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  • Writer's picturebeadspy

This cuff bracelet was made to display some of the beaded flowers I have been working on, based on cherry blossom shapes. The five petal blooms are made with a variey of sizes 11 and 8 seed beads, the leaves with sizes 11 and 8 hex beads. It reminds me of old fashioned wrist corsages, and the cuff portion is made from vintage deep green seed beads from the 1930s/40s, the clasp is a vintage shell button. There is also a detail photo on the gallery page.

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  • Writer's picturebeadspy

The happiest place on Earth is not far from this bead shop, but I'd much rather be here.

Brea Bead Works has a great selection of what I like to call 'treasure beads', delightful little finds that are displayed beautifully so that you can peruse them in wonder. They have a healthy selection of beads, tools and supplies for all types of beading and jewelry making needs, and offer classes, workshops and trunk shows too.

Brea Bead Works

1033 East Imperial Highway, Ste E6

Brea, California 92821, 714-671-9976

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I like to make things - some jewelry, but mostly small objects, usually inspired by flora and fauna. Like this little Octopus, beadwoven with glass seed beads and two irridescent glass

bead eyes. Had fun figuring out how to make his curly-cue tentacles. Just sold this guy and gonna miss him, so had to post his picture. What do you do with the beads you find?

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