The Design Gallery

Follow along with step-by-step beading projects and share your designs with beaders around the world—it’s quick & easy!


Lenca Love!

About this design:

Looking through my stash today I came across some of my favorite primitive beads! They are from a group of Lenca artisans in Honduras, near the border of El Salvador.


2mm round leather cord, antique brown (LB), I think; primitive African Copper beads, copper plated large hole bead faux fruit seed design; six assorted Lenca pottery beads including one pod.

Additional Images:

Read the comments (or add your own)

  1. sweetjane
    sweetjane says:

    I love your bracelet and the beads are fantastic! I am partial to the earthy-orange colors myself. Are these a cousin to Kazuri beads? They look like it. You’ve got quite a stash there and you have created a very appealing bracelet.

  2. Jogi
    Jogi says:

    Jane, I looked at the Kazuri and they are beautiful, too! These are from Central America and I think the Kazuri are from Kenya. I love the earthiness, too. I have more of the blues and sorta whites than the oranges but I too like the orange. I fear I have accumulated way too many! I need to get busy and help them find new homes!

  3. K Ralston
    K Ralston says:

    This is a cool bracelet. I especially like those carved ones. It’s all very natural and earthy. Kind of fun to see your box of beads too. You can never have too many beads.

  4. sweetjane
    sweetjane says:

    Jogi….I look forward to seeing your new designs!!

  5. Maggies Mom
    Maggies Mom says:

    Love these beads, especially the ones in your pretty bracelet.

  6. Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary says:

    Wow, this is a great bracelet! Love the natural feel to the piece and those most awesome beads. They look fantastic used with the leather. How did you accumulate so many–that’s a pretty big box!? I see many great designs to be posted from these! :)

  7. Beady Little Eyes
    Beady Little Eyes says:

    Beautiful bracelet Jogi. Your design is wonderful – Love the leather cord with it. I am looking forward to seeing more designs from your stash also.

  8. Phoenix
    Phoenix says:

    I love the ruggedness and earthiness of this bracelet Jogi! And allot of interest with the “danglies” & leather.

  9. Jogi
    Jogi says:

    Thank you everyone! Okay, CC, how I accumulated them is I went there and while there, I bought them! I could have bought the masks (ok, have one), the animals (ok, don’t ask how many), the plates and vases (shhhh), but the beads, oh the beads! Some people who had been before also gave me some. I cannot tell you how many earrings and necklaces they have made and the box is still full!
    We use the sales of the jewelry to raise $$ for the trips. Obviously, my part is small but I did pay my way one year!
    This piece is a favorite that I made to keep! The brass balls at the bottom have a sweet music when it is worn long and they lightly clang together.


  10. Jogi
    Jogi says:

    Sorry, left the thought out, our church has a missions team that has gone to Honduras for many years to build houses and schools there. The group who organizes it had always made a day to rest and go visit the pottery.

  11. Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary says:

    Oh Jogi, the necklace is magnificent with the Lenca pottery bead as the focal! This would be an absolute favorite of mine that I’d be wearing every chance I got. Funny, is anyone wearing their jewelry at home while we are sheltering in place due to the pandemic? We do some video-conferencing, so I do get a chance to wear some. Keep up the great work–can’t wait to see some more!

  12. Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary says:

    Jogi, Just checked to see if you had a profile set up. I’d love if you set one up under ‘Find Beaders’–would be great to communicate!

  13. Jogi
    Jogi says:

    CC hadn’t known about that, I will see if I can put something together. Thanks! And, I have been back to work since May 1 so I get a chance to wear my stuff a lot!

  14. Beady Little Eyes
    Beady Little Eyes says:

    Jogi – That’s a lovely necklace. I can see why it’s your favorite.
    Crystal – I usually wear jewelry every day just for fun even though I never see anyone.

  15. kye
    kye says:

    Oh man! What a cool bracelet. So much to admire in this beauty. Leather is the perfect match for your awesome beads.

  16. Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick says:

    Love the design and color! A perfect bracelet for autumn.
    Great stash of beads, too. So many colors, so many designs…..

  17. Midge S
    Midge S says:

    Great mix of beads! Nice!

Add your thoughts!

  1. No Photo
    YOU say:

    Sign up for a Lima account to comment—it's quick and free!

    Already have an account? Just log in.