Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Playing with my beads...Dante Earrings


I saw these on YouTube and thought they were unusual enough to give them a try. The video is in Italian but it's pretty easy to see how to make them. Click HERE to watch Francesca's tutorial. Although this pattern isn't available there, she also has an Etsy shop HERE where she sells beaded earring patterns. She has a lot of very pretty patterns so check it out. Most of them are available in English too. If you go to THIS link on her Facebook page, there is a pretty pair of these earrings that have drop beads added. She also used rondelles in that pair instead of the bicones that she uses in the video.

When I made my sample earrings, I added an 8/0 seed bead at the top of them for attaching jump rings. I also had to change the number of seed beads in a couple of spots because I used Miyuki beads. Using rondelles or druks instead of bicones might also affect the number of seed beads that you'll need.

I don't think that this is mentioned in the video but you really need to reinforce these at least once in each round or they'll be too soft. You'll especially want to reinforce the initial circle of beads several times and also the outer perimeter. As you are reinforcing the perimeter, I suggest doing a "reverse" stitch around the two lower Candy beads to help keep the netting in place. I don't know of an official name for this technique and "reverse stitch" seems applicable. To do this, weave through the seed beads that go around the outer edge of a Candy bead then insert your needle through the outer hole of the Candy bead going in reverse direction. Then, go back through the seed beads again in the original direction. This really makes a difference and sort of attaches the netting to the Candy beads. I use this technique a lot when there is netting going around large beads like this.


  • 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 "White Alabaster Pink Terracotta"
  • SuperDuo beads "Halo Persian Pink"
  • 3mm bicones "Light Topaz AB" (Chinese)

I made this pink sample first to try out the tutorial. I've decided that I don't like the way it looks with transparent/translucent beads. It just looks like a jumble of beads. These 3mm Chinese bicones are much larger than Swarovski 3mm bicones so they kind of bulge up in the center of the earring.


  • 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 "White Alabaster Vega"
  • SuperDuo beads "Chalk Vega Luster"
  • 3mm druks "Lila Vega Luster"

For my next sample, I used all opaque beads and I think this looks much nicer. However, I think there are too many purple beads and they make it look kind of boring.


  • 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 "White Alabaster Vega"
  • SuperDuo beads "Crystal Gold Luster"
  • 3mm druks "Lila Vega Luster"

This time I used mostly the same purple beads but switched the SuperDuos out with bronze ones. It's not bad but I don't think there's quite enough purple this time and too much bronze.


  • 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 "White Alabaster Vega"
  • SuperDuo beads "Chalk Vega Luster"
  • 3mm druks "Bronze"

Lastly, I switched out the purple druks with bronze ones and went back to purple SuperDuos. This sample is my favorite. It doesn't look as cluttered as the last one and everything is nicely outlined by the bronze beads.



Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Belle of the Ball Earrings - Helpful Diagrams

Belle of the Ball Earrings


I've been getting a lot of questions from beaders who are having trouble following the "Belle of the Ball Earrings" tutorial that's on THIS site. The main problem is that the earring in the tutorial photos was made with transparent beads and there is a lot of glare on them. To clarify the first few steps, I've edited a few of the photos to help you get started.

Step 1

Step 2

Step 3

Step 4

Step 5 (note path to start step 6)

Step 6 thru 8 - When adding the purple beads, you only go through the two middle red beads of each group of four and go up and around through the three outer green beads of each picot.

 

Bracelet of the Day: Canterbury - Alexandrite Moon Dust

CANTERBURY BRACELET
  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Duracoat Galvanized Pewter" (4222)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Duracoat Galvanized Pewter" (4222)
  • 6mm fire polished beads "Milky Alexandrite Moon Dust"
  • 4mm druks "Pacifica Elderberry"


These Milky Alexandrite Moon Dust fire polished beads go perfectly with the Elderberry druks. They're an unusual shade of purple so I was lucky to have something in my stash that matched them. I think that these "Belle of the Ball" earrings go very nicely with the bracelet because both pieces feature some of the same kinds of beads and both have scalloped edging.

BELLE OF THE BALL EARRINGS
  • 15/0 seed beads Miyuki "Duracoat Galvanized Pewter" (4222)
  • 3mm druks "Pacifica Elderberry"
  • 4mm druks "Pacifica Elderberry"
  • 6mm druks "Pacifica Elderberry"


You can buy Nancy Peterson's "Canterbury Bracelet" pattern HERE. You can get these Pacifica druks at Queen City Bead. You'll find the free "Belle of the Ball Earrings" tutorial HERE.




