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Sand Dollar

About this design:

LB has these wonderful apollo seed beads that resemble sand. I added ochre, mossy and sage beads in a herringbone pattern that creates a wavy effect. Liked how it looked, but it needed a focal; hence, the sand dollar and dangles.


Seed beads, brass sanddollar and clasp, freshwater pearls, Czech glass shells.

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  1. Granny Nancy
    Granny Nancy says:

    This is absolutely amazing. I love, love, love it!!! The bead assortment is beautiful, the selection of the sand dollar to tie it all together is genius. And the dangles from the sand dollar are the perfect touch. I would buy that for myself “if” it had a toggle. My fingers don’t cooperate except for toggles.

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    Mary - Sweet Chick says:

    Absolutely gorgeous, Laud! A stunning mix of seaside colors!

  3. Laud
    Laud says:

    Thanks, Nancy and Mary. Sorry about the slide closure, Nancy, but the pattern required a length that would have been too big with a toggle.

  4. SquirrelGirl aka Angela
    SquirrelGirl aka Angela says:

    This is stunning! I love the soft colors you’ve chosen and the wave effect is so pretty, fitting for the theme. I’ll have to look up those ivory picasso beads too!

  5. Beadzilla aka Wanda
    Beadzilla aka Wanda says:

    Another stunner Laud! Love everything about it, the color, waves and the addition of the sand dollar focal with dangles. Fabulous!

  6. Laud
    Laud says:

    SORRY! They’re not picasso beads, they’re TOHO Frosted Light Beige Apollo Hybrid.

    I’d recommend all the Apollo beads. I’ve used most of them, and find they add richness, elegance and variety to designs.

  7. Granny Nancy
    Granny Nancy says:

    I understand about patterns and how you have to stick with them. I used to have someone around to fasten things for me. And my kitties and my Teddy just don’t have the dexterity to help me. :)

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  9. Laud
    Laud says:

    Thanks Angela, Wanda, Jolene. Nancy, have you tried the slide clasps? This one is magnetized. I think it’s easy to work because you just have to pull on the bottom section to free it up. To my mind, that’s simpler than getting the bar through the ring of a toggle.

  10. Lois D
    Lois D says:

    Laud, this is so elegant. All your pieces are! I especially love the Apollo beads, and thanks for your recommendation. I’ll have to try them.

    Nancy, I “feel your pain” with regards to clasps. With my hands and the condition they are in, I had to resort several years ago to using one of those bracelet assists to help hold the one side of most bracelets – even if it has a toggle on it. It certainly can be challenging, that is for sure!

  11. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    Wow Laud! This is just beautiful…and a beach design which I love love love. Gorgeous colors!

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    Beadaholic1 says:

    Another stunning design! I love the colors and the sand dollar is perfect!

  13. Asia
    Asia says:

    Laud, it is simply gorgeous :D

  14. Laud
    Laud says:

    Deb, I suddenly realized it’s the end of August, so I better hurry to get all the beachy designs done. :D

  15. Laud
    Laud says:

    Oh, and thanks, ladies for your lovely comments!

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    Myrna g says:


  17. Peggy3
    Peggy3 says:


    Did you stitch the beads?

  18. Laud
    Laud says:

    Thanks, Myrna and Peggy. I did the stitching. It’s a flat herringbone. The wave effect is created by using smaller and larger beads.

  19. Gail Layne
    Gail Layne says:

    Oh. My. Goodness. Laud, this is just beautiful! I love the wave pattern, the beachy color, the focal and the wonderful little dangles, just everything! I would soooo wear this!! A lot! I’ve been eyeing some Apollo hybrids for a bit but couldn’t make up my mind based on the photo on the website. Your bracelet made up my mind in a hurry! Those beads are just gorgeous, as is your design!

  20. Crazy Beader
    Crazy Beader says:

    This is simply stunning, Laud ! Everything about it is terribly elegant without being too flashy. You truly have a creative talent – - -

  21. Elis Mom
    Elis Mom says:

    I love the muted colors of the beads, and the sand dollar focal with the dangles is the perfect touch.
    Laud, I’m still working on beachy designs, and decided to call it my “Endless Summer” line. I DO live in Florida!

  22. Laud
    Laud says:

    Thanks Gail, Paula, Susie. Susie, I envy your Endless Summer!

  23. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    This is fabulous!!! I LOVE beachy but living in MN, I feel your pain, Laud! Bring a pail of sand into the house before summer is over and have your own once-a-month beach days during the rest of the year! :) I would wear this all year regardless!! :)

  24. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    Or we all just head south this winter and check in on Susie and Julie in Florida!

