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Ugly Bead Bracelet and Earrings Set

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Beaded bracelet and earrings. I've had these pinkish beads forever. Every once in a while I look at them and wonder where I got them, (I forget), and why I bought these ugly things. They are a weird pinkish color, and they have kind of a dull finish, and you all know I am drawn to the blingiest things. But I like the size and shape and the little wavy lines in them. I tried several times to dress them up with overlaying beads but it didn't work, and eventually it seemed that they looked much better in their fancy beaded settings and amongst some shinier beads. Now I like them, and I hope you like them too. I included a photo of the plain ugly bead.


Oval ugly beads, LOL. Cloisone tubes. 4mm bicones. Seed beads sizes 11/0, 8/0 and 15/0. Check glass button. 2 ear wires

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  1. Stingray
    Stingray says:

    The set looks good on the front and the back. It reminds me of the Elizabethian-cameo-choker styles that were popular for a while. I think I have some of those ‘ugly oval’ beads.

  2. Beady Little Eyes
    Beady Little Eyes says:

    So pretty KR. Actually, I love the muted gray, pink, mauve color of the beads. And I love your choice of clasp. Another beautiful design.

  3. Maggies Mom
    Maggies Mom says:

    You’ve dressed up your “ugly” beads very nicely! Now they’re swans!

  4. Beady Little Eyes
    Beady Little Eyes says:

    Forgot to mention the earrings. So elegant.

  5. dolllady aka Pam
    dolllady aka Pam says:

    The beads are pretty on their own in their own way. You changed them into swans with your bracelet!

  6. Beauty Sought Khristin
    Beauty Sought Khristin says:

    I think we all,have those “oh my God what the heck was I thinking!” Things in our stash, and we just don’t know what to do with them. But, you took them and made something pretty with them. That is awesome.

  7. K Ralston
    K Ralston says:

    Thanks to everyone for your nice comments. I know you all have ugly beads too. Here’s a picture of several attempts to dress them up. They were all too wobbly and one of them reminded me of a coat of arms, which was not what I was looking for. Obviously, I am bored.


  8. Beady Little Eyes
    Beady Little Eyes says:

    Ha KR – I have so many unfinished pieces also – maybe we should just sew them all together and see what happens.

  9. kye
    kye says:

    We don’t normally see “ugly” in a title. Ha. I like what you did. Way to stick with it!

  10. Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary says:

    What a beautiful piece you made! I really like the matte finish on the beads with the added beaded ‘lace’ all around them. This is a stunning bracelet! I have a container that I put my undesirables in…I’ll never make something this wonderful from them. :)

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