Sunday, October 7, 2018

Crystal Tile Bracelet & Hana-Ami Earrings - Beige Luster & Jet


CRYSTAL TILE BRACELET
  • 11/0 seed beads Toho "Hybrid Antiqued Metallic Black" (Y503)
  • 8/0 seed beads Toho "Hybrid Antiqued Metallic Black" (Y503)
  • 4mm fire polished beads "Opaque Beige Luster"
  • 4mm bicones "Jet - #C04" (Chinese)



HANA-AMI EARRINGS
  • 11/0 seed beads Toho "Hybrid Antiqued Metallic Black" (Y503)
  • 8/0 seed beads Toho "Hybrid Antiqued Metallic Black" (Y503)
  • 4mm fire polished beads "Opaque Beige Luster"
  • 4mm bicones "Jet - #C04" (Chinese)



As I mentioned in THIS post yesterday, I made another Christmas present set using the same two patterns but with slightly different colored beads. The photo above shows the two bracelets side-by-side so that you can see the color difference. The fire polished beads in bracelet that I blogged about yesterday are a buttery color. The ones in today's bracelet have a slight caramel tint like the color of sweetened condensed milk. I also used solid opaque jet bicones in today's bracelet instead of graphite bicones.



You can buy Deb's "Crystal Tile Bracelet" pattern HERE at Around the Beading Table. Her "Hana-Ami Motif" pattern is free and you can download it HERE.





 

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Crystal Tile Bracelet & Hana-Ami Earrings - Beige Luster & Black


HANA-AMI EARRINGS
  • 11/0 seed beads Toho "Hybrid Antiqued Metallic Black" (Y503)
  • 8/0 seed beads Toho "Hybrid Antiqued Metallic Black" (Y503)
  • 4mm fire polished beads "Antique Beige Luster Iris"
  • 4mm bicones "Grey Dark Silver - #C36" (Chinese)

I made some earrings to go with the bracelet that I blogged about HERE yesterday. The "Crystal Tile Bracelet" motif isn't really suitable for earrings but Deb's "Hana-Ami Motif" is perfect. All I had to do was add a loop at the top of the motif to attach my earring wire.


You can buy Deb's "Crystal Tile Bracelet" pattern HERE at Around the Beading Table. Her "Hana-Ami Motif" pattern is free and you can download it HERE.




 

Friday, October 5, 2018

Crystal Tile Bracelet - Beige Luster & Black


CRYSTAL TILE BRACELET
  • 11/0 seed beads Toho "Hybrid Antiqued Metallic Black" (Y503)
  • 8/0 seed beads Toho "Hybrid Antiqued Metallic Black" (Y503)
  • 4mm fire polished beads "Antique Beige Luster Iris"
  • 4mm bicones "Grey Dark Silver - #C36" (Chinese)

The last time that I blogged about this pattern by Deborah Roberti was HERE back in 2015. In 2014, I made one of these in a similar colorway to today's bracelet but the fire polished beads that I used that time were plain opaque ivory.
I blogged about that bracelet HERE. The ones in today's bracelet have an iridescent finish and they're a darker, buttery cream color.
 

Bracelet from 2014

Today's bracelet will be a Christmas present and I didn't have enough of those plain ivory beads so I used these sparkly beige ones instead. I'll be making one more like this for someone else but the fire polished beads I will use are more of a caramel cream and the bicones I will use are opaque jet. I'm using Chinese bicones that I got quite a few years ago and I don't have enough of either of the two shades of black to make both bracelets. You probably can't tell in these photos but these bicones are sort of a dark graphite color with a hint of iridescence. I will use these same seed beads to make the second bracelet as well. They're black but they have a metallic finish.

Although I modeled this bracelet on my own arm in the photo, it is actually long enough to fit a 7 1/4 to 7 3/4-inch wrist size depending on the clasp and number of jump rings that are used. You'll need to make ten motifs to fit that size range. For my 6-inch wrist, I make this pattern with eight motifs.


You can buy Deb's "Crystal Tile Bracelet" pattern HERE at Around the Beading Table.



 

Monday, October 1, 2018

Athena Bracelet - Gold & Petrol


ATHENA BRACELET
  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki Hybrid "Aztec Gold" (55127)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki Hybrid "Aztec Gold" (55127)
  • SuperDuo beads "Pearl Coat Steel Blue"
  • SuperDuo beads "Bronze Pale Gold"
  • 4mm druks "Aztec Gold"


I showed you the "Juliet" earrings below in THIS post. They will be a Christmas present and I wanted to make a matching bracelet. I hadn't tried Deb Roberti's "Athena Bracelet" pattern before, other than to make some color samples, and it calls for just the right kinds of beads to go nicely with the style of the earrings.


