Sunday, January 31, 2016

Bracelet of the Day: Sandra Silky Bracelet - Tarnished Bronze


  • 11/0 seed bead Miyuki "Metallic Matte Bronze" (2006)
  • 8/0 seed bead Miyuki "Metallic Matte Bronze" (2006)
  • Silky beads "Tarnished Bronze"
  • SuperDuo beads "Chalk Rembrandt"

I've blogged a few times before about my adaptation of Norma Jean Dell's "Lattice Gates Bracelet" pattern. Her original pattern is made with CzechMates. I made a single row of the pattern for a narrower band and substituted Silky beads for the CzechMates. You can buy Norma Jean Dell's original tutorial HERE.

I got these unusual Silky beads from Marcia from the GCSuppliesTexas Etsy shop. She sent them as a bonus with my order and they're not listed in her shop. They don't have a name so I'm calling them "tarnished bronze". The base color is a translucent matte tawny brown and they've got a metallic coating on the tops that has been scratched off the table cut bump in the center. They have a deliciously worn out grungy look.

I tried three different combinations of beads before settling on the ones that I used in my final bracelet. Below are my first two samples. In the end, I decided that the matte bronze seed beads went a little better with the metallic coating on the Silkies than the shiny bronze beads.



TOP SAMPLE:

  • 11/0 seed bead Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457D)
  • 8/0 seed bead Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457D)
  • Silky beads "Tarnished Bronze"
  • SuperDuo beads "Bronze"

BOTTOM SAMPLE:

  • 11/0 seed bead Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457D)
  • 8/0 seed bead Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457D)
  • Silky beads "Tarnished Bronze"
  • SuperDuo beads "Chalk Rembrandt"


 

3 comments:

  1. OMGoodness....this is a winner. I so love the silky beads. I have to find them.I love bead hunting. I end up in the strangest places. :-) :-)

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    1. The problem is that Marcia didn't have a name for that color. She gets some of her Silky beads from a lesser known source in the Czech Republic and I think they have some interesting colors that the major suppliers don't have.

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  2. I love that pattern and I like the single strand better than the double. $10 is a bit much for that pattern! Yikes!

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