Saturday, February 16, 2019

Fringe Earrings - Eggplant, Limestone and Black


FRINGE EARRINGS
  • 8/0 seed beads Toho "Nickel Plated" (711)
  • 11/0 Miyuki Delica beads "Duracoat Galvanized Pewter" (DB1852)
  • 11/0 Miyuki Delica beads "Opaque Limestone Luster" (DB211)
  • 11/0 Miyuki Delica beads "Opaque Black" (DB10)
  • 11/0 Miyuki Delica beads "Galvanized Matte Eggplant" (DB1174)


I blogged HERE a couple years ago about the same earring design made with mauve Delicas. I had originally seen earrings like these on the blog of Anna Belous. I haven't been able to find the original photo on her blog again but I recently came across it on the site where she is selling her beadwork. You can see her earrings HERE. Anna has some wonderful fringe earrings but most of them are much wider and longer than I like to wear. These are the exception. I like them exactly the way that she designed them.

In case you're wondering why I used Toho nickel 8/0 beads at the top of these earrings instead of pewter ones, it's because I wasn't thinking clearly and forgot that I was using pewter beads. Oops!


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


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On Friday you should have received an email with yesterday's post like I did. For some reason they combined Thursday's and Friday's posts in one email. If you scroll to the bottom of the email, you'll see my post from Thursday below Friday's post. Hopefully this isn't going to be the way they'll do it from now on because it's rather confusing.

 

Friday, February 15, 2019

Mystery SuperDuo Bracelet Set - Rembrandt Sapphire


MYSTERY SUPERDUO BRACELET
  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Duracoat Pewter" (4222)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Duracoat Pewter" (4222)
  • SuperDuo beads "Rembrandt Matte Sapphire"


For this set I used another one of the new Rembrandt SuperDuo colors called "Matte Sapphire". To me they look more like teal or steel blue/gray and the color goes very well with these pewter seed beads. I should mention that these SuperDuos are actually transparent even though the bracelet appears to be opaque while wearing it. Having said that, the transparency might be a factor if you use them to make earrings. If you have very short hair, the light might show through the beads and give the earrings an odd appearance. I have long dark hair so that's not an issue for me.




WAVE OF LOVE EARRING
  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Duracoat Pewter" (4222)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Duracoat Pewter" (4222)
  • SuperDuo beads "Rembrandt Matte Sapphire"

I thought that I might make a pair of "Wave of Love" earrings so I made the sample above to see if I liked it. I decided that I didn't care for this design with these variegated beads so I made a pair of "Corundum Earrings" instead.


The free tutorial for Pascale G-Mikovic's "Mystery SuperDuo Bracelet" is HERE on my blog. You can either watch Kelly Dale's free YouTube tutorial for the "Corundum Earrings" HERE or buy the pattern HERE in her Etsy shop. The free "Wave of Love" pattern is posted HERE. You'll find these Rembrandt SuperDuo beads HERE at Supply Emporium.



CORUNDUM EARRINGS
  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Duracoat Pewter" (4222)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Duracoat Pewter" (4222)
  • SuperDuo beads "Rembrandt Matte Sapphire"
  • SuperDuo beads "Pearl Luster" (this color is no longer available)







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Thursday, February 14, 2019

Fringe Earrings #104 and #105 - Teal & Khaki


FRINGE EARRINGS #104
  • 8/0 seed beads Toho "Bronze Antique Gold" (225)
  • 11/0 Miyuki Delica beads "Matte Blue Grey" (DB301)
  • 11/0 Miyuki Delica beads "Opaque Glazed Luster Teal" (DB264)
  • 11/0 Miyuki Delica beads "Opaque Matte Khaki" (DB390)


I've been having a lot of fun designing and making fringe earrings lately. Since I don't have anyone to make them for, I've been making them for myself in colors that appeal to me. I went through my wardrobe and my stash of Delica beads and I have mostly been making earrings that will go with the clothes that I wear. It's kind of challenging though because they don't make Delica beads in a lot of the colors that I wear. However, I have managed to come up with some pretty colorways to go with some of my favorite tops.


While trying to come up with some colors that would go well with one of my favorite summer tops, I tried the colorway below first. I often find that Delica colors actually look much lighter in the beadwork than they do in the container and these colors turned out to be much too pale. So, I went back to my Delica stash and found a darker shade of teal and a very dark navy blue that is also one of the colors in my top. I wasn't sure at first that the navy and teal would work well together but I think they look very nice as you can see in the photos above. I purposely kept the photos dark so that you can get a better idea of how dark the earrings are in real life. I only used three colors but I think they compliment each other very well. The sample earring is also pretty so I haven't taken it apart yet. I thought I might find something else to wear those colors with so I will hang onto it for a while just in case.



