|SILKY DIAMONDS 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)
- Silky beads "Alabaster Lazure Blue"
- 3mm druks "Bronze"
This pattern by designer Connie Whittaker is from the June 2015 issue of "Bead & Button Magazine". If you don't have a subscription, you can buy this issue HERE. There will also be a kit available from the Jewelry & Beading store HERE.
UPDATE (7/28/16): I just ran across a video tutorial for this pattern HERE.
I'm always on the lookout for patterns to make with Silky beads and this one is just my style. However, I ran into some problems with the pattern as written. The main Silky motifs came out very nice but the seed bead connections between them gave me fits. They wouldn't stay put and kept flipping sideways instead of sticking up and they caused the bracelet to curve. I tried quite a few different alternative connection ideas finally came up with something super simple that works very well. I think that this solution also enhances the look of the bracelet. Instead of two groups of three 15/0 seed beads between each Silky bead, I replace each trio of beads with a 3mm druk. As you can see in my bracelet above, it works perfectly.
Here is a photo of some of my experiments before I thought of using druks:
The two samples in the bottom row were made according to the pattern directions. I think that the Silkies look too crowded with those wonky seed beads between them and you can see how curved the green sample is.
The middle sample shows some of my connection experiments but I didn't like any of them.
The top sample shows how it would look with the Silky motifs turned vertically instead of horizontally. I really like how that sample turned out and I will probably make a bracelet like that sometime. I'm going to call it "Silky Cameo Bracelet" because the motifs look like a bit like cameos to me.
- 15/0 seed beads Miyuki "Light Bronze" (457L)
- 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Light Bronze" (457L)
- 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Light Bronze" (457L)
- Silky beads "Alexandrite Blue Luster" and "Jade Picasso"
- 3mm Czech pearls "Antique Gold"
Anyway, I'm glad that I thought of putting druks between the motifs. Above is my first sample made with this technique.
I love the feel of this bracelet. It's not heavy but it has some "body" because of the thickness of the Silkies. If you don't pull the druks too tight against the Silky beads, the bracelet also has some flexibility and movement. What really make the design special are the seed bead "chains" crossing over each Silky. If you recall, Teejay's "Mary Ann Bracelet" has the same Silky bead embellishment but with five 15/0 seed beads in each chain instead of four. You can read about the free "Mary Ann Bracelet" pattern HERE. As far as I know, Teejay was the first to come up with that idea because I hadn't seen it anywhere else and the magazine came out after her pattern was posted on my blog. Of course the magazine article was written long before but neither Connie nor Teejay would have been aware that the other had come up with that idea. Great minds do think alike, as they say.
TIP: It's not mentioned in the pattern but you'll need about 4 yards of thread for this bracelet. I started mine with 3 yards and had to add thread.