I decided that I didn't want to make that bracelet but I really like the color combination of teal and pale gold. So, I looked through my patterns to see what else I could make that called for 4mm fire polished beads. I came up with two possibilities and I made samples of each. I've decided that I will make the "Crystal Tile Bracelet" to go with a top that I have but I really like the "Crystal Flower Bracelet" too so I think I might go ahead and make them both.
What I really wanted to write about in this post was about how much of a difference the color of your thread can make in your beadwork. About 99% of the time, I use black thread. But, as I think you can see in these photos, that wasn't the best choice for these particular beads. The black thread showing through and between the beads makes the beadwork look "dirty" and messy. It's much more apparent in real life than the photos show but I think you can get the idea. I have a spool of light gold K.O. beading thread that Dolly Smith sent me and it's the perfect color for this project. The samples made with the gold thread have a brighter, cleaner appearance. Although the gold thread does show a little through the teal fire polished beads, I think it actually enhances them. (Note: the fire polished beads that I used are actually teal and not quite as green as they look in these photos)
Here you can see the spool of gold thread next to the samples:
Deb Roberti. You can buy "Crystal Flower Bracelet" HERE and "Crystal Tile Bracelet" HERE.
These are the beads that I used:
- 15/0 seed beads Miyuki "Duracoat Galvanized Light Golden Bronze" (D4204)
- 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Duracoat Galvanized Light Golden Bronze" (D4204)
- 4mm fire polished beads "Copper Teal"
- 4mm bicones "Light Colorado AB - #C26 AB" (Beads One)