FRINGE EARRINGS #105
  • 8/0 seed beads Toho "Bronze Antique Gold" (225)
  • 11/0 Miyuki Delica beads "Duracoat Galvanized Matte Dark Sea Foam" (DB1847F)
  • 11/0 Miyuki Delica beads "Opaque Limestone Luster" (DB211)
  • 11/0 Miyuki Delica beads "Opaque Matte Khaki" (DB390)


Here are both colorways side-by-side:


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




 

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Mystery SuperDuo Bracelet Set - Beige Rembrandt


MYSTERY SUPERDUO BRACELET
  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Light Bronze" (457L)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Light Bronze" (457L)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Brown/Tan Matte Picasso" (4517)
  • SuperDuo beads "Rembrandt Matte Beige"


The sun has finally returned so I was able to take a LOT of beadwork photos yesterday. I took over 200 photos! I still have quite a bit of photo editing to do and blog posts to type today but I was able to get this post ready last night.


For this set I used one of the new "Rembrandt" SuperDuo colors. They look a bit like a mixture of beads but they're really just one color called "Rembrandt Matte Beige". Claire at Supply Emporium has these as well as all of the other available Rembrandt colors HERE. When you visit Claire's shop, you can either browse through everything she has to offer or do a search for "Rembrandt" if you want to go directly to the Rembrandt SuperDuos. Claire also has the 8/0 Picasso seed beads HERE.

The free tutorial for Pascale G-Mikovic's "Mystery SuperDuo Bracelet" is HERE on my blog. You can either watch Kelly Dale's free YouTube tutorial for the "Corundum Earrings" HERE or buy the pattern HERE in her Etsy shop.



CORUNDUM EARRINGS
  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Light Bronze" (457L)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Light Bronze" (457L)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Brown/Tan Matte Picasso" (4517)
  • SuperDuo beads "Rembrandt Matte Beige"


If you look closely at my earrings, you'll see that I used a few 8/0 Picasso seed beads on the outer edge. The only place where I used light bronze 8/0 beads was at the very top of the earrings where the jump rings are attached.






Saturday, February 2, 2019

Fringe Earrings #91 - Blue, Peach & Silver


NATIVE AMERICAN FRINGE EARRINGS
  • 8/0 seed beads Toho "Nickel Plated" (711)
  • 11/0 Miyuki Delica beads "Nickel Plated" (DB21)
  • 11/0 Miyuki Delica beads "Opaque Rich Cream" (DB732)
  • 11/0 Miyuki Delica beads "Opaque Peach Dyed" (DB1363)
  • 11/0 Miyuki Delica beads "Duracoat Dyed Tiffany Blue" (DB2133)



I designed the top of this earring and the bottom fringe was inspired by some earrings by Anna Belous. I don't remember which ones but you can visit her blog for lots of free earring charts HERE.

I apologize for my infrequent posts lately but I've had a heck of a time taking photos of my beadwork because of the lack of sunshine that is necessary to get good photos. The sun came out for a brief time late yesterday afternoon so I was able to quickly take these earring photos. They turned out quite well considering how late in the day it was, thanks to Paint Shop Pro for editing them. Anyway, this is what I have to deal with over the next ten days:


On top of that, it will be cloudy or overcast in between the rainy times for at least the next ten days. In the odd chance that the sun should come out for a short time, I will scramble to set up my "photography studio" and take as many photos as I can.


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



 

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Mystery SuperDuo Bracelet - Olive Iris Matte


MYSTERY SUPERDUO BRACELET
  • 11/0 Toho seed beads "Bronze Antique Gold" (225)
  • 8/0 Toho seed beads "Bronze Antique Gold" (225)
  • SuperDuo beads "Olive Iris Matte"


I've had a blast creating and using custom SuperDuo color mixes with this pattern but these SuperDuos in today's bracelet come premixed straight from the factory. The beads come in a combination of dark gold, olive green, dark khaki, copper and red and these Toho seed beads go very nicely. I have a few other premixed "iris" SuperDuo mixtures that I might try with this pattern but this one was my favorite.

The free tutorial for Pascale G-Mikovic's "Mystery SuperDuo Bracelet" is HERE on my blog.