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Colorful Leather

About this design:

2 days after Laud shared her last leather bead necklace I was in Walmart and found the large red flower beads in the $1.00 tray. I crossed my fingers that they would match and bought 5 packages. (Mix of beads: flower, rondell, disk, round shapes, all red). This is a little fun colorful choker with a mix of bought, stash, & gifted beads. Sources include Lima, Michael's, FMG, Walmart, generous friends, stash.


Leather focal. Red ceramic flowers. Aqua ceramic rondells and rounds. Tan ceramic and glass beads. Magnesite flowers and small red beads. Red faceted agate. Brick seed beads. Wood disc. Waxed irish linen, butterscotch.

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  1. KatsAllThat
    KatsAllThat says:

    Really a fun design. Reminds me of those candy necklaces we used to buy. The focal bead is great and you got such a good bargain at WM.

  2. DayLily aka Del
    DayLily aka Del says:

    Love it. I gotta check out walmart!

  3. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    Thank yoi Kat and Del.

    Walmart’s $1.00 tray is a hit or miss. I was lucky to find the red flowers. I haven’t seen anything like them before. My new merchandising job takes me into 4 other Walmarts besides the 2 in my town.

  4. Beadzilla aka Wanda
    Beadzilla aka Wanda says:

    Beautiful colors and design! I get a fun funky feel from this! Another great bargain find for you! I love it!

  5. Terry Ca
    Terry Ca says:

    Very pretty and I like the stacked button clasp! You have to have faith and vision to see the great finds in the bargain bin. you obviously do!

  6. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    Oh this is CUTE!!!!! You reign as world champ in creating such cool things from such great deals!!! I can just see you in this with a gauzy tiered skirt, halter top and flat sandals strolling along your beloved beach!! :) How’d I do? :)

  7. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    No halter top…I can’t wear those as I require a bra at all times. And strapless ones will not do.
    No beloved either…. :( :(
    Thanks Becky… I wish I had made it a little longer but on well. I might make a little button loop and button extender for when I want it to be longer.

  8. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    Oh duh…beloved beach….you see where my mind is lately.

  9. Asia
    Asia says:

    Loving it, perfect use of the Leather bead, I have similar magnesite flowers and beads sitting on my table, they just shout spring and we are at – 30 right now :D

  10. BeadlingatMonsterPajamas
    BeadlingatMonsterPajamas says:

    Love the colors! So fun and playful!

  11. Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary says:

    Deb, what a great find on the red flower beads! Isn’t exciting to come across these special treasures–and at a bargain too! Then the creative juices start to flow…….I love the summery design, as I think we are all waiting to put on our shorts and sandals this year!

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    Mary - Sweet Chick says:

    First; Deb, you’ve found a job!! Yay!!! :-D
    I haven’t been following the convo threads around LB for a while so this may be old news? But Congratulations to you, Deb!!!! :-D Hope you are enjoying it!

    2nd; I really like what you’ve done with that big leather focal! Your necklace is cheery and bright and those red flowers were a lucky find!
    I have a few of those leather beads and I find them really hard to design with. I made 2 necklaces but I may take them apart plus I have 2 more beads in my stash. Maybe I need to send them to you?

  13. Fresh Baked
    Fresh Baked says:

    Fun and funky! What a great design. And those red flowers really add something special. Lucky you to find these.

  14. Sonja J
    Sonja J says:

    Stunning! Very summery, this looks so fresh and bright! I love the colors-it really caught my eye! Beautiful job! =^___^=

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

    I love it – beautiful!

  16. Crazy Beader
    Crazy Beader says:

    Great finds, Deb ! Don’t you just love Wally World – - I, too, sometimes find real bargains there. Not sure I use them as well as you do, though – - just love the way this necklace looks. Very cheerful and versatile, too – - could wear it on the beach or to dinner !

  17. Gail Layne
    Gail Layne says:

    I hear island drums! Very exotic and pretty too!
    You get to go to Walmart for your work?? That sounds like a really cool job!

  18. Blooming Ideas
    Blooming Ideas says:

    So striking. Turned out great! What a serendipitous find at Wallmart.

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