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Sonoran Cactus

About this design:

I had these cactus charms so I decided to create something based around them. I chose beads that reflected my memories of the colors when I lived in the Southwest - it was so pretty there (I'm sure it still is...!)


Goldstone, Picture Jasper, Aventurine drops, daggers, Picasso Jasper, CG copper sun coin, African Opal, raw Sunstone nuggets copper toggle, Soft Flex wire, crimp beads, jump rings

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  1. BevB
    BevB says:

    This is an interesting bracelet with all the different textures. You will think I’m crazy, but I also see it as a candle holder ring. I love candles. I use to decorate them with assorted rings for the different seasons. I stopped doing it because of my cats. Lol

  2. K Ralston
    K Ralston says:

    Very nice Southwest colors. I have a question. What are the light colored rough pieces? Maybe quartz? I like those the most. There’s a lot to look at here.

  3. Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary says:

    I love this! And yes, the southwest is still beautiful in its special way! Those cactus charms are great in pulling the whole theme together. Love the green Aventurine points with the matte beads. The matte beads remind me of the dry, parched ground before the rains, and the green points the fruitful growth afterward. I also see cactus ‘needles’ which I remember getting stuck with when I was young & foolish. Love how you sneaked the sun coin in there! GZ, I love how you pull all your ideas together with the perfect beads–I see them so clearly in your design work.

  4. Kimberlywilliams60
    Kimberlywilliams60 says:

    Absolutely gorgeous GZ !! I agree with Crystal you really do have an amazing way of pulling all the perfect elements together to create a picture of your ideas …..your designs truly do tell a story and this one is no exception … Bev I used to do that too :) and like yourself the cats put a stop to it

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    thegreenzebra says:

    Thanks ladies! BevB – not crazy at all!! You’re right it does, lol, now I know what to do when not wearing it…just kidding
    Hi KR, those are raw Sunstone – I got them from LB, forgot to list them, sorry
    Thanks so much CC and Kim, such nice comments :)

  6. Robin nursechick
    Robin nursechick says:

    I love this GZ, the colors are a perfect depiction of high desert ( we use to live in El Paso. Picture jasper has always reminded me of tumble weeds ( anybody old enough to remember that song by sons of the pioneers?) love the cactus! A great bracelet for fall!

  7. dolllady aka Pam
    dolllady aka Pam says:

    Gorgeous! This bracelet would also show New Mexico and South and West Texas. I’m still drooling over it.

  8. Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick says:

    You have done it again, GZ. Another fabulous bracelet with a wonderful woodsy look. Love all of the colors and your selection of beads. Outstanding design!

  9. kye
    kye says:

    This is wonderful. There are so many different beads to admire. I really like how you use daggers in your bracelets. They add a special touch.

  10. sweetjane
    sweetjane says:

    Now I can’t wait to get my daggers! This bracelet really does look cactus like. You use so many gemstones in your work….I can only imagine what your bead collection looks like! must have a lot of charms on hand. You do a very good job putting it all together!Keep up the great work!

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    thegreenzebra says:

    ohmygoodness, thank you so much for the wonderful comments everyone – so nice to hear after getting home from work. I’m glad my dagger use is going over well (I thought maybe I was getting a little carried away…) sweetjane, I hope you like them as much as I do

  12. Beady Little Eyes
    Beady Little Eyes says:

    Love it GZ. It really does remind me of cacti. Right down to the melon shapes. And the sun is wonderful. Great combination of beads and components.

  13. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    Lavish and decadent fall colors and textures!

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