Monday, February 29, 2016

More Beading News - New DiamonDuo beads

These beads are so new that there is only one pattern available for them that I'm aware of. I have seen a gorgeous bracelet on Facebook but there is no mention of a pattern for it. You can see it HERE.

I first heard about DiamonDuo beads from Donna from Queen City Bead on Etsy. She asked me if I would like to try some and see what kinds of projects I can come up with using them. She sent me three colors. They are Jet, Antique Chrome and Hematite. I love the Antique Chrome the best. Donna currently has 24 colors in stock and you can buy them HERE.




These beads have two holes that go through the short ends. They're flat on the back and have a raised diamond shape on the front. They're smaller than Silky beads but a little larger than SuperDuos. Here's a photo showing them next to some Silky beads and SuperDuo beads:


The free "Crystal Cascade Bracelet" pattern can be found HERE and there is also a YouTube video tutorial for the pattern HERE.


  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Duracoat Galvanized Pewter" (D4222)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Duracoat Galvanized Pewter" (D4222)
  • Silky beads "Jet"
  • DiamonDuo beads "Jet"
  • DiamonDuo beads "Antique Chrome"

I came up with this bracelet the other day but I haven't thought of a name for it yet. When I have a chance, I will probably write up a tutorial for it. This was my first time making a wrap bracelet but I'm sure that it won't be my last. To fit my 6-inch wrist, I made the bracelet about 20 inches long. I used a tip from Deb Roberti to roughly get an idea of how long to make it. She suggested that I connect three of my skinniest bracelets together by their magnet clasps and measure the total length, including the clasps.

Here are a few more shots of the bracelet:









UPDATE: The idea never occurred to me until my cousin asked me if this would work as a necklace. So, I put it around my neck and it's the perfect length. There is only a slight problem where the beads in the front sometimes flip up a little because they don't want to curve properly. It doesn't look bad though.
 

14 comments:

  1. Lovely! I found some tutorial with the new DiamonDuo beads the other day: http://www.bijoux-components.cz/en/inspiration-and-guides/instructions/tutorials-from-rzenka
    I really like the look of these beads, too bad they're not available yet in the Netherlands...

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    1. Thanks for the link, Myrna. I've never seen that site before.

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    2. You're welcome! ��

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  2. I think your wrap bracelet is just gorgeous and it would also make a pretty single strand stacker-type bracelet. Pattern it! It's awesome!

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  3. Hi Linda,

    I LOVE these beads! Thanks for letting us know. You've mentioned both antique chrome and antique silver in your post - which one did you use for your beautiful wrap bracelet?

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    1. They are called Antique Chrome. I'd better correct what I said in my post. I have other beads that are called Antique Silver and they have a similar finish but they're not as speckled.

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  4. Adore the look of your wrap bracelet. Can't wait to try the new beads.

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  5. I really like the diamonDuo Bracelet how Buy it

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  6. Did you ever create a pattern for this bracelet?

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  7. Please do! It's gorgeous!!

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  8. Yes, please! Trying to figure it out... thinking I can do it with two needles, but I'm sure your way is easier.

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  9. I'm scrolling through my jewelry board on Pinterest looking for my next project and had hoped to make this bracelet. Passing along my encouragement to create the pattern!

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