Thursday, October 10, 2019

Sidonia's Seed Beads Earrings - Video Tutorial


11/0 seed beads Miyuki/Czech "Vintage Copper" (55003)
11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Duracoat Pewter" (4222)
8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Duracoat Pewter" (4222)


About a year ago I emailed the link to THIS video by Sidonia to myself for future reference. I completely forgot about it until the other day when I finally gave it a try. You'll notice that I only made a single motif for my earrings so they're super tiny and very adorable. They measure 3/4" long by just over 3/4" wide at the widest point.

I've only made them in these two colorways so far but I'd also like to try making them in other colors and also with Toho seed beads to see if they will work with this design. I have so many pretty colors in Toho seed beads that it would silly not to try them.


I have one suggestion that Sidonia doesn't mention in her video. After completing the earrings as directed, you really need to reinforce them several times to give them some body. Otherwise I don't think they will hold their shape while wearing them. I wove around and around until I had used up the excess thread that was on my needle or until I could no longer get through the beads. Another option would be to brush clear nail polish on the backs to stiffen them.



  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Opaque Dark Beige" (493)
  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Light Bronze" (457L)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Light Bronze" (457L)

These petite earrings look very much like crocheted or tatted lace.



 

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Dragonfly Bracelet - Celedon Blue & Pewter


DRAGONFLY BRACELET
  • 15/0 seed beads Miyuki "Duracoat Pewter" (4222)
  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Duracoat Pewter" (4222)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Duracoat Pewter" (4222)
  • 6mm Czech 2-hole tile beads "Celadon Blue Halo Ethereal"
  • SuperDuo beads "Pearl Coat Brown Sugar"


I blogged about these "Coin Earrings with SuperDuos" HERE earlier in the year. I had made them to go with a "Crescent Link Bracelet". The "Dragonfly Bracelet" is one of my all-time favorite bracelets to make and wear so I made one to match the earrings.

I wish that I could tell you where to buy these CzechMates tile beads but I only saw them once, bought some and have never seen them again anywhere. Although they weren't labeled as such, they appear to have the Halo Ethereal finish on them. They're such a beautiful shade of pale blue that it puzzles me why they aren't readily available. They don't look very blue in some of my photos but they are definitely blue with a shimmer of gold.


You can buy the "Dragonfly Bracelet" pattern HERE from In Memory of Eridhan on Etsy. I leave off the border of seed beads along the outer edge when I make this pattern and I also make it with one needle instead of two. Read THIS post for tips on making the pattern with one needle. It's not a complete tutorial for making the bracelet so you will have to buy a copy of the pattern.




 

Monday, October 7, 2019

Bisaneta/Bardot Bracelet with O-Beads - Chalk Copper Picasso


  • 15/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457)
  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457)
  • DiamonDuo beads "Jet Silver Picasso"
  • SuperDuo beads "Chalk Copper Picasso"
  • O-Beads "Gold Matte"

You might recognize this colorway because I previously blogged HERE about an "Ivy Bracelet" made with exactly the same beads as today's bracelet. I got the idea to try adding O-Beads to the "Bisaneta Bracelet" and I think they add a pretty detail to the design. While they work just fine, they do make the bracelet a little stiff, almost like a bangle. Instead of adding 11/0 seed beads between the motifs, I had to use 8/0 beads to fill the larger gap created by the O-Beads. The SuperDuo color that I used is no longer available but Chalk Lazure Blue would be a good substitute.


There is no pattern that I know of for the "Bisaneta" bracelet but there is a YouTube video tutorial HERE for a very similar bracelet called "Bardot". The main difference is the placement of the netting along the outer edge. I make mine using a different method than the one in the video. I start by making the first clasp loop and I also add my netting as I create each motif. In the video she creates the base of DiamonDuos and SuperDuos first then goes back up and down the length of the bracelet adding the netting beads and clasp loops. The end result looks about the same and you can easily add the netting beads where Bisaneta does instead of where she puts them in the video. For more information about where the "Bisaneta Bracelet" came from, read THIS post.



 

Sunday, October 6, 2019

Coin Earrings with SuperDuos - Rose Gold Topaz


COIN EARRINGS WITH SUPERDUOS
  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Metallic Chocolate" (461)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Metallic Chocolate" (461)
  • CzechMates "Rose Gold Topaz Luster"
  • SuperDuo beads "Opaque Rose Gold Topaz Luster"


I made the "Dragonfly" bracelet below way back in 2016 and never got around to making matching earrings until the other day. You can read about the bracelet HERE. These earrings are my SuperDuo variation of Deb Roberti's "Coin Earrings" pattern which you can buy HERE. I blogged about my SuperDuo variation HERE.




