Saturday, August 18, 2018

Buttercup Bracelet - Milky Alexandrite Moon Dust


BUTTERCUP BRACELET
  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Duracoat Pewter" (4222)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Duracoat Pewter" (4222)
  • MiniDuo beads "Jet Silver Paste Matte"
  • 3mm Czech pearls "Deep Lilac Satin"
  • 6mm druks "Milky Alexandrite Moon Dust"


On a whim, I tried something different with the "Buttercup" pattern. Instead of regular SuperDuos, 8mm druks and 4mm druks, I switched to MiniDuos, 6mm and 3mm druks. As you can see, that worked beautifully. This version came out about 5/8-inch wide. Below you can see one of the regular size bracelets next to the mini version. I was able to use Miyuki seed beads to make this bracelet. I haven't tried using Toho seed beads so I don't know if they will work well.


I also made this little sample of the mini version in another colorway:


  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Metallic Chocolate" (461)
  • MiniDuo beads "Opaque Green Luster"
  • 3mm stone beads "Howlite" (Chinese)
  • 6mm druks "Brown Caramel Picasso"

This pattern is by Teresa Morse and you can buy the pattern HERE in her Etsy shop. Read my original post about this pattern HERE for more information.



 

Friday, August 17, 2018

Buttercup Bracelet - Apricot


BUTTERCUP BRACELET
  • 11/0 seed beads Toho "Bright Bronze" (221)
  • 8/0 seed beads Toho "Bright Bronze" (221)
  • SuperDuo beads "Opaque White Apricot Full"
  • 4mm Czech pearls "Cream"
  • 8mm round beads "Apricot" (Chinese)

These pretty apricot colored 8mm beads were a gift from Teejay.


This pattern is by Teresa Morse and you can buy the pattern HERE in her Etsy shop. Read my original post about this pattern HERE for more information.



 

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Buttercup Bracelet - Indigo Orchid


BUTTERCUP BRACELET
  • 11/0 seed beads Toho "Nickel Plated" (711)
  • 8/0 seed beads Toho "Nickel Plated" (711)
  • SuperDuo beads "Polychrome Black Raspberry"
  • 4mm druks "Pastel Petrol"
  • 8mm druks "Polychrome Indigo Orchid"

It's a little hard to tell in my photos but these SuperDuos are a very dark purple. They bring out the purple in the polychrome druks.


This pattern is by Teresa Morse and you can buy the pattern HERE in her Etsy shop. Read my first post about this pattern HERE for more information.



 

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Buttercup Bracelet - Jade


BUTTERCUP BRACELET
  • 11/0 seed beads Toho "Antique Bronze" (223)
  • 8/0 seed beads Toho "Antique Bronze" (223)
  • SuperDuo beads "Aquamarine Dark Travertine"
  • 4mm Czech pearls "Antique Gold"
  • 8mm round beads "Jade" (Chinese)


I've made three more of these bracelets, including this one, and plan to make one more before I move on to something else. I thought you might like to see these four sample colorways that I've decided not to use:


TOP LEFT SAMPLE

  • 11/0 seed beads Toho "Antique Bronze" (223)
  • SuperDuo beads "Chalk Senegal"
  • 4mm Czech pearls "Gold"
  • 8mm druks "Opaque Lilac Gold Luster"

TOP RIGHT SAMPLE

  • 11/0 seed beads Toho "Antique Bronze" (223)
  • SuperDuo beads "Bronze Pale Gold"
  • 4mm pearls "Ivory" (Chinese)
  • 8mm round beads "Aqua" (Chinese)

BOTTOM LEFT SAMPLE

  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Metallic Chocolate" (461)
  • SuperDuo beads "Chalk Blue Picasso Luster"
  • 4mm druks "Blue Luster"
  • 8mm druks "Matte Bronze"

BOTTOM RIGHT SAMPLE

  • 11/0 seed beads Toho "Metallic Bronze Antique Gold" (225)
  • SuperDuo beads "Chalk Lazure Blue"
  • 4mm druks "Blue Luster"
  • 8mm druks "Matte Bronze"

You've probably noticed that I've been using Toho seed beads. It turns out that they work with this pattern much better than Miyuki seed beads. The motifs stay flat and there is enough room for the center beads so that they don't pop out. I did use Miyuki beads to make one of the samples above and the motif does cup but it doesn't look too bad.

In today's bracelet, I used some green glass beads that Teejay sent me from England a few years ago. They're Chinese so I can't tell you were to find them. They just happen to go perfectly with the colors in these Superduos. The aqua bead in one of my samples was also from Teejay.

This pattern is by Teresa Morse and you can buy the pattern HERE in her Etsy shop. Read my first post about this pattern HERE for more information.




Saturday, August 11, 2018

Buttercup Bracelet - Rose & Mossy Green


BUTTERCUP BRACELET
  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Metallic Khaki Iris" (2031)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Metallic Khaki Iris" (2031)
  • SuperDuo beads "Ruby Luster"
  • 4mm round stone beads "Unakite"
  • 8mm round stone beads "Unakite"

I bought these pretty pink and green stone beads from Aura Crystals a few years ago and I just happened to have them in both sizes that this bracelet pattern calls for. I checked their site and they no longer sell these beads but, if you do a Google image search, you'll find quite a few bead sites that sell them.


