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Cali Beads



Hi there, I recently was sent via email from Deb Roberti's, Around the Beading Table, a link to a rather gorgeous beading pattern called the Claudi Cali Bead Chain by Linda Genaw.  The pattern included some beads called Cali Beads, and I must admit to never having heard of them, so off I went on a search.

I discovered that Cali beads are Czech glass beads in a marquise shape with three holes and are 3x8mm in size.   I looked around the internet and finally decided to buy some from CjBeaders, an online shop I have personally never tried before.  They are available at other online stores so you can shop around, but they are not widely available as I type this.

I purchased three colours as you can see from the picture above.  Top is Hematite, bottom left is Crystal Gold Amber and bottom right is Crystal Vega Iris, which all came in packs of 50 at various prices depending on the colour.

I am excited to get started on my bracelet and will show it off once completed.

Happy beading..

JanieB xxx




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Claudia Cali Bead Chain Bead Bracelet

I'm back, just finished making the Claudia bracelet and am really pleased with the result, the pattern was easy to follow and it took no time at all to finish, well a couple of hours.  I used the beads above, from left to right, Hematite Cali Beads, 11/0 Jet Toho Seed Beads and Opaque Ivory White Luster SuperDuo Beads.  I thought the three colours would look good together, and as I said I was pleased how it turned out.

I added the clasp a little differently from the pattern, adding a 6mm silver coloured, twisted effect, closed jump ring onto the six beads at the end, and then added a 6mm silver coloured, twisted effect, open jump ring to connect to the clasp.  The clasp is a pretty silver plated, 8mm magnetic round clasp with small crystals as decoration.  To stitch it together I used two arm lengths of 6lb Fireline and a size 12 beading needle.
Claudia Cali Bead Pattern by Linda Genaw from Linda's Crafty Insperations

Happy Beading...
Love JanieB xxx

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