 

Sunday, September 15, 2019

SuperDuo Lace Bands - Blue & Grey Picasso


SUPERDUO LACE BANDS
  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457)
  • Honeycomb beads "Hodge Podge Blue Picasso"
  • SuperDuo beads "Opaque Grey Picasso"


Although today's bracelet has the same number of motifs as the one that I showed you HERE on Thursday, Thursday's bracelet is much too long for me and this one is kind of snug. You will have to experiment to get the correct length with the beads that you are using with this pattern.

The "SuperDuo Lace Bands" pattern is by Deborah Roberti and you can buy it HERE at Around the Beading Table or HERE in her Etsy shop. I got these Honeycomb beads from Queen City Bead but she is out of this color. I did find some at Beadaholique HERE.



 

Saturday, September 14, 2019

SuperDuo Lace Bands - Lots of Samples

I made one more bracelet with this pattern that I will show you tomorrow. I was going to show you these color samples in the same post but decided that there are so many that I might as well show you these first. 

"SuperDuo Lace Bands" is by Deb Roberti and you can buy it HERE at Around the Beading Table or HERE in her Etsy shop.


  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Duracoat Gold" (4202)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Duracoat Gold" (4202)
  • DiscDuo beads "Metallic Violet"
  • SuperDuo beads "Satin Metallic Lavender"


  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457)
  • Silky beads "Chalk Lazure"
  • SuperDuo beads "Metallic Suede Gold"


  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457)
  • Honeycomb Jewel beads "Ruby Wine"
  • SuperDuo beads "Pastel Light Cream/Off White"


  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457)
  • Honeycomb beads "Hodge Podge Blue Travertine"
  • SuperDuo beads "Opaque Brown"


  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Duracoat Dark Gold" (4203)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Duracoat Dark Gold" (4203)
  • 6mm 2-hole cabochons "Alabaster Metallic Gold"
  • SuperDuo beads "Gold shine Ochre/Gold Shine Amber"


  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki/Czech "Black Bronze" (CZ55030)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki/Czech "Black Bronze" (CZ55030)
  • Silky beads "Metallic Trim Lilac"
  • SuperDuo beads "Metallic Suede Pink" and "Opaque Purple"


  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Light Bronze" (457L)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Light Bronze" (457L)
  • DiscDuo beads "Metallic Aqua"
  • SuperDuo beads "Satin Metallic Arctic Blue"


  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Aztec Gold" (55127)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Aztec Gold" (55127)
  • DiscDuo beads "Metallic Aqua"
  • SuperDuo beads "Satin Metallic Arctic Blue"


  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457)
  • Silky beads "Alabaster Senegal"
  • SuperDuo beads "Polychrome Copper Rose"


  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki/Czech "Black Bronze" (CZ55030)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki/Czech "Black Bronze" (CZ55030)
  • Honeycomb beads "Green Turquoise Lumi"
  • SuperDuo beads "Opaque Violet"


  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Metallic Chocolate" (461)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Metallic Chocolate" (461)
  • Honeycomb Jewel beads "Chalk Lazure Blue"
  • SuperDuo beads "Matte Chalk Picasso"


Thursday, September 12, 2019

SuperDuo Lace Bands - Jade & Brick


SUPERDUO LACE BANDS
  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Duracoat Pewter" (4222)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Duracoat Pewter" (4222)
  • DiscDuo beads "Matte Jade"
  • SuperDuo beads "Satin Metallic Brick"


Before making today's bracelet, I made four different samples in this colorway and chose my favorite. Below are the samples along with the bead info for each of them.



  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Duracoat Pewter" (4222)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Duracoat Pewter" (4222)
  • 7mm CzechMates 2-hole cabochons "Turquoise"
  • SuperDuo beads "Satin Metallic Brick"

While I liked the shiny finish on the cabochons, I think they are a little too big for this pattern. They caused the seed beads to go all wonky. 



This is the same as today's bracelet.


  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Duracoat Light Pewter" (4221)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Duracoat Light Pewter" (4221)
  • DiscDuo beads "Matte Jade"
  • SuperDuo beads "Satin Metallic Brick"

This sample is the same as today's bracelet except that I used "Light Pewter" seed beads. I decided not to use them because they are much too bright for the colors of the rest of the beads.



  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Duracoat Pewter" (4222)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Duracoat Pewter" (4222)
  • Honeycomb beads "Splash Turquoise Green"
  • SuperDuo beads "Satin Metallic Brick"

I really wanted to use these cool Honeycomb beads but decided that the copper on them covered up a little too much of the turquoise. You can see it pretty well in my close-up photo but not so much at actual size.

"SuperDuo Lace Bands" is by Deb Roberti and you can buy it HERE at Around the Beading Table or HERE in her Etsy shop. I got the SuperDuos from Red Panda HERE. I got the DiscDuo beads HERE at Supply Emporium. You'll find the Honeycomb beads HERE at Queen City Bead.