Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Layered Tila Earrings - Steel Blue


LAYERED TILA EARRINGS
  • 15/0 seed beads Miyuki "Duracoat Galvanized Pewter" (D4222)
  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Duracoat Galvanized Pewter" (D4222)
  • Tila beads "Metallic Steel Gray-Blue" (TL-2064)
  • 3mm fire polished beads "Black Diamond Luster"
  • 4mm fire polished beads "Sapphire Celsian"

I made these earrings to go with my "Tallulah Tila" bracelet. They're adapted from the "Layered Tila Bracelet" pattern by MyAmari. You can get the free pattern from her Craftsy shop, HERE. I blogged about the bracelet on April 2, HERE


UPDATE: Yvonne King's (MyAmari) "Layered Tila Bracelet" pattern is now available from her blog HERE.

You can download the free "Tallulah Tila Bracelet" pattern from the link on the right hand side of my blog where it says "Free Beading Patterns".

TALLULAH TILA BRACELET



19 comments:

  1. I love these colors! Very pretty. You have such a good eye for color combinations!

    Did you use Fireline for these? I was looking for Fireline last night. Last time I bought it was in the fishing dept. since the prices are better. A sporting goods store and Walmart didn't have it any more. Do you know if they are not making it any more or is it hard to find now?

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    1. Thanks, Sandy. I wrote a note on my pattern not to use FireLine for the earrings. It's too thin and doesn't give the earrings enough structure. I use Nymo D when I make them and I have no trouble getting through the beads when I use a size 12 needle.

      I've never had any luck finding FireLine in anything but green in the fishing department at Walmart or the online sporting goods stores. You'll have no trouble finding it in local bead shops or online bead stores. They sell FireLine at Hobby Lobby in the beading department (their price is high even with a 40% off coupon) and I've also bought it from Aura Crystals and Charlene's Beads.

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  2. Fireline also available here. :) Nelly
    Try copying and pasting this link...if not you can go to their website and search Fireline.

    http://www.basspro.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/Navigation?storeId=10151&catalogId=10051&langId=-1&searchTerm=FIRELINE

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    1. I searched the Bass Pro site and they don't have the braided FireLine, which is what is used for beading. All they have is "fused", which I don't think is the right kind.

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    2. I just went to the Berkley website and looked up FireLine. There is no braided version for sale there anymore. It looks like they're only making that kind for BeadSmith now.

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  3. Oh so there is a braided Fireline and a fused Fireline?? Gosh I will have to check what I have! :O I have previously bought mine in 3 places, Walmart, online (Artbeads and Fusion Beads) and at a sports shop. I thought all Fireline was braided thread. Sorry but can you explain the difference of braided and fused? Thank you, Nelly

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  4. Here is the link for a Q&A on Fireline at Beadsmith; also a couple of questions below that appear there.
    http://www.beadsmith.com/fireline.htm
    Is FireLine® still braided?
    The FireLine® manufacturing process has not changed. FireLine® is braided and then fused to make it thin and strong with a smooth finish
    Nelly
    Does BeadSmith® make or own its own version of FireLine®?
    No, BeadSmith® distributes the original FireLine® that is manufactured for the fishing industry. The formula and manufacturing process has not changed

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    1. That information sure is confusing, isn't it? The last time I searched the Berkley site for FireLine, maybe a year or so ago, they called it "braided" and that's what it says on all of my BeadSmith spools as well. My husband said that braided and fused are two different types of fishing line. He said that he's heard that the fused kind tends to be more brittle than the regular braided kind and can snap under stress.

      Just to add to the confusion, I just looked at an old spool of crystal FireLine that I bought from Hobby Lobby and I can feel that it has some texture when I run my thumb nail along it. But, when I do the same thing with my newer spool from BeadSmith, that one feels smooth. My spools of smoke are both from BeadSmith and they also feel smooth. I honestly don't know what to tell you but the Berkley site no longer sells any labeled as "braided".

      OK, I read more info on the Berkley site and they have changed it, probably after what was posted on the BeadSmith site. Here's what their description says:

      "Now we are re-launching the Next Generation of FireLine! Smoother and tougher than ever with the same powerful strength, smooth handling and fast-casting you know and love!"

      I have no idea if the new kind is still suitable for beading or not. At least if you buy it from a bead shop, it will be the braided kind that says it's made for beading. I have no idea if what you buy from a sporting goods store is the same thing or not.

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  5. I only by braided fireline and there is no difference when using for beading, buying Fireline for fishing is cheaper than for beading.

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  6. Love you Style and Color Sense, it raises the patterns to a beautiful nother level!

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  7. Love your color choice. Looks so rich. I like to use Nymo thread for a few things but my go to thread for many things is Beadalon Wildfire bonded. I don't worry about the cost of my supplies because if I'm going to take the time to make a piece.....I want good products. I need all the help I can get. :-).I also only use Tulip needles. They are amazing and last a long time.

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    1. I recently bought myself a couple of size 12 Tulip needles and they are pretty great. I wouldn't have splurged except that I was ordering some beads from that site anyway and they had a coupon good for 30% off any one regular price item. Even without the coupon their price was better than three other sites that I priced them on. I bought them at Lima Beads. The regular price is $9.40 and they were $6.58 after the discount. Do you know of any place that sells size 12 Tulip needles for less than that? That size is a little hard to find. Most sites have 11 and 13 but not 12.

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  8. No.....I'm sorry.....I don't have a better price than that. That is a great price! I will keep an eye out and let you know if I see a deal. They are so popular.

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  9. I checked my Fireline. I've been using Smoke that I bought at Walmart some time ago that may have been on clearance. It says Fused. I have Beadsmith Crystal that says Braided. I've been beading a long time but not a lot of bead weaving until recently. I liked the Smoke because it was easier to work with than the Crystal. I thought maybe it was a difference in the color due to dyes or something. I didn't notice the fused vs braided. The Crystal wasn't as smooth and wanted to bend at sharp angles. I hope my jewelry doesn't fall apart with the fused! If anyone knows if the fused will hold up, please let me know.

    I did see a discussion that you shouldn't knot the Fireline - they said it would cause it to break. They didn't say if it was fused or braided or if it mattered.

    I was in a bead club where we had an instructor show us a project a month. The needles were so hard to thread that I asked if they had anything better. They had Tulip needles for 4 for 4.99 size 10.

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    1. I hadn't heard that about knotting Fireline. I don't use it often but I'm sure that I've made knots with it. So far I haven't had anything I've made fall apart. Well, I did have some trouble with the beadwork getting loose over time before I learned to condition my thread.

      Yeah, I noticed that the size 11 and 10 Tulip needles are about half the price of the finer ones and you get twice as many. I really need size 12's for most of my projects though but so far they've been very easy to thread. I also have no trouble threading the size 11's that Dolly Smith sent me a while back.

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  10. I also prefer buying from a bead site; however, I believe it's the same manufacturer and Fireline. It depends how quickly I need to find some...lol. I made a beautiful pearl ring for my sister. I specifically used 8lb Crystal Fireline so it would be very strong and "never" break. I have had to restring it twice now as the thread broke and I use Swarovski pearls and crystals with smoother edges. I even accused my sister for being too hard on her jewelry...lol...teasingly of course. Fireline is my go-to thread; however, I felt disappointed that 8lb broke!! I have to get to try those Tulip needles!! :) Thank you Linda and keep up the great work!! I enjoy learning on your Blog! Oh BTW, do you keep all your jewelry or do you sell it? You must have so much selection to chose from every day!! So jealous...lol ;)

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    1. I don't sell my jewelry but I do give a lot of it away as gifts. You're right. I do have a massive selection to choose from every day but it's great fun!

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  11. Beautiful colors--love the earrings!

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    1. Thanks, Yvonne. I love your pattern. It's very unusual and fun to make. I can't count how many of these earrings that I've made in various colors.

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