Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Bracelet of the Day: Claudia - Turquoise & Gold


CLAUDIA CALI BEAD CHAIN
  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Light Bronze" (457L)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Light Bronze" (457L)
  • Cali beads "Blue Turquoise Picasso"
  • Smooth SuperDuo beads "Matte Gold"

I thought I'd give this pattern a try using the smooth kind of SuperDuo beads. Claudia usually calls for four SuperDuos on each side of the motif but I had to reduce it to three per side with these fatter beads. While I like the overall look of this bracelet, I don't think that the beads fit together as nicely as they do with regular SuperDuos. I also got an odd effect where every other motif either pops up or is slightly concave and I can't force them to all go the same way. I thought about flattening the bracelet under something heavy but decided that it wasn't noticeable enough while wearing it to bother.


Download my free "Claudia Cali Bead Chain" pattern HERE. You'll find a nice assortment of Cali beads at Queen City Bead on Etsy HERE. Supply Emporium also has them in a few colors HERE as does Red Panda HERE.



 

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Liz Band & SuperDuo Flower Chain Earrings - Pink & Gold


LIZ BAND
  • 11/0 seed beads Toho "Galvanized Starlight" (557PF)
  • 8/0 seed beads Toho "Galvanized Starlight" (557PF)
  • Smooth SuperDuo beads "Jet Red Luster"  
  • 3mm Czech pearls "Gold"


Here is another "Liz Band" made with the smooth SuperDuos in pretty spring colors. Go to THIS post to download the free "Liz Band" pattern.

You'll find these pink Superduos HERE at Supply Emporium and HERE at Red Panda. The gold pearls came from Robin's Beads in the UK. You can buy them HERE.




SUPERDUO FLOWER CHAIN EARRINGS
  • 11/0 seed beads Toho "Galvanized Starlight" (557PF)
  • 8/0 seed beads Toho "Galvanized Starlight" (557PF)
  • Smooth SuperDuo beads "Jet Red Luster"

I wasn't sure if the smooth SuperDuos would work with my "SuperDuo Flower Chain Earrings" pattern but I thought it was worth a try. They work very nicely but I could only use eight of the smooth SuperDuos instead of ten like the pattern calls for. Below you can see one of today's earrings next to one made with regular SuperDuo beads. You can download my free earring pattern HERE.








Monday, February 19, 2018

Liz Band & Corundum Earrings Set - Turquoise Nebula


LIZ BAND
  • 11/0 seed beads Toho "Transparent Montana Gold Luster" (204)
  • 8/0 seed beads Toho "Transparent Montana Gold Luster" (204)
  • SuperDuo beads "Green Turquoise/Ivory Nebula Duets"
  • 3mm druks "Opaque Pastel Brown Sugar"


Go to THIS post to download the free "Liz Band" pattern.



CORUNDUM EARRINGS
  • 11/0 seed beads Toho "Transparent Montana Gold Luster" (204)
  • 8/0 seed beads Toho "Transparent Montana Gold Luster" (204)
  • SuperDuo beads "Green Turquoise/Ivory Nebula Duets"
  • SuperDuo beads "Pearl Coat Brown Sugar aka Pastel Brown Cocoa"

These earrings were designed by Kelly Dale and you can watch her YouTube tutorial HERE. Or, you can buy the pattern HERE in her Etsy shop. I tried to make a pair of "Bethany Earrings" to go with today's bracelet but the Toho seed beads are too big and they made the earring come out warped. Kelly's pattern is great though because these earrings can also be made with two SuperDuo colors.





 

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Bracelet of the Day: Liz Band - Montana & Maroon


LIZ BAND
  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Duracoat Pewter" (4222)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Duracoat Pewter" (4222)
  • Mini DiamonDuo beads "Pastel Montana"
  • 3mm druks "Matte Metallic Amethyst Luster"


Once again, I used Mini DiamonDuos to make this "Liz Band". The druks that I used are a maroon color with spots of a blue on them. They're available at Aura Crystals, Artbeads.com and Red Panda. Queen City Bead on Etsy has the Mini DiamonDuos.

Go to THIS post to download the free "Liz Band" pattern.



 

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Bracelet of the Day: Liz - Matte Gold & Ruby


LIZ BAND
  • 11/0 seed beads Toho "Antique Bronze" (223)
  • 8/0 seed beads Toho "Antique Bronze" (223)
  • Mini DiamonDuo beads "Matte Gold"
  • 3mm fire polished beads "Ruby"


I used Mini DiamonDuo beads to make this elegant colorway. They are available HERE at Queen City Bead. I'm not sure where I got the ruby fire polished beads but Supply Emporium has them HERE and Aura Crystals has them HERE.

Go to THIS post to download the free "Liz Band" pattern.



 

Friday, February 16, 2018

Bracelet of the Day: Liz - Turquoise Picasso


LIZ BAND
  • 11/0 seed beads Toho "Antique Bronze" (223)
  • 8/0 seed beads Toho "Antique Bronze" (223)
  • Smooth SuperDuo beads "Blue Turquoise Picasso"
  • 3mm fire polished beads "Matte Milky Pink Picasso"


The smooth outline kind of SuperDuos work perfectly with this pattern. 


