Friday, August 26, 2016

Playing with my Beads...Presa Linda with Candy Beads

"Presa Linda Bracelet" is my adaptation of Carole Ohl's "Presa Bracelet" tutorial. It's usually made with Silky beads but it also works very well with 6mm 2-hole cabochons and these 8mm 2-hole Candy beads. I only had to adjust the number of seed beads that go around the Candy beads. Five 11/0 beads fit perfectly in both of my samples. I love all three of these colorways so I will probably make them for myself. The "Chalk Lumi Green" one is my favorite.


  • 11/0 seed beads Toho "Metallic Bronze Antique Gold" (225)
  • 8/0 seed beads Toho "Metallic Bronze Antique Gold" (225)
  • 8mm 2-hole Candy beads "Chalk Lumi Green"
  • Pinch beads "Chrome Antique Gold"


  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457)
  • 8mm 2-hole Candy beads "Jet"
  • Pinch beads "Red Luster" or "Chalk Green Luster"

You'll find these 8mm Candy beads at Queen City Bead on Etsy HERE. Download the free "Presa Linda Bracelet" pattern from THIS post. Carole has "Presa Linda" kits for sale in several colorways in her Etsy shop HERE.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Playing with my Beads...Lucy Bracelet with Candy Beads

Teejay's "Lucy Bracelet" pattern looks really cute with Candy beads as you can see. I made samples in the two colorways below:


  • 15/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457)
  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457)
  • 8mm 2-hole Candy beads "Montana Blue"
  • 4mm Czech pearls "Deep Lilac Satin"
  • Half Tila beads "Purple Gray Rainbow" (HTL-1898)


  • 15/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457)
  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457)
  • 8mm 2-hole Candy beads "Pastel Bordeaux"
  • 4mm druks "Amethyst Luster"
  • Half Tila beads "Matte Metallic Blue Green" (HTL-2064)

You'll find these 8mm Candy beads at Queen City Bead on Etsy HERE. Download the free "Lucy Bracelet" pattern from THIS post.

 

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Playing with my Beads...Silky Stacker with Candy Beads

The 8mm Candy beads work great with Deborah Roberti's free "Silky Stacker" pattern and no adjustments are needed.


  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457)
  • 8mm 2-hole Candy beads "Pastel Bordeaux"
  • SuperDuo beads "Matte Purple Iris"

You'll find these 8mm Candy beads at Queen City Bead on Etsy HERE. You can download the free bracelet pattern at Around the Beading Table HERE.

 

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Playing with my Beads...Camille Variation with Candy Beads

I love making this bracelet with Silky beads but it also looks nice with these 8mm Candy beads. I made some samples in two colorways:


  • 15/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457)
  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457)
  • 8mm 2-hole Candy beads "Pastel Montana Blue"
  • Kheops par Puca beads "Montana Blue"
  • 4mm bicones "Ink Blue AB" (Chinese)


  • 15/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457)
  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457)
  • 8mm 2-hole Candy beads "Jet"
  • 4mm bicones "Jet Hematite - #C36" (Beads One)

You'll find these 8mm Candy beads at Queen City Bead on Etsy HERE. You can buy Puca's original "Camille" pattern in her Etsy shop HERE.


Monday, August 22, 2016

Playing with my Beads...Little Ditties with Candy Beads

This was my first time trying Deb Roberti's free "Little Ditties" bracelet pattern. The Candy beads are perfect for this pattern because they're a little larger than the 2-hole beads that the pattern calls for. I think that the larger size suites the scale of the SuperDuo motifs better. No changes to the pattern are necessary when using Candy beads.


  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457)
  • 8mm 2-hole Candy beads "Jet"
  • SuperDuo beads "Polychrome Denim Blue"
  • 3mm druks "Bronze"


  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457)
  • 8mm 2-hole Candy beads "Chalk Lumi Green"
  • SuperDuo beads "Blue Turquoise Bronze Picasso"
  • 3mm fire polished beads "Transparent Green Luster"

You'll find these 8mm Candy beads at Queen City Bead on Etsy HERE. Download the free bracelet pattern from Around the Beading Table HERE.

 

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Playing with my Beads...Sandra Silky with Candy Beads

I've blogged about my adaptation of Norma Jean Dell's "Lattice Gates Bracelet" pattern many times. I normally used Silky beads but you can see that 8mm Candy beads work great too. For one of my samples below, I tried some of those smooth SuperDuo beads that just happened to be exactly the same color as the Candy beads and they work just as well as the regular tapered kind. You'll find these smooth SuperDuos at Red Panda HERE.


  • 11/0 seed beads Toho "Galvanized Carnival" (513)
  • 8/0 seed beads Toho "Galvanized Carnival" (513)
  • 8mm 2-hole Candy beads "Matte Golden Olive"
  • SuperDuo beads "Matte Golden Olive"



  • 11/0 seed beads Toho "Galvanized Carnival" (513)
  • 8/0 seed beads Toho "Galvanized Carnival" (513)
  • 8mm 2-hole Candy beads "Matte Golden Olive"
  • SuperDuo beads "Chalk Lazure Red"



  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457)
  • 8mm 2-hole Candy beads "Light Blue Travertine"
  • SuperDuo beads "Yellow Dark Travertin"



  • 11/0 seed beads Toho "Nickel Plated" (711)
  • 8/0 seed beads Toho "Nickel Plated" (711)
  • 8mm 2-hole Candy beads "Montana Blue"
  • SuperDuo beads "Opaque Violet White Luster"

You'll find these 8mm Candy beads at Queen City Bead on Etsy HERE. You can buy Norma Jean Dell's original "Lattice Gates Bracelet" pattern on Etsy HERE.

 

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Playing with my Beads...Ivy Bracelet with Candy Beads


  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457)
  • 8mm 2-hole Candy beads "Chalk Lumi Green"
  • 4mm druks "Bronze"
  • SuperDuo beads "Opaque Green Senegal Matte"
  • O-Beads "Opaque Green Luster"

I used our free "Ivy Bracelet" pattern to make this sample. I know that most kinds of 6mm 2-hole beads work well with the pattern but I didn't know if 8mm beads would also work. They do work but I had to make a tweak. Instead of the three seed beads on either side of the 2-hole beads, I used 4mm druks. When I tried using the seed beads there, they were stretched out straight instead of forming points. That made the beadwork too loose and the druks give the motifs more stability. Even so, this version is kind of soft but I think it would be fine while wearing it. The bracelet comes out only slightly wider than when made with 6mm 2-hole cabochons but it has a bolder look because the Candy beads are much larger than the 6mm cabs.

You'll find these 8mm Candy beads at Queen City Bead on Etsy HERE. Download the free "Ivy Bracelet" pattern from THIS post.