Friday, February 5, 2016

Free Beading Pattern: Lucy Bracelet

LUCY 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)
  • Half Tila beads "Matte Metallic Khaki Iris" (HT-2035)
  • Silky beads "Crystal Violet Rainbow" (just the rose ones)
  • 4mm druks "Light Cranberry"

This is another wonderful bracelet creation by my friend Teejay. She sent me one for Christmas and I blogged about it HERE. We decided to collaborate on a free pattern so that everyone can make some of these cute bracelets. It's not easy to find nice patterns for Half Tila beads so I'm glad that Teejay dreamed up this one. I've got eleven more Lucy bracelets to blog about over the next couple of weeks and it's hard to choose  my favorites. I hope that you'll like them and be inspired to make some for yourself.

If you're looking for a great source for Half Tila beads, Red Panda now has all 107 of the colors that they come in. Click HERE to go directly to the Half Tila page at Red Panda.



Some of the beads that I used in the bracelet in the photo above might be a little hard to come by. I found the light cranberry druks in a local bead shop and haven't seen that color anywhere online. The matching Silky beads aren't that difficult to find but they are from a color mix so it might be tricky to get enough of that color to make a bracelet from one batch of beads. I just happened to get enough rose colored ones in my batch of 40 Silkies to make a bracelet in my size. I really wish that the bead manufacturers would sell some of the pretty colors that come in the bead mixes as separate colors.

The Silky bead color mix looks like this:




Click HERE to download the free pattern.


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Below are a few more Lucy bracelets to give you some color ideas:



  • 15/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457D)
  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457D)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457D)
  • Half Tila beads "Metallic Dark Bronze" (HT-457)
  • Silky beads "Alabaster Senegal"
  • 4mm druks "Chalk White Vega Luster"






  • 15/0 seed beads Toho "Antique Silver" (711)
  • 11/0 seed beads Toho "Antique Silver" (711)
  • 8/0 seed beads Toho "Antique Silver" (711)
  • Half Tila beads "Nickel Plated" (HT-190)
  • Silky beads "Opaque Green Turquoise"
  • 4mm druks "Turquoise"
As you can see, "Lucy" also looks well in bolder colors. Although they're a little pricey, I love the nickel plated Half Tilas. They go perfectly with Toho's #711 silver beads and obviously they'll also go with Miyuki's nickel plated (#190) seed beads. I don't have the Miyuki nickel seed beads in all three sizes so I used Toho beads.




 
  • 15/0 seed beads Toho "Bright Bronze" (221)
  • 11/0 seed beads Toho "Bright Bronze" (221)
  • 8/0 seed beads Toho "Bright Bronze" (221)
  • Half Tila beads "Rose Gold Luster" (HT-301)
  • Silky beads "Antique Matte Gold"
  • 4mm Czech pearls "Antique Gold"

This bold color combination is very different from the colors that I usually work with but I like it very much. I checked my closet and I've got a couple of things that might go well with this bracelet.

I actually picked out the gold Silkies from the same Crystal Violet Rainbow mix that I used for the rose bracelet but they're the same color as the Antique Matte Gold Silkies, which I also have. I thought I might as well use up some of the leftover colors.






 

23 comments:

  1. OMGoodness...so so cute. I love the colours in the first one. So pretty for the summer. Thank you so much for the pattern and the info.

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  2. A very nice pattern and so loverly in all colours.
    Thank you for that great pattern.

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  3. It's a wonderful pattern! TJ-you have such interesting ideas!

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  4. Many thanks to you and Teejay for sharing this lovely pattern!

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  5. What a lovely little gem of a bracelet

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  6. Hi Linda,
    More beautiful colours and the bracelet lends itself to all your colours. Thanks - Carol

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  7. Can this be made substituting the 15 seed beads for 11 seed beads? I cannot work with the 15 ones any longer; age, eyes, arthritis hands.

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    1. Hi Jojo. Sorry for taking so long to reply to your question but I wanted to try it before replying. Yes, you can use 11/0 seed beads instead of the 15/0. It actually looks very nice too. Whenever the pattern says to pick up three 15/0 beads, pick up two 11/0 instead. I also changed the clasp loop to three 11/0 + one 8/0 + three 11/0. The little sample that I just made came out so cute that I think I'll make a bracelet like that. If I do, I'll post it on my blog and mention using 11/0 beads as a variation. Thanks for the idea!

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  8. Do you use tiger tail, thread, or what for the beading?

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    1. I use nylon beading thread. I mostly use Nymo D, Nymo B or 6lb FireLine.

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  9. I am considering teaching this. I work at a Senior Center and have small classes of older adults who have fallen in love with beading! What are your conditions for teaching this pattern?

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    1. Hi Barbara. Send me an email using the form on the right and we can discuss it.

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    2. Hi Linda,
      I absolutely love this pattern!!! And I also love your color combinations. Thanks for sharing! :-)

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  10. Vos creations sont vraiment de toute beauté. Une pure merveille. Bravo.

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  11. I cannot get the Lucy bracelet pattern. Can you help me. Thank you

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    1. Right-click on the link above and choose "Save Link As". A dialog box will pop up asking where you'd like to save the file on your computer.

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  12. I love the bracelet, but can I substitute 4mm rounds for the Druks?

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    1. Hi Debbie. 4mm rounds are the same as druks. You could also use 4mm pearls.

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