SILVER WITH A MARCASITE LOOK
- 15/0 seed beads Miyuki "Olivine" (15-458)
- 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Olivine" (11-458)
- 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Olivine" (8-458)
- 15/0 seed beads "Sand Luster" (no info available)
- 6mm bicones "Light Smoked Topaz - #C29" (Beads One)
I'm always on the lookout for bracelet patterns that are unique and a bit out of the ordinary and this one caught my eye. For one thing, the bracelet is made of just seed beads of various sizes and there are no expensive crystals or specialty beads to buy unless you embellish it. IndulgedGirl is selling the ready-made bracelet HERE in her Etsy shop and she mentioned in the product description that she got the pattern from Deb Moffett-Hall.
I did a Google search for "Deb Moffett-Hall", which was the only clue I had to go on, and found her website but didn't have any luck finding the pattern there because I had no idea where to look and I didn't know what the pattern was called. I gave up looking and went ahead and worked out how to make it on my own. It was a little tricky figuring out how to start the squares, and then how to connect them as I made them without cutting the thread, but I eventually got it after a few experiments. I made several samples with different "metal" colors and accent colors. Here are a few color variations that I tried:
I made today's bracelet for Teejay's birthday, which was yesterday. Before posting it as my Bracelet of the Day, I thought I'd try once more to find the pattern online. So, I went back to Deb Moffett-Hall's website, found her contact information and sent her an email last night. She replied and, sure enough, the pattern IS there on her site and it comes with instructions for the bracelet and also the matching earrings. If you go to THIS page and scroll about halfway down, you'll find it. It's called "Silver with a Marcasite Look". The pattern is $7.95 and Deb will mail the printed pattern to you.
UPDATE 4/28/17: Deb has updated her website and patterns. This pattern is now called "Marcasite Square Bracelet & Earrings" and you can buy the pattern HERE for $5.00.
After making Teejay's bracelet, I decided that I'd like to embellish it even more so I added a 6mm bicone in the center of each little square. I love how it turned out and I agree with Teejay that the bracelet has the look of being really old. I think that's because of the metallic "Olivine" seed beads that I used. They seem to give beadwork an "antique" appearance.
Of course I wanted to make some earrings with these cute little squares but I wasn't thrilled with the ones that IndulgedGirl had made. For one thing, I wanted the squares to hang diagonally so that they looked like diamonds rather than squares. That was easy enough to do but, as I usually do, I ended up embellishing them. Here's a pair that I made for another friend's birthday:
- 15/0 seed beads Miyuki "Antique Silver-Nickel" (15-464A)
- 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Antique Silver-Nickel" (11-464A)
- 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Antique Silver-Nickel" (8-464A)
- 15/0 seed beads Toho "Silver-Lined Amethyst" (TR-15-26C/c)