Wednesday, April 17, 2019

SuperDuo Flower Chain Variation


SUPERDUO FLOWER CHAIN VARIATION
  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457)
  • 12mm Czech flower button "Golden Pink Picasso"
  • SuperDuo beads "Crystal Gold Luster"


A while back Claire from Supply Emporium sent me a bunch of these pretty Czech flower buttons to use for making button clasps. I have so many of them in these two colors that I really wanted to come up with a way to make a bracelet with some of them. I looked through my patterns for ideas and the one that looked the most like it would work is my free "SuperDuo Flower Chain" pattern which you can download HERE.

Here is one of my original "SuperDuo Flower Chain" bracelets for comparison:


I kept the main SuperDuo flower motifs but replaced the connector motifs with the buttons and a few seed beads. I took photos of the bracelet from the back so that you can see how I connected the buttons to the flower motifs. Here is a close-up:


Here is the entire bracelet from the back:


Supply Emporium is out of the buttons with the pink centers but Claire does have the Aged Bronze ones HERE. Click on the "Buttons" category to see a few other nice colors.





SUPERDUO FLOWER CHAIN VARIATION
  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Metallic Chocolate" (461)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Metallic Chocolate" (461)
  • 12mm Czech flower button "Aged Bronze"
  • SuperDuo beads "Chocolate Bronze"


It was challenging to find SuperDuos and seed beads that go well with these two button colors so I used basic metallics for both of them. Although the buttons in the bracelet above have some reddish coral in the centers, the over all color is neutral enough to wear this with a lot of things.




 

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Russian Leaf Earrings - White Luster & Gold


RUSSIAN LEAF EARRINGS
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Duracoat Gold" (4202)
  • 11/0 Miyuki Delica beads "Duracoat Galvanized Gold" (DB1832)
  • 11/0 Miyuki Delica beads "Opaque White Luster" (DB201)

       
Last year I blogged about some "Russian Leaf Earrings" identical to this pair but I used ivory Delicas. Read about them HERE. This time I used pure white Delicas that have a pearly luster finish.

To learn how to make "Russian Leaf Earrings", watch Jill Wiseman's YouTube video tutorial HERE and download her free PDF HERE. You will need to follow Jill's tutorial but make them with seven rows instead of nine as Jill instructs. 

Download my free earring color chart for this design from THIS post. It's not a tutorial for making Russian Leaf earrings so you will still need to follow Jill's tutorial if you don't already know how to make them. My color chart describes when to pick up each bead color to make the design on these earrings.

Read THIS post where I explain how I finish and reinforce my Russian Leaf earrings. I also have information about how I stiffen my earrings in THIS post.



You can buy Delica beads at Red Panda, Aura Crystals, Supply Emporium and Jill Wiseman Designs.




Sunday, April 14, 2019

Lattice Gates Variation - Chalk White Matted

  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Metallic Chocolate" (461)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Metallic Chocolate" (461)
  • 12mm Pyramid beads "Chalk White Matted"
  • SuperDuo beads "Matte Chalk Picasso"


This is the third colorway that I made by adapting Norma Jean Dell's "Lattice Gates Bracelet" pattern using 12mm Pyramid beads instead of CzechMates tiles. You can buy her pattern HERE.


Red Panda has these Pyramid beads HERE. Unfortunately, these SuperDuos aren't available anywhere that I know of.


Saturday, April 13, 2019

Lattice Gates Variation - Chalk Vega Luster


  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki/Czech "Black Bronze" (CZ55030)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki/Czech "Black Bronze" (CZ55030)
  • 12mm Pyramid beads "Chalk White Vega Luster Matted"
  • SuperDuo beads "Jet Bronze aka Dark Bronze"


Read yesterday's post HERE for more information about this adaptation of Norma Jean Dell's "Lattice Gates Bracelet" pattern using 12mm Pyramid beads instead of CzechMates tiles. You can buy her pattern HERE.



Red Panda has these Pyramid beads HERE.


Friday, April 12, 2019

Lattice Gates Variation - Lila Vega Luster


  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Duracoat Pewter" (4222)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Duracoat Pewter" (4222)
  • 12mm Pyramid beads "Chalk White Matted Lila Vega Luster"
  • SuperDuo beads "Jet Old Silver"


Back in 2015, I came up with a single row variation of Norma Jean Dell's "Lattice Gates Bracelet" pattern using Silky beads instead of CzechMates tiles. You can buy her pattern HERE on Etsy. I call my Silky bead version "Sandra Silky Bracelet". I have made my version quite a few times over the years and you can read some of my posts HERE, HERE and HERE.


Last year, I was given some unusual Pyramid beads in three wonderful grungy matte colors that have the look of stone. I finally had a chance to make something with them a few days ago and "Lattice Gates" was a perfect pattern to use. The main "Lattice Gates" motif was just the thing to go in between the Pyramid beads because they're close to the same size and they're somewhat squarish in shape. The bracelet has a chunky look but it's not heavy.

I had to really hunt through my bead stash to find SuperDuos that would complement the colors of the Pyramid beads because they don't make them in any of those colors. For today's bracelet I just used pewter colored beads and I think that this one is my favorite of the three bracelets. I will show you the other two colorways tomorrow and on Sunday.

Red Panda has these Pyramid beads HERE.


 

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Free Beading Pattern - Tiny Kite Earrings


TINY KITE EARRINGS
  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki/Czech "Black Bronze" (CZ55030)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki/Czech "Black Bronze" (CZ55030)
  • Kite beads "Turquoise Laser Bronze Matte Feather"
  • SuperDuo beads "Matte Dark Bronze"


After making the "Harlequin Bracelet" above which I blogged about HERE, I really needed to make some earrings to go with it. The colors are so unusual that none of my store bought earrings go well with it. Plus, the earrings really needed to have some of the same Kite beads in them because there are no other kinds of beads that are that turquoise color. My dilemma was that I had exactly two of those pretty Kite beads left and there are no earring patterns that I'm aware of that only require one Kite bead per earring. So, I came up with my own design which I call "Tiny Kite Earrings". They really are super tiny and only take a few minutes to make. After making this pair, I made some to go with my other two "Harlequin" bracelets and you can see them below.





Click HERE to download the free "Tiny Kite Earrings" pattern.


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TINY KITE EARRINGS
  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Light Bronze" (457L)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Light Bronze" (457L)
  • Kite beads "White Red Luster"
  • SuperDuo beads "Crystal Gold Luster"


I blogged about the matching dusty rose bracelet HERE. They don't make SuperDuos in the same color as the Kite beads or the cabochons so I had to use bronze ones.





TINY KITE EARRINGS
  • 11/0 seed beads Toho "Nickel Plated" (711)
  • 8/0 seed beads Toho "Nickel Plated" (711)
  • Kite beads "Jet Matte"
  • SuperDuo beads "Metalust Burnt Copper"

I blogged about the matching black and copper bracelet HERE. These SuperDuos are a little darker color than the copper beads in the bracelet but they're close enough.