Sunday, July 19, 2015

Playing with my beads...Vivian's Bracelet

I should be working on birthday bracelets but I've been itching to figure out this pattern ever since I ran across it on Pinterest the other day. I've contacted Vivian Rodriguez to see if there is a pattern available but I haven't heard back from her yet. I couldn't stand to wait any longer and decided to give it a go by looking at her photo. If I hear of a pattern for sale, I'll post an update.

UPDATE: I've heard back from Vivian. This is her own design and she hasn't made a pattern.

Here is Vivian's original photo from her Pinterest board which you can view HERE:

HERE is the link to her Pinterest board where she posted her photo.

Because the ends of her bracelet aren't visible in the photo, I had no idea how she finished them off. Once I came up with a way to attach a clasp, that helped me see the best path to take around the Silky beads. I was determined not to have any threads going around the sides of the Silkies where they would be visible and I did figure out a way to avoid that by adding the clasp loops right at the start.

Another thing that took some trial-and-error was deciding when to pop out the 8/0 seed beads in the netting along the sides of the bracelet. I thought it might save time and thread to do that as I went along but that produced horrible results, at least with Miyuki seed beads. I haven't tried that method with Toho beads and I made my first samples with Miyuki beads. Once I'd worked out how to make the pattern, I gave it a try with Toho beads and they actually work much better than Miyuki because they're larger. With Miyuki seed beads, the stitching is a little bit dimensional. With Toho beads, the bracelet comes out nice and flat. Also, my Miyuki sample (the pink one below) is quite a bit shorter than the Toho sample (the purple one below). That will be a factor to consider when judging how long to make the bracelet. With either brand of beads, the stitching does shrink up some as you add more beads.

I like the width of this bracelet. It's not too skinny and not too wide. My samples came out about 5/8 inch wide. The bracelet is somewhat flexible with the Miyuki version being slightly stiffer than the Toho version. It has the feel of a watch band.

While I wait to hear if there's a pattern available, here are my samples to whet your appetite for another Silky bead idea:

  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457D)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457D)
  • Silky beads "Alabaster Red Luster"
  • SuperDuo beads "Red Luster"


  • 11/0 seed beads Toho "Antique Bronze" (223)
  • 8/0 seed beads Toho "Antique Bronze" (223)
  • Silky beads "Purple Velvet Matte"
  • SuperDuo beads "Pastel Bordeaux"



  1. I saw that, too. Such a lovely bracelet. You did a great job on it. I hope she contacts you.

    1. I think maybe it's her own creation or we would have seen it around.

  2. I hope you can post a pattern because it is very beautiful. A nice size and the seed beads around the silkies are so delicate. I love it but can't figure out how to put it together.

    1. It is a lovely design and just the style that I like. The pretty scalloped edge shows up best with Toho seed beads.

  3. Any luck finding a pattern yet?

    1. I thought perhaps Vivian would make a pattern for it but I haven't heard anything.

  4. I made 2 bracelets from the picture, am new to this but will try to write a pattern soon.