Monday, July 24, 2017

Playing with my beads...more Bisaneta samples with cabochons

Now that I know that 6mm 2-hole cabochons and 8mm Candy beads both work well with the Bisaneta bracelet design, I figured I might as well try the 7mm CzechMates cabochons too. They work just as well as the others and they're a nice medium size.

While making these samples, I decided to see how it would look if I added some O-Beads to change things up a bit and I really like them with this pattern. I used them on two of the samples but I didn't have a matching color for the third sample so I left them off. I included the Candy bead sample in the photo at the top of this post for comparison with the other two cabochon sizes.

Bisaneta doesn't have a pattern for her bracelet but there is a YouTube video tutorial HERE that makes one that's very similar.

  • 15/0 seed beads Toho "Matte Cabernet" (703)
  • 11/0 seed beads Toho "Matte Cabernet" (703)
  • 8/0 seed beads Toho "Matte Cabernet" (703)
  • 6mm 2-hole cabochons "Etched Lila Vega Luster"
  • SuperDuo beads "Polychrome Copper Rose"
  • O-Beads "Oxidized Bronze Berry"

  • 15/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457)
  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457)
  • 7mm CzechMates 2-hole cabochons "Metallic Suede Gold"
  • SuperDuo beads "Metallic Suede Gold"
  • O-Beads "Metallic Suede Gold"

Note that although the cabochons, SuperDuos and O-Beads are all called "Metallic Suede Gold", they are each a different shade of the color. The O-Beads are the darkest and the cabs are the lightest of the three. This makes the colorway a bit more interesting than if they were all identical.

  • 15/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457)
  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457)
  • 7mm CzechMates 2-hole cabochons "Pacifica Poppy Seed"
  • SuperDuo beads "Bronze Gold" (Beads Parade)

These SuperDuo beads are only available from Beads Parade on Etsy HERE. I haven't seen this color anywhere else.

I have three more colorways to show you but I'm going to make them into bracelets because they were my three favorites. I've already made one of the bracelets and will blog about it tomorrow. I will make the other two as soon as I can. I think you'll love them too.


I have a new hobby, once again thanks to Teejay. She recently introduced me to Zentangle. I'm still in the learning stage because it's been many, many years since I've done any serious kind of drawing. I've been practicing in a sketch pad and also on "tiles" that I've cut from card stock. Below are a few examples of my practice tangles.

My First Zentangle


  1. Linda, thanks for sharing your Zentangle work. You're clearly multi-talented. I started it briefly last year and got side-tracked, but I think you've inspired me to pick it up again.


    1. I find Zentangle to be very relaxing. It certainly won't ever replace my beading but it's nice to have a more portable hobby for those times when I don't feel like getting out all of my beading stuff. I haven't done it yet, but I could even take my drawing stuff with me on vacation. I'd never do that with my beading.