This pattern is by Teresa Morse and you can buy it HERE in her Etsy shop. This was my first time making the pattern and I expected to have to make mine shorter than the pattern instructs because I usually do with most bracelet patterns. However, I ended up having to make it the full length (the center motif plus three of the small motifs on each side of it) and it just barely fit my 6-inch wrist. Teresa must have a very tiny wrist because mine is unusually small and I had to use two jump rings on each end and a large toggle clasp to make it long enough to fit me. If I had added another motif on each side, it would have been much too long. If you have a 7 1/2-inch wrist, or larger, make four motifs on each side. 


I highly recommend using a toggle clasp with this bracelet because of the weight of it. A magnetic clasp would not be secure enough. If you go to Teresa's Etsy shop, you'll see that she also used toggle clasps on all three of her examples.

The pattern says to use 4 yards of thread (I recommend FireLine because this is a heavy bracelet) and to make the bracelet by starting in the center of the thread and then work your way out from there to make each side with each half of the thread. I get frustrated enough just having a short tail getting in my way while beading so I decided that I really didn't want to have two yards of thread dangling as I worked. So, I started by making the center motif at the end of the 4 yards of thread in the usual way (leaving just enough of a tail to weave in) and the right side as instructed. I added a clasp loop at the end of the first side with my working thread then wove my way back through the work to add the other side. Even by doing that, I ended up with almost two yards of thread left over. Three yards would have been more than enough for my size bracelet with enough thread to do some extra reinforcing too.

To make the pattern as per the instructions, you will need seven 8mm round beads, sixteen 4mm round beads, 70 SuperDuos and about 3 yards of FireLine. The bracelet is almost an inch wide.

Teresa doesn't mention whether she uses Toho or Miyuki seed beads to make this bracelet. I used Miyuki beads and my motifs cup a little and the 8mm beads tend to pop up out of the motifs. I plan to make this pattern in a few more colorways and I will try using Toho beads and see if the motifs come out any flatter. 





Friday, August 3, 2018

Bracelet of the Day: Circe Bracelet


CIRCE BRACELET
  • 11/0 seed beads Toho "Metallic Bronze Antique Gold" (225)
  • 8/0 seed beads Toho "Metallic Bronze Antique Gold" (225)
  • SuperDuo beads "Opaque Light Blue Picasso"
  • 4mm fire polished beads "Chartreuse Picasso"

This cute bracelet pattern is by Deb Roberti and you can buy her pattern HERE at Around the Beading Table. I've had the beads set aside to make this bracelet for so long that I'm not even sure if these bead colors are still available.


This was my first time making this pattern and I found that I needed to reinforce each motif two or three times or they tended to fold up. Some of the motifs on my bracelet do curl in a little but I doubt if it will be noticeable while I'm wearing it. My suggestion is that you use FireLine to make this pattern and also that you reinforce not only around the outer edge of each motif, but also go around the inner circle of each motif as well. Do the inside reinforcing first because I found that I couldn't always get my needle back around through those inner beads once I'd reinforced the outside due to the angle of the beads.


I needed to make eight motifs to fit my 6-inch wrist but the bracelet is a little loose. I couldn't think of any way to make it shorter and one less motif would be much too tight so I put on the smallest clasp that I had.

I bought these SuperDuos HERE at Red Panda but when I bought more of this color years later, I found out that the old and new dye lots are completely different. The new dye lot doesn't have the yellowish/amber highlights that you see on the beads in my bracelet. Although the color name isn't quite the same, I think THESE SuperDuos at Aura Crystals might be close to the color that I used.

I can't promise that this dye lot hasn't changed over time as well but Red Panda does still sell the Chartreuse Picasso fire polished beads HERE. Aura Crystals also has them HERE.


 PETITE FLEUR BRACELET SAMPLE


  • 15/0 seed beads Miyuki "Light Bronze" (457L)
  • SuperDuo beads "Turquoise Green with Light Picasso"
  • O-Beads "Metallic Antique Gold"

I also wanted to show you this sample of the "Petite Fleur Bracelet" by Fusion Beads. It's a pattern that I have wanted to try for years but never got  around to it until the other day. While I think it's super cute, there is something that bugs me about it so I probably won't make this bracelet. The 15/0 seed beads that go along the outer edge of the bracelet are too crowded and sometimes they overlap each other. I used Miyuki seed beads so the problem would be even worse with Toho beads. In fact, I doubt if Toho beads would work at all with this pattern. Maybe I'm just too fussy though and with my aging eyesight I really can't see the messy beads unless I look really closely with glasses on. I probably would have put up with that issue if not for one more. It's kind of tricky getting the needled to go through the O-Beads in certain spots and I think I would get very tired of putting up with that long enough to make a whole bracelet. If I ever run out of other patterns to make, maybe I'll revisit this one because I think it's a really pretty way to use O-Beads and I've got a lot of them.

If you'd like to give this free pattern a go, you'll find it HERE at Fusion Beads. I got these SuperDuos HERE at Supply Emporium.



 

Friday, July 27, 2018

Update on the eyeglasses chain repair


I mentioned in THIS post last week that a friend asked me if I would try to repair her beaded eyeglasses chain. I finally had a chance to take a close look at it yesterday to see what I would need to do. It turned out that fourteen beads were missing but that actually made the job a little easier. Instead of having to re-weave several little daisies, I only had to remove the broken thread and straggler beads and restore a couple of daisies to keep the same color sequence. Once that was done, I wove all the way through the entire chain, as well as the loops on the ends, with FireLine to reinforce the whole thing. It's a good thing that I did this because I ran into several spots along the chain that probably would have come apart soon.

Below is my original photo that shows the broken part of the chain: