Thursday, February 6, 2014

Bracelet of the Day: Duo Bobble Band

 
DUO BOBBLE BAND
  • 11/0 Miyuki seed beads "Metallic Chocolate" (11-0461)
  • 3mm druks "Jet Copper Picasso"
  • SuperDuo beads "Matte Ultra Green Luster"
  • Clasp

Today's bracelet is another of Teejay's variations of Deborah Roberti's "Bobble Bangles" pattern but this time with SuperDuo beads. They work great with this pattern and this may be my all-time favorite bracelet to make and to wear. The band is the perfect width; not too thin or too wide. It's very easy to make and the stitch works up with a soft feel to it. It's very comfortable to wear.

There is one trick to this pattern though. You have to make sure that you start and end the bracelet with the SuperDuo motif. Because of that, you might need to adjust the length by altering the clasp loops a bit or by using a longer or shorter clasp. I used a barrel magnet clasp on this one and it fits me perfectly with 17 SuperDuo motifs for a 6-inch bracelet.

You can also make this version using 3x4mm rondelles but they do affect the shape and length of the bracelet a little. They're slightly wider than the 3mm druks so they spread the stitch out a little. I only needed to use 15-16 SuperDuos when I made these with rondelles instead of druks.

I've made quite a few different color combinations of this bracelet, with druks and rondelles, which you will see in future "Bracelet of the Day" posts.


 

5 comments:

  1. that looks very expensive and very antique-y
    it looks like the sort of jewelry you would see in some old masters paintings ...very beautiful...T

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    1. Thanks to your ingenious pattern tweaks, Teejay!

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  2. I really like this version of the Bobble bracelet. I know you can't print instructions since it is a version of Deborah Roberti's pattern. I tried to figure it out and did well until the end of the first side - where you make the turn and attach the clasp. Could you tell me which you did first - the clasp or the turn? Not sure I will be able to figure it out but it was looking so pretty with baby blue superduos and blue luster firepolish. I will keep trying - I even tried to draw it on paper. Obviously I am not as experienced as you.

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    1. Hi Sandy. It would be kind of difficult to explain the procedure in a comment but I will tell you that you make the turn before adding the clasp. You basically complete the entire end motif on both sides and then go around to the end and make the loop for the clasp.

      By the way, I got approval from Deb Roberti to post this pattern but it probably won't be until after the holidays. I had hoped to have it done sooner but all kinds of things came up.

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  3. That is great news! I will look forward to it. This bracelet pattern is so pretty as Deb made it and also with the SuperDuo beads.

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