Monday, July 16, 2018

Corundum Earrings & Claudia Bracelet - Steel Blue & Graphite


CORUNDUM EARRINGS
  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Duracoat Pewter" (4222)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Duracoat Pewter" (4222)
  • SuperDuo beads "Antique Silver"
  • SuperDuo beads "Pearl Coat Steel Blue"

I blogged about this "Claudia Cali Bead