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I have no idea what I'm doing!

About this design:

This is my first piece using leather. I'm loving the metallic treatment on the cord. It does lay flat and keeps its scalloped design when worn but I'm not sure if this piece works or not. Please be brutal!


Metallic copper leather cord, various copper beads and end/bead caps, turquoise glass beads, lamp work bead, copper clasp, copper wire for wrapping.

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    leodesigns says:

    This is GORGEOUS!! I love how you found a way to use small-holed beads with leather. Very out-of-the-box. Love this.

  2. nutz4beadz
    nutz4beadz says:

    I love it, only thing I might add is a dash of purple, blue, or turquoise from the focal bead, but that is me. I love the beads you chose. Your wire wrapping is fab.

  3. nutz4beadz
    nutz4beadz says:

    Oops you have turquoise, make that dark blue.

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    Beadaholic1 says:

    This is a great design…I love it! The beads are lovely, and turquoise and copper is my favorite combination! The wire-wrapping is great!

  5. Elis Mom
    Elis Mom says:

    It’s great! Don’t change anything!

  6. Beadzilla aka Wanda
    Beadzilla aka Wanda says:

    I like it! Looks Fabtastic!!

    Yes it’s a new word I made up. ;-D

  7. Asia
    Asia says:

    I really like it, what a great way to use the small holed beads :D

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    S Napieralski says:


  9. Julie Shane
    Julie Shane says:

    This is great! My eye keeps moving from piece to piece! Be fore-warned: I’m so going to steal your design idea!!!!
    I *love* the puff squares with the flowers. Where did you find those?

  10. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    This is going straight into my “ideas to steal” file and then into my faves. :) Looks like Julie, the everlovin’ thief already beat me to that :) . Anyway I think it is FANTASTIC as is!!! Is this brutal enough? Seriously, woman, you NAILED this!

  11. CAS
    CAS says:

    Awesome flow! A triple ooooooohhhhhh … aaaaahhhhh kind of piece. Don’t change anything, it is perfection.

  12. Gail Layne
    Gail Layne says:

    Thanks soooo much for being so brutal everyone :-) Its very cool to be able to get feedback from people other than the ones that live with me!

  13. Michelle
    Michelle says:

    Gail, you say you don’t know what you’re doing, but you’re doing GREAT ! This is lovely! It’s probably something I would have done too, just lovely!

  14. Terry Ca
    Terry Ca says:

    maybe you don’t know, but you must be feeng it!Great piece!

  15. Terry Ca
    Terry Ca says:

    oops, feeling it

  16. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    For someone who doesn’t know what they’re doing you sure did a super job. Fantastic piece…with great ideas.

  17. JenniferLynn
    JenniferLynn says:

    Oh! My gosh! I love this! It’s so beautiful I can’t look away, that focal is soooo pretty!

  18. SquirrelGirl aka Angela
    SquirrelGirl aka Angela says:

    No need for brutality, because this is awesome! I think it’s great just the way you created it, natural and free form. Love it!

  19. Blooming Ideas
    Blooming Ideas says:

    So cool! And nicely designed! But what a bummer it doesn’t keep it’s scallop design. I wonder if the is a treatment you could do to the leather so it would stay that way? The metallic treatment to the leather may prevent what I’m thinking. Anyway it’s a gorgeous piece!

  20. MoonBell
    MoonBell says:

    Lovely! Unique and quite wonderful.

  21. Beadlady3 aka Cindy
    Beadlady3 aka Cindy says:

    I didn’t realize it was leather cord at first. Great execution of the weaving! You must have planned out the size of the loops in advance, I’m guessing? It works, dear! No brutality here! :)

  22. princessdsp
    princessdsp says:

    You made a wonderful and creative piece. Very unique. What’s not to love?

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    JC Hamm says:

    Wow I love this. For someone who does’nt know what your doing, I’d say AWSOME!!!!!!

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    Ed C says:


  25. ginAveri aka Dee
    ginAveri aka Dee says:

    Love this piece. Sometimes we do better if we don’t really know what were doing and just go with the flow. I love the blues with the copper and the way you played with the wire around the beads. GREAT JOB.

  26. Old Beaded Lady Chris
    Old Beaded Lady Chris says:

    Gail….girl…roll with it !!! You have done a nice job and it looks great. Don’t fool yourself into not knowing what you’re doing. Do from inside of your creative heart and soul my dear. It is where your inspiration and your talent will flourish. Everyone here on this beaders blog offer their best in what they create. We tend to be critical of ourselves at times; however, we all make beautiful things. Yours is very good and I love how you have created your inspiration.
    Keep at it !!!

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


  28. Vibrant Jewels
    Vibrant Jewels says:

    Forget about stealing the design – I wanna steal the necklace! It is incredibly, brutally gorgeous!!!

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