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What Beautiful Beads You Have

Pyrite beads are so nice and SHINY.  
Perfect stone for a five wrap leather bracelet to bring the wearer luck but I had some technical difficulties.  The inner diameter of the bead was smaller than the usual beads I work with.  I started out with a number 12 needle but the eye wouldn't go through the bead!  Off to The Bead Shop I go.  We try a number 15 needle.  Yay, it goes through.  Now if I could only see the eye to pass my thread through!  No luck. So now we try a collapsible needle.  Yay it works, but I no likey.  It's so flimsy!  Argh! 

I started the bracelet using the collapsible needle.  This is how far I've gotten.  
13 inches and more painstakingly inches to go! 
But it looks real sweet.  You should see it.  

If anyone is in the New Orleans area I'll be teaching another workshop in August at The Bead Shop on Magazine.  Come hang out with me and learn to make your own leather wrap bracelet.
Now back to threading through the bead, around the leather, back through the bead, and repeat 150,000 times!  Here's to a lovely Thursday night.



  1.'s coming out really nicely! Your mom's going to love it :-p (I poked the tongue out just for you)


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