- 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457)
- 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457)
- SuperDuo beads "Metallic Suede Pink"
- SuperDuo beads "Metallic Suede Gold"
- 4mm Swarovski bicones "Khaki"
I had admired the "Tampa Bracelet" pattern from Vivatutorial on Etsy for quite some time but had never tried it. Just recently I came across a bracelet for sale in an Etsy shop and it really sparked my interest. It's a variation of the "Tampa Bracelet" where the motifs are connected with jump rings and you probably know how well I like that idea. You can buy Aviva's pattern HERE and you can see Linda Smith's adaptation HERE.
I ended up making some of my own changes to the design. Although I think that bicones suit the Art Deco style of the bracelet quite well, I didn't like that they tend to cause the motif to warp because they bump against the seed beads in the center of the motif. I also have a very limited color selection of 4mm Swarovski and Czech bicones so I decided to try using 3mm fire polished beads instead. 4mm fire polished beads are too big but the 3mm ones fit perfectly. I also replaced the 3mm bicones that go between the three SuperDuos with 8/0 seed beads. They work great and save me from having to find bicones in colors that go with the other beads that I want to use. Of course that lowers the cost of making this bracelet as well. I did use bicones in today's bracelet because I happen to have some olive green ones that go well with this colorway. I'll be blogging about a few other colorways soon and I used fire polished beads in all of them.
Another thing that I changed is the shape of the seed bead embellishments. The first time I added those four seed beads, mine sat a little differently than how they look in the photos on Etsy. The point bead naturally popped up closer to the outer ends and I really liked the look. It adds to the Art Deco shape of the motif.
As you can see, I also made a matching pair of earrings. The only change was to replace the 8/0 seed bead at one end of the motif with an 11/0 bead.
STILL NO PINTEREST
It's starting to look like they've abandoned Pinterest and aren't going to fix it. It apparently works when visiting other peoples' boards but doesn't work when you view your own boards. That pretty much makes Pinterest useless to me. I'll give them a few more days to fix it before I stop bothering to add any new photos from my blog.
Does anyone know of a good alternative for Pinterest? I'd hate to have to switch to something else though and have to find all of my pins again.
UPDATE: I'm very happy to report that sometime late this afternoon, they finally fixed the problem with Pinterest!!!