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Lima's African Glass as Focal

About this design:

Hi Ladies,
Per our chat about how to hide the knots in stretch bracelets. Here's a great looking bead. The Recycled African Glass from Lima. Not only are they very pretty to look at,but the holes are huge.
I've photographed them in super close up so you could see how well they would work. The black cord is 1 MM,and you can see how much room is left over. I am loving this recycled glass. I think this shade of green is to die for! ;)


Matte Aventurine in 10+6MM,copper colored seed beads,copper spacers.Faceted Onyx in 10MM,Rhodium plated spacers from Lima,SP bead caps.

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  1. Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary says:

    Nancy, I really like how you design your stretch bracelets. You have combined quality elements to create beautiful pieces. The recycled glass beads are a lot of fun, and I like the way you incorporated them into the bracelets as focals. Lovely contrasts with the black and soft matte finish. :)

  2. Nancy Mc
    Nancy Mc says:

    Thanks so much,C.C. They’re so much fun to string. (And so easy.) I do a lot of browsing in the stores,and cannot believe how much $$$ the stores charge for this type of item. I get a huge charge of of copying them. I appreciate your comments very much. :)

  3. dolllady aka Pam
    dolllady aka Pam says:

    These three bracelets would make those stores squirm and wiggle if they knew how much better your bracelets are than theirs and most likely for less money. I like the blues with the copper and green, but the black is amazing with the green.

  4. Maggies Mom
    Maggies Mom says:

    Can’t choose a favorite! Lovely!

  5. kye
    kye says:

    Simply wonderful bracelets. Love the black one with the green recycled glass. Striking contrast!

  6. A Rozmin
    A Rozmin says:

    I love all of them. I’ve never made stretch bracelets. I just may try them now!

  7. Nancy Mc
    Nancy Mc says:

    Thanks to all you nice ladies. They are a blast to whip up in 10 minutes. People love to get them as gifts as well. My “besties” love to stack them up.
    A Rozmin..give it a try. You’ll probably get hooked right away. (Instant gratification) LOL

  8. A Rozmin
    A Rozmin says:

    And who doesn’t love instant gratification? :-)

  9. Asia
    Asia says:

    Love it, big fan of African glass :D

  10. Nancy Mc
    Nancy Mc says:

    Asia,I hear that! I’m “stashified.” :)

  11. Chicky Zee aka Alice
    Chicky Zee aka Alice says:

    These are adorable. I love making them.

  12. DayLily aka Del
    DayLily aka Del says:

    Great bracelets. I love the matted stones and glass.

  13. Nancy Mc
    Nancy Mc says:

    Thanks ,Dee and Alice.
    All aboard the stretch train…woo woo ! :)

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    Fresh Baked says:

    The black beads provide such a powerful contrast to that gorgeous green bead.
    Nicely designed!

  15. Nancy Mc
    Nancy Mc says:

    Thank you,FB. I think so too. The green reminds me of spearmint leaves candy. :)

  16. KatsAllThat
    KatsAllThat says:

    WOW Nancy I just love these. That green is my favorite. You didn’t have any problem getting 1mm through the onyx beads?

  17. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    Love them! What kind of elastic do you use and where do you get it? I have had cusomers comment on how hard-to-stretch some of my elastic is but I feel i need to buy what I use to keep them from breaking easily. I have had to restring many store-bought bracelets for friends so I am keenly aware of the quality of elastic that I use in my bracelets. I would love to hear from any of you about elastic preferences. Right now I buy the 1mm from LB.

  18. Nancy Mc
    Nancy Mc says:

    Hi ladies. I use “Stretch Magic” brand,and get it at Hobby Lobby or a store at the mall called A.C Moore.
    Kat..the 1MM fits fine in the Onyx,but I believe I got the faceted onyx from a craft store. I think it was A.C Moore.

  19. Nancy Mc
    Nancy Mc says:

    Oh,BTW. My friends have been wearing these for about 2 years, and no breakage reports. They’re lifelong friends and would tell me and ask for repairs as well lol!

  20. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    Thanks!! :-D

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