Despite being called "Matte Milky Pink Picasso", these fire polished beads aren't even remotely pink. They're a golden beige. I got the fire polished beads HERE at Aura Crystals. Unless the dye lot has changed dramatically, they don't look nearly as dark as their photo. 

There is no photo on the page, but you can buy the smooth SuperDuos HERE at Red Panda. I got mine from Supply Emporium but she is out of this color at the moment. THIS color that goes by the same name would also work in this colorway. It's just a lighter turquoise and the beads don't have quite as much yellow "Picasso" on them as the ones that I used.

Go to THIS post to download the free "Liz Band" pattern.



 

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Free Beading Pattern - Liz Band


"Liz Band" is a variation of Teejay's "Lizbeth Band", which is also a free pattern. Instead of the little arches of seed beads on each motif, the beads form points. While making some new colorways in preparation for the release of this pattern, I discovered that the new Mini DiamonDuos work just as well as SuperDuos. I blogged about it HERE. All of the bracelets in this post were made a few years ago. 

As I did with "Lizbeth", I will post some new colorways a day at a time over the next week or so. You'll find the download link at the bottom of this post.


  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Duracoat Pewter" (D4222)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Duracoat Pewter" (D4222)
  • 11/0 seed beads Toho "Higher Metallic Matte Blue Haze" (512F)
  • SuperDuo beads "Gold Matte"
  • 3mm fire polished beads "Champagne"

I came up with this color combination by accident while trying something and I love it. Who would have thought that mixing silver with gold could look so pretty? The colors blend together and give the bracelet a dreamy look that I love.



  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Metallic Brown Iris" (458)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Metallic Brown Iris" (458)
  • SuperDuo beads "Chalk Picasso Luster"
  • 3mm Picture Jasper round stone beads



  • 11/0 seed beads Toho "Metallic Bronze Antique Gold" (225)
  • 8/0 seed beads Toho "Metallic Bronze Antique Gold" (225)
  • SuperDuo beads "Opaque Purple"
  • 3mm druks "Opaque Amethyst Luster"  



  • 11/0 seed beads Toho "Metallic Bronze Antique Gold" (225)
  • 8/0 seed beads Toho "Metallic Bronze Antique Gold" (225)
  • SuperDuo beads "Opaque Light Blue Picasso"
  • 3mm metal beads "Antique Brass" (Hobby Lobby)



  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Duracoat Pewter" (4222)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Duracoat Pewter" (4222)
  • SuperDuo beads "Jet Matte"
  • 3mm druks "Jet Matte"

Click HERE to download the free pattern.

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Sunday, February 11, 2018

Blue & White Zentangles


A few days ago, I ran across some pretty Zentangles on Pinterest. They were drawn in blue and had the look of Delft pottery. I followed the links to the original sites and learned that they were made as part of a class called "Delft Delights".

This morning I did some online research to find the origins of these Zentangles. They originated in The Netherlands and were created by Marguerite Samama CZT. You can see one of her examples HERE on her blog. She was a guest writer on Laura Harms CZT's blog HERE if you'd like to read a little bit about Marquerite's project. The kit that she mentions is for sale HERE on Etsy. The kit teaches how to draw what look like a stack of plates on a round Zentangle tile. Apparently, the square tiles, like mine above, are a bonus lesson included in the kit. They feature the official Zentangle pattern called "Huggins". "Huggins" works wonderfully for this because there is enough space in each element to draw other designs.

If you're familiar with my low carb recipe website - Linda's Low Carb Menus & Recipes - you've seen my blue and white "Ming Tree" dishes. They've become almost a trademark when it comes to my recipes. Besides my dish set, I also have a small collection of miscellaneous blue and white items in my kitchen. I do have three items that are actually Delft and the others range from an English "Burleigh" mug and tea cannister, a Royal Stafford soup bowl, a beautiful Spode serving bowl and a couple of Wood & Sons large soup bowls. There are other things that were made in China or that have no logo on the bottom. I also have a collection of ten different blue and white mugs that I hang on a rack in my kitchen.

Here are a few of my blue and white treasures:

Ming Tree sugar bowl




Here are three photos from my recipe site featuring some of my blue and white serving pieces:




When I saw the examples from the Delft Delights projects online, I instantly knew that I had to try drawing some. I ran up to Michael's craft store to buy a blue Micron pen. I also found a set of four different blue pens at Hobby Lobby. I already had a lot of blue colored pencils on hand.


For the tile above, I used a vibrant royal blue pen that came from the LePen set that I found at Hobby Lobby. The pens aren't the quality of Micron pens so I can't draw quite as much fine detail with them. Although the tips look very small, the ink bleeds out as you're drawing with them. This color is perfect for the Delft effect though.

It was quite a challenge to come up with sixteen different designs to draw on each of the "Huggins" components. I used Zentangle patterns on some of them but I also came up with some out of my head or from ideas that I got online.


I used a royal blue Micron pen to draw the tile above. I used most of the same designs on all sixteen components as on my previous example. I wasn't keen on one that I'd drawn the first time so I came up with a substitute for this tile. See if you can spot it.

I found a few other examples from the "Delft Delights" project online HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE.