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Blue African Trade Bead Bracelet

About this design:

I found these beautiful small blue trade beads at a local bead store. I had never seen them in this shade of blue, so I was excited to make something with them. I added white trade beads in the same size and antique trade beads in different shapes and sizes. On one strand I included three small Hill Tribe charms to add a little fun to the bracelet. The large trade beads knotted on the leather is square sided and in excellent condition. I love the dark blue.


Small blue and white trade beads,antique trade beads, Hill Tribe silver beads and charms, leather, sterling silver button and sterling silver om charm.

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  1. Medieval Momma
    Medieval Momma says:

    Wow, I love your bracelet, it’s so cool! I love how the little seed beads pick up the bits of red in the antique trade beads.

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

    Unique and stunning bracelet. Love the shade of blue.

  3. DayLily aka Del
    DayLily aka Del says:

    Love it. I think the trade beads are so striking and I like how you incorporated the leather.

  4. sweetjane
    sweetjane says:

    This is a great bracelet! I’ve been wanting to try some trade beads myself.I really like your addition of the Hill Tribe charms!

  5. puppychick  labratbecky
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    Janet Miriam says:

    Thank you very much ladies! And I forgot to say that the tiny red beads that are looped around the leather are actually tiny trade beads! They are red whitehearts.

  7. daisymae
    daisymae says:

    Love the colors in this! Just beautiful! :)

  8. Nancy Mc
    Nancy Mc says:

    Wow.Not only is this pretty at first glance,but it’s also very interesting to look at. So many different components that work well together. I can see that you put a lot of thought into it. The splash of red is great! Lovely work. :)

  9. Chicky Zee aka Alice
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  10. SquirrelGirl aka Angela
    SquirrelGirl aka Angela says:

    Wow, those beads are gorgeous, what colors! You’ve created a beautiful design to showcase them perfectly. Nice addition of the leather and silver. Love it all!

  11. Gail Layne
    Gail Layne says:

    Fabulous colors and design! Love the HT charms with the trade beads.

  12. ginAveri aka Dee
    ginAveri aka Dee says:

    Very interesting piece. It looks like a lot of thought went into it. Beautiful.

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    Janet Miriam says:

    Thank you very much everyone! I did do a bit of fussing around with the beads, but it came together fairly quickly. :)

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