Sunday, July 27, 2014

Tutorial for the "Mystery SuperDuo Bracelet"

Pascale G-Mikovic's Original Bracelet

I still don't have the real name for this bracelet, which was designed by Pascale G-Mikovic, but it's become a huge hit on Deborah Roberti's Facebook page. Pascale allowed Deb to post her photo tutorial for the basic stitch but this still left us having to guess how to do quite a few steps. At Deb's suggestion, I'm posting the basic steps that aren't shown in the photo tutorial, in particular how to turn the corners to add each row. You can click the photos to see them full size. I've only added photos to the steps that I thought required a little better explanation.

PASCALE'S "MYSTERY SUPERDUO BRACELET"
Materials:

  • 11/0 seed beads (SB11)
  • 8/0 seed beads (SB8)
  • SuperDuo beads (SD)
  • FireLine or Nymo B
  • Clasp
1. Pick up one SD + one SB11 + one SD. Slide the beads down to the end and leave a tail long enough to add half of the clasp later. Go through the other hole of the SD you just exited.

2. Pick up one SB11 and go through the empty hole of the other SD. Go across and through the other hole of the SD then continue on through the SB11 and the other SD.

3. Pick up one SB11 + one SD. Repeat this for the length of the bracelet, ending with a SD.

4. Go through the other hole of the last SD. Add one SB11 between each SD. Once you reach the end of the bracelet, go through the SD, SB11 and SD on the end. Pull the beads snug.

5. Go through the other hole of the last SD, then go through the SB11.

6. Pick up one SB8 + SB11 + SB8. Go back around through the SB11 you just exited.


7. Continue on through the next SD and SB11.


8. Pick up one SB8 + SB11. Go through the previous SB8, going toward the SD but don't go through the SD. Then go back around and through the SB11 you just exited, then continue on through the next SD and SB11. Repeat this for the length of the bracelet. At the end of the row, exit through the last SD.



9. Flip the work around and go through the last SB8
10. Pick up a SD and go through the next SB11.
Repeat adding SD's in this manner for the length of the bracelet. Add a SD on the very end after the last SB11. Go up through the SB8 on the end.
 
11. Circle around through the next SB11, SB8 and SB11 of the little "cross" of beads near the end of the bracelet. Exit through the inside hole of the SD on the end.

"Cross" of beads highlighted in red:
"CROSS" OF BEADS

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12. Go through the other hole of the SD. Add one SB11 between each SD for the length of the bracelet. Exit through the last SD.

13. Go through the other hole of the SD then circle around through the "cross" of seed beads starting with the SB11 from the previous row.
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After going through the SB8 on the end of the bracelet, go through the inside hole of the last SD going from the inside to the outside. Make sure that you're working on the row that you just added and not the row with the tail thread.
Flip the work around then go across and in through the other hole of the SD and continue on through the next SB11.
14. Pick up one SB8 + SB11 + SB8. Go back around through the SB11 you just exited.

15. Continue on through the next SD and SB11.

16. Pick up one SB8 + SB11. Go up through the previous SB8, going toward the SD but don't go through it. Then go back around through the SB11 you just exited, then continue on through the next SD and SB11. Repeat this for the length of the bracelet.  Exit through the SD on the end.

17. Repeat steps 9-16, adding as many rows as you'd like for your bracelet. Finish off the ends of the bracelet and add a clasp as desired.

Inspired by Deb's comment about using 3mm beads in place of the 8/0 seed beads, I made this little sample using a variety of 3mm beads. As you can see, the pattern works quite well with druks, fire polished beads and also with bicones.





UPDATE 3/24/15: I edited the tutorial slightly and added a few more photos to steps 6-8.


33 comments:

  1. Thank you for taking the time to do this tut and sharing it with us...it is much appreciated.

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  2. Thank you for the pattern, but how do I print it out.
    Nancy Leitner

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    1. You can copy and paste it into a word processor program such as Word.

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  3. Thank you for your time and effort. It is very generous of you and it's appreciated.

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  4. Thank For doing this Tutorial for everyone. It is so appreciated

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  5. Merci d'avoir pris le temps, gratuitement, de nous donner la marche à suivre!!!!!!!!!!!

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  6. super merci pour le shéma

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  7. Thank you so much for sharing your talent with everyone. I love this bracelet :)

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  8. Thank you for sharing! It worked up beautifully!

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  9. Thank you for a Great new way to use superduo's this is easy and so versatile love the new Idea!!!

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    1. You can thank Pascale for coming up with the idea. She gave me permission to post her tutorial with my photos here on my blog.

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  10. Thank you. I will work with Superduo first, then I think I would try Czech triangles - they have 2 holes and would add some texture, but have to be careful to use them on one side for it - what do you think? I don't have anything on my blog yet, but I'll work on it someday - I promise.

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    1. I've never used the triangle beads. They don't appeal to me for some reason.

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  11. Thanks so much....Nice work...I will try to do....Regards from Lima.PERU

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  12. I would name it Coliseum bracelet.

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    1. I can see why. It does look a bit like the Roman Coliseum, doesn't it?

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  13. Linda, Thank you for taking the time to create this tutorial, greatly appreciated.
    Mary D.

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    1. Thankfully, Pascale allowed me to post it.

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  14. how would you add a claps? What kind of clasp? can you show the work? Thank you

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    1. I haven't made one as wide as the original one but here are two posts where you can see how I attached my clasp:

      Bracelet of the Day: Mystery SuperDuo Bracelet Updated

      Mystery SuperDuo Bracelet Set - Turquoise & Silver

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  15. Thanks for this! It really helped! Gael :-)

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  16. Hi ! Thank you very much for the tutorial ! :)

    I did a little article about it in my blog here :
    http://gomemetalsmith.blogspot.ca/2016/02/tuto-teste-mystery-superduo-bracelet.html

    I really like the blue one that you made in your other article. Beautiful !

    Have a nice day
    //GOME

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    1. That's a nice article on your blog, Gabrielle. I looked at the video that you linked to and it does look the same as Pascale's bracelet except that she uses two needles to make it. Did you make yours that way or with one needle? I don't enjoy two needle projects so I avoid them whenever possible.

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    2. I forgot to mention that I love the colors that you used for your bracelet, Gabrielle.

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  17. You're very sweet to share this pattern. I know it's very time consuming. Thank you

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  18. thank you very much for sharing

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  19. I loved this design so much, I had to try it myself! It is such a beautiful bracelet and the tutorial was easy to follow. Thanks a lot! You can see my version here: http://fortissima-blog.blogspot.be/2016/12/zipit.html.

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  20. My bead group made this when you originally posted it--it was a big hit! Now that we have some new members, we are planning on doing it again at our next meeting. Do you know if anyone has tried this with Twin beads instead of super duos? Thanks for the pattern and any help with this question you can offer.

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    1. I don't think I've heard of anyone using Twin beads but why not give them a try?

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