You can buy Deb's "Athena Bracelet" HERE at Around the Beading Table or HERE in her Etsy shop.





 

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Juliet Earrings - Turquoise & Lilac


JULIET EARRINGS
  • 15/0 seed beads Toho "Nickel Plated" (711)
  • 8/0 seed beads Toho "Nickel Plated" (711)
  • ZoliDuo beads "Alabaster Lila Vega Luster"
  • SuperDuo beads "Pink Luster Turquoise"
  • 4mm druks "Lilac Vega Luster"


Because the "Juliet Earrings" go so well with the "Dicey Diamonds Bracelet", I wanted to make a pair to go with the bracelet that I blogged about HERE. The problem was that I had used some matte lilac druks in the bracelet and they don't make ZoliDuos in that color. The closest thing that I have are these "Alabaster Lila Vega Luster" ZoliDuos. The color is close but not quite the same. But, I figured that nobody would be able to tell the difference from a distance especially considering that the earrings will be so far away from the bracelet on my wrist.

I was all set to make the earrings when I realized that I don't have any 4mm silver druks. Goodness knows how that could be since I have them in pretty much every color and finish that's out there and I do have them in 3mm. I gave the 3mm druks a try but they aren't the right scale for this design. So, I ended up using druks that are the same color as the ZoliDuos and I quite like how they look together, possibly even more than I would have liked silver druks.





I was a little nervous about using Toho 15/0 nickel seed beads for for the netting around the earrings because their 15/0 beads are notoriously irregular and wonky. I could have used Miyuki nickel beads but they are harder to come by and I'm reserving my stash for extra special beading projects. So, I simply picked out the nicest-looking Toho beads as I went along being careful not to pick up any really oddly shaped ones. They do look fine but they were a real pain to work with because the holes are so tiny. I wasn't able to get back through the top loop as many times as I would have liked even though I used a size 12 needle and 6lb Fireline. I almost never have that problem with Miyuki's 15/0 beads.

Read THIS post for information about this pattern which was adapted from Teresa Morse's "Juliet Bracelet". I have a list of links to online sources for ZoliDuo and PaisleyDuo beads on the right side of my blog under "Where to buy..."



Saturday, September 22, 2018

Playing with my beads...Dicey Diamonds Bracelet Variation with MiniDuos


  • 15/0 seed beads Miyuki "Light Bronze" (457L)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Light Bronze" (457L)
  • 3mm Czech pearls "Cream"
  • MiniDuo beads "Opaque White Ruby Gold Luster aka Opaque Dark Pink Luster"

For information about this pattern, read THIS post. The other day Jeanie Callaghan asked me if I thought MiniDuos might work with this pattern. I'm happy to say that they work beautifully and perhaps even better than SuperDuos. I only had to make two adjustments to the design. I used 3mm pearls instead of 4mm druks and I eliminated four 15/0 seed beads on each motif. The result is a more dainty version of the bracelet.

Below is a comparison of my sample MiniDuo version next to the full-size SuperDuo version:


To make this mini version of the bracelet in my size, I will need to make five motifs. I will likely have to make an adjustment by leaving off the pearls near the ends otherwise it might be too long.


ALMOST THERE...

My blog hasn't quite hit 7 million pageviews yet but I expect it will in the next few hours. Right now the total count is 6,998,931 so 1,069 more to go. My blog typically gets between 3,500 and 4,000 pageviews per day and much more than that if I post a new pattern or something that's very popular.

 

Friday, September 21, 2018

SuperDuo Rosette Bracelet - Violet Picasso


SUPERDUO ROSETTE BRACELET
  • 15/0 seed beads Miyuki "Duracoat Galvanized Pewter" (4222)
  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Duracoat Galvanized Pewter" (4222)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Duracoat Galvanized Pewter" (4222)
  • SuperDuo beads "Opaque Violet Picasso"
  • 3mm Czech pearls "Opaque Pastel Brown Sugar"


The other day I showed you the sample below of a couple of "Dicey Diamonds Bracelet" colorways that I decided not to make into bracelets. I liked one of the colorways well enough that I wanted to use it for something so I made this "SuperDuo Rosette Bracelet".


This pattern does take smaller druks than "Dicey Diamonds" but I do have some 3mm druks in that color. This bracelet was very difficult to photograph so my photos don't clearly show the color of these SuperDuos. Below is a photo of the SuperDuos that shows a little better what the actual color looks like. I would describe the color as a dark plum/purple with metallic pewter accents.


You can buy Sam Wescott's "SuperDuo Rosette" bracelet pattern HERE.



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I started this blog on January 28, 2014 and it is just about to hit 7 million pageviews since then. I anticipate reaching 7 million sometime tomorrow. Thanks for your support and lovely comments over the years. I have made many wonderful beading friends because of this blog.