  25. Lois D
    Lois D says:

    Please, I beg of you, take me with you. I know I’m a third wheel, but…please :) Some of our sugar maples have already started turning colors. Last night it ‘dipped’ down into the 40′s. The hummingbirds are eating like little piggies, which is a sign they are heading south sooner, rather than later this year. Looks like a severe winter is on the horizon :(
    Ugh. At least there is Lima Beads to see us through the dreary days ahead. Of course, if we had some PEANUT BEADS to ‘munch’ on over the next several months….

  26. Granny Nancy
    Granny Nancy says:

    hi ladies and thank for your suggestions. In looking at “Crazy Aggies” shop, I noticed her latest bracelet has a hook. I’d forgotten about those. I’m usually able to navigate hooking one of those.

  27. Laud
    Laud says:

    I still say the slide is worth trying. I got it on with thumb and forefinger this morning; got it off with forefinger and thumbnail. Only used my right hand.

  28. Elis Mom
    Elis Mom says:

    Anyone who doesn’t mind a lot of fur is welcome to fly south this winter! As long as they bring some peanut seed beads to much on!

    I do think a metallic slide would work well. Once the 2 pieces are near each other, they tend to close themselves…or at least that’s my experience. But….a hook would work too!

  29. Laud
    Laud says:

    Susie, do you have cats? Dogs have hair while cats have fur. I’m dead allergic to furred animals, but the haired ones (dogs, horses) don’t bother me at all.

  30. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    LOL LOIS!!!!

  31. Laud
    Laud says:

    Lois, our hummers are eating up a storm, too. I thought that might mean they were loading up for the trip, but now I truly believe it. Ugh. They normally leave here around mid-September. Could they be heading out so much earlier?

  32. Elis Mom
    Elis Mom says:

    Laud, I have 2 dogs who shed like banshees. But I love them anyway.

  33. Laud
    Laud says:

    My son just rescued a puppy, which makes me a grand-puppy-mother. It’s a change, like having a toddler in the house again.

  34. Elis Mom
    Elis Mom says:

    Puppies are so much fun! But….a lot of work! When Eli was a pup, we had a very young but conservative vet, and I literally carried him around until he was 16 weeks old…his feet did not touch the ground until then because the vet said his immune system needed to be protected. I’ll never do such a thing again!

  35. Granny Nancy
    Granny Nancy says:

    I was mistaken, the bracelet I saw is actually Angela’s. I hate this getting old stuff. My brain is turning to mush.

    And Laud, congratulations on being a grandpuppymother. That’s wonderful. Puppies are like having little children around. Do you have any idea what breed mix this little guy is?

  36. Laud
    Laud says:

    She’s probably rat terrier-pug, a small dog, about five months old. It’s funny: my son is 6’5″, and always wanted a big dog. He worked for the Humane Society this summer, they asked him to foster her–and the rest is history.

  37. Gail Layne
    Gail Layne says:

    Laud, Congrats on grandpuppymotherhood! Five months old is such a fun time, except for the “accidents” of course.

  38. Laud
    Laud says:

    She’s been really good about housebreaking. She hasn’t wet anyplace important (on a plastic mat, on a concrete floor). It’s pretty easy to tell when she’s barking because she has to go–she’s not too noisy most of the time. All in all, a good pup. I just wish I hadn’t bought new furniture!

  39. Gail Layne
    Gail Layne says:

    Oooo! New furniture!! At least it’s not a little boy who will “mark” when he starts feeling his oats! I imagine your little girl is too small to get on it by herself, so you’re kind of covered there….

  40. Laud
    Laud says:

    Ah, Gail, you underestimate Stella! She chewed paint off a table leg I hadn’t even paid the bill for yet. She can leap up on the leather couch, and those itty, bitty pointed nails give me shivers. I get tired of saying, “Watch her nails! Watch her nails!” when my son holds her on his lap. Then, there’s the hand-made rug she loves to eat on and occasionally toys with loose threads…

    Note to self: Babyproof house–again.

  41. Gramnan
    Gramnan says:

    Laud, I just love this design. I’ve made my own version of your pattern and I guarantee it came out different. (Hope you don’t mind.) The only thing I counted was the number of rows in each section. I just love those apollo beads, I have more in my bag.Lol Thanks for the inspiration . Nancy M

  42. Gramnan
    Gramnan says:

    Oh,before I forget, I have two grand-dogs living with me. One is an Australian shepherd, one is a sweet Beagle,who ate some ‘feminine products’ and is in surgery right now. Those are ruled by my rescued Peke ,who is deaf and only has one eye, which is always in danger because of her attitude.
    PS. There are also two grandcats.

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