Monday, December 07, 2009

Designing With Vintage Lucite Beads from The Beadin' Path -- Part One

I love old things. A day poking through an antique mall is a day well spent. I also have a decent collection of vintage beads, but it's been difficult to part with them. Lately, I've begun adding more vintage lucite bead earrings to my web site -- it's time to share!

I was recently contacted by my favorite vintage bead store, The Beadin' Path -- would I like to become a Design Partner and receive some beads to create with, then share the designs on my blog?

Well I should say SO! The Beadin' Path not only has an awesome collection of ever-changing vintage beads, but cool contemporary beads, gemstones, and pearls as well.

The beads arrived, and I sat at my work bench, moving beads around, thinking about color and pattern, looking through the other beads in my stash for accents. Here are two of the designs I've made so far.

First, "Vanilla Cream Poppies".
This bracelet was made by clustering charms together, a design I like to use with my lampwork beads. The flowers are made by stacking two different lucite flowers together with a tiny pewter bead cap in front and back. The cream lucite beads are capped in delicate sterling silver, and red coral Swarovski crystal matched the red lucite perfectly. And how about that toggle?

Orange Lucite Flowers, LUC4886OR
Red Lucite Flowers, LUC2699RD

Cream Lucite Rounds, LUC2173YL

Next, "Old Fashioned Christmas".

I made this necklace with a mix of lucite leaves, teardrops, and rounds. I used Tierracast pewter beads and heliotrope Swarovski crystals from my own stash and linked everything to patterned sterling silver chain. The trick with this necklace is first to connect the charms to every other link, and second to make sure that all the charms are hanging in the same direction so you get a clean line and the necklace lies correctly.

The red lucite beads are wired to the front of the lucite leaves, and the leaves are linked to the chain with jump rings. I thought the necklace had a Christmas look, but not TOO much so -- the shades of green keep the necklace from screaming "I'm Mrs. Claus!".

Red Teardrops, LUC4614RD
Olive Green Rounds, LUC2390GR
Green Leaves, LUC4589GR

If you can't find the exact beads to make these pieces, explore The Beadin' Path's web site. They have tons of beads, and get new ones all the time. Vintage beads go fast, so check in often for the new additions!

Be sure to check back here for Part Two -- not only will I have more jewelry made with lucite beads, but I'll have a lucite bead give-away, and you don't want to miss that!

Lori Anderson is a full-time jewelry designer and current insomniac. The Beadin' Path is an awesome bead store in Freeport, ME.

Disclosure: The beads listed were kindly provided free-of-charge by The author of this blog has not received any payment from above-mentioned company. The post above represents only personal opinion of the blog author.


  1. Beautiful job, Lori!

  2. Very Nice!! Beadin Path is right up the street! (ok, about 25 minutes, it's a long street!)

  3. They are stunning Lori but then you have such brilliant taste.
    You have a lovely week my dear.

  4. Beautiful. The necklace is especially stunning.

  5. absolutely stunning!

  6. Wow, Lori! I love what you did with those vintage beads!

  7. Mrs. Claus, LOL! No, definitely not. It's all lovely!

  8. Wonderful!!! Nice job.

  9. That bracelet is so creative! I love the way you put those flowers together. Great job, Lori!

  10. Thanks for that inspired post Lori, I'd never thought of using lucite beads in clusters like that, you've created a stunning effect.

    I'm going to allot myself some time today to explore The Beading Path - I so enjoy her Tweets! :)

  11. Oh I LUV LUV the vanilla poppies!!!!!!! I neva would have thought about the cream with orange!!! FAB!

  12. That Christmas necklace is so pretty!

    I read The Historian in fall 2008 and loved it! I have read many reviews of it and realize that it's one of those books that people either love or loathe. I think it's wonderful. I love the travel through Europe, the lore, the mystery and suspense. Some nights I went to bed a little spooked (but hey, I'm too disorganized for Vlad to want me in his library!). I really appreciate the research Kostova did to write this book. I hear it took over 10 years to write.

    I'm reading it a second time now, but unfortunately I've had to set it aside for a few weeks while I finish up classes and move. Thus the reason it's been on my "Currently Reading" feature for waaay too long. I'll already tell you that I notice it reads differently the second time around. I suppose it's because there's a lot less mystery.

    Let me know your thoughts on it!

  13. ahh i love your beadwork, especially with the first one. absolutely gorgeous :)

  14. Very Cool Lori! Love the vintage beads, so pretty and the color is perfect.

    Thanks for stopping by to check out my Birthday "Hunk". He was found at a rummage sale. I could not resist.

  15. Totally awesome work Lori!

  16. Lori,

    Sorry about the links to Caron and the wonderful little frog. If you go to and then click on caron connections (at the top), *it* should take you to all the *newsletters* and the Twelve Days of Christmas and the Froggy!

    Good luck!

  17. Lori,

    I love the vintage beads included in your beautiful pieces. The red necklace is outstanding!


  18. Gorgeous Lori! I love LOVE LOVE the clustered look! And the holiday necklace with the silver & the leaf beads is fabu & rich looking too!


  19. Extraordinary Lori, that bracelet is just exquisite


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