 

Monday, September 26, 2016

Bracelet of the Day: Demoiselle Bracelet - Chalk Copper


DEMOISELLE BRACELET
  • 11/0 seed beads Toho "Metallic Bronze Iris" (83)
  • 8/0 seed beads Toho "Metallic Bronze Iris" (83)
  • 6mm 2-hole cabochons "Jet Valentinite Full"
  • SuperDuo beads "Chalk Copper Picasso"
  • 3mm druks "Matte Siam Ruby Bronze Picasso"
  • 3mm druks "Green Luster"

Today's bracelet is a grungier version of Sam Wescott's "Demoiselle Bracelet" made with 6mm 2-hole cabochons. I bought these cabs at a local bead shop when they had a 40% off sale on all 2-hole beads recently. The color goes perfectly with these Toho bronze iris seed beads. Miyuki's "Metallic Brown Iris" (458) would also go very well with them. I used the Toho beads because they're larger which allows them to fill the gaps between the beads better. Both colors are close to the same except that Toho's blend is mostly browns and Miyuki's has a lot more purple beads in the mix.


You can buy Samantha Wescott's pattern in her Etsy shop HERE.



 

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Bracelet of the Day: Flutter Variation with Candy Beads


FLUTTER BRACELET VARIATION
  • 15/0 seed beads Toho "Metallic Bronze Antique Gold" (225)
  • 11/0 seed beads Toho "Metallic Bronze Antique Gold" (225)
  • 8/0 seed beads Toho "Metallic Bronze Antique Gold" (225)
  • SuperDuo beads "Metallic Suede Gold"
  • 8mm 2-hole Candy beads "Chalk Lumi Green"
  • 3mm druks "Metallic Suede Gold"
  • 4mm druks "Pacifica Poppy Seed"
  • 4mm bicones "Aquamarine Celsian"


Donna from Queen City Bead asked me if I thought that Deborah Roberti's "Flutter Bracelet" pattern would work with 8mm 2-hole Candy beads. At first I didn't think so but I thought I'd give it a whirl. As you can see, they work beautifully with a little tweaking of the version that blogged about HERE. In case you're wondering, the holes in the Candy beads are going horizontally.

The "Flutter Bracelet" pattern is from Around the Beading Table and you can buy it HERE. You can buy Candy beads and Pacifica druks in Donna's Etsy shop, HERE. The bicones are available at Red Panda.



 

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Bracelet of the Day: Bubble Band - Capri Blue


BUBBLE BAND
  • 11/0 seed beads Toho "Antique Bronze" (223)
  • 6mm 2-hole cabochons "Alabaster #29436"
  • 3mm Czech pearls "Antique Gold"
  • 4mm druks "Sueded Gold Capri Blue"


I wish that I had something to wear with this bracelet because it's such a gorgeous shade of blue. Since I don't, I will probably remake it as a gift for someone.

You can buy this pattern at Around the Beading Table HERE. You can get these blue druks, 3mm Czech pearls and 2-hole cabochons at Red Panda.



 

Friday, September 23, 2016

Bracelet of the Day: Bubble Band - Mint Green


BUBBLE BAND
  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457)
  • 6mm 2-hole cabochons "Chalk White Teal Luster"
  • 3mm druks "Bronze"
  • 4mm fire polished beads "Moss Green aka Chalk White Teal Luster"


This bracelet pattern is by Deborah Roberti and you can buy the pattern HERE. This colorway might be my favorite of all of the "Bubble Bands" that I've made so far. I wish that I could suggest where to buy these fire polished beads. I bought them locally and hadn't seen this color online anywhere. The bead shop had them labeled at "Moss Green" but they match these cabochons so well that you might try searching for "Chalk White Teal Luster" instead. I found some at Potomac Beads that are called "White Teal Luster" but they look a lot more yellowish. Maybe their photo is just not showing the color correctly though because they don't look teal at all. THESE "Chalk Green Luster" beads at ScaraBeads on Etsy look like they might be the same color. If you look at their photo HERE for the 3mm size in that color, they look even more like the ones that I used.