Monday, December 22, 2014

Playing with my beads...Rose and Green Samples


I recently saw the pretty "Tampa Bracelet" on Etsy, and thought I'd see if I could work out how it was made. After making one motif, I ran into a problem with my beads causing it to warp. But, I really liked the colors that I'd used in my sample motif so I went through my beading patterns to find something else to make in the rose and green color scheme. I wanted to combine both of the SuperDuo colors that I'd just gotten recently: "Polychrome Copper Rose" and "Jet Red Luster". "Jet Red Luster" isn't either black or red. It's a dark metallic green.

I actually found several patterns that called for two SuperDuo colors as well as either bicones or some other special beads that I have in either green or rose. I've got a couple more patterns to try yet but I wanted to take photos of what I have made so far while the sun was shining yesterday. Note that the "Athena Bracelet" actually calls for fire polished beads but my Chinese bicones fit perfectly. Bicones also worked very well in the "Harmony Bands" sample in place of the seed beads in the corners. Again, I used Chinese bicones so I can't say if Swarovski bicones will work or not since they're quite a bit smaller.

I've listed the beads as well as the names of the patterns below. The pattern names link to the sites where you can get the patterns. The "Dragonfly Bracelet" sample is probably my favorite but I also really like the "Harmony Bands" and "Athena Bracelet" samples. I'm not keen on the bicones in the "India" sample. I like that pattern better with fire polished beads or druks.

Sample #1: Dragonfly Bracelet

  • 15/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457D)
  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457D)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457D)
  • SuperDuo beads "Polychrome Copper Rose"
  • SuperDuo beads "Jet Red Luster"
  • Tila beads "Opaque Matte Olive Rose" (TL-2035)

Sample #2: Athena Bracelet

  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457D)
  • SuperDuo beads "Polychrome Copper Rose"
  • SuperDuo beads "Jet Red Luster"
  • 4mm bicones "Green-Pink-Yellow - #C50" (Beads One)

Sample #3: Tampa Bracelet

  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457D)
  • SuperDuo beads "Polychrome Copper Rose"
  • SuperDuo beads "Jet Red Luster"
  • 3mm bicones "Green-Pink-Yellow" (Chinavoski)
  • 4mm bicones "Green-Pink-Yellow - #C50" (Beads One)

Sample #4: India Bracelet

  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457D)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457D)
  • SuperDuo beads "Polychrome Copper Rose"
  • SuperDuo beads "Jet Red Luster"
  • 4mm bicones "Green-Pink-Yellow - #C50" (Beads One)

Sample #5: Harmony Bands

  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457D)
  • SuperDuo beads "Polychrome Copper Rose"
  • SuperDuo beads "Jet Red Luster"
  • 3mm bicones "Green-Pink-Yellow" (Chinavoski)


4 comments:

  1. Those patterns are really pretty and the colors... lovely. I hope these new superduos become available here soon.

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  2. Lovely samples, I like the colors too, as always you are so creative

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