gail Layne says:

    WOW! What a magnificent color and design! Love the square focal and the raspberry Czech glass is luscious with the ruby agate. Outstanding piece, Angela!!

  33. Jewelrybyirina
    Jewelrybyirina says:


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