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Warm Glow

About this design:

I'm obsessed with the metal African Trade beads, especially the shade and patina differences between strands. So, I decided to make a whole piece (mostly) out of them. What do you think?


Various sizes of White Metal African Trade Beads, Brass Bicone AfricanTrade Beads and pearl metallic leather, brass saucers (LB).

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  1. DayLily aka Del
    DayLily aka Del says:

    So striking. Love it!

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    pearlsandme aka Monica says:

    Absolutely lovely! And your photos aren’t bad either :-)

  3. Peggy3
    Peggy3 says:

    Gorgeous. Is it heavy? or maybe they are hollow ;)

  4. Asia
    Asia says:

    Stunning, I love African metal beads, but I’m mostly hording them :D

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

    Elegant and different. Love it!

  6. N Taylor
    N Taylor says:

    Wow. I guess I wonder how much the piece weighs. No matter it is lovely.

  7. Elis Mom
    Elis Mom says:

    It’s lovely. I especially like the closure!

  8. Beadzilla aka Wanda
    Beadzilla aka Wanda says:

    Love the different tones in the African white metal trade beads, and the brass saucers are a perfect touch! Gorgeous, Gail!

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    Beadaholic1 says:

    Wow….I’ve never seen these before (I lead a sheltered life LOL). This is a stunning design. May I ask where you found these beads??

  10. Gail Layne
    Gail Layne says:

    Thanks for the kind comments everyone!
    Peggy & N Taylor-It actually isn’t nearly as heavy as it looks. The trade beads are made out of sheet and have large holes and the saucers from LB are hollow.
    Beadaholic-These came from Rings & Things. They appear rather pricey at first but you get a gazillion beads on a strand! Well, maybe not that many….

  11. Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick says:

    What do I think… It’s a great design with excellent color. I love the metal beads and the big saucers! :D

  12. JC Hamm
    JC Hamm says:

    Wow , such a stunning piece, love this!!

  13. Fresh Baked
    Fresh Baked says:

    Love the silver and gold! This would be a go to necklace for so many occasions!

  14. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    You are in very good company-I have seen these made up in fashion magazines. :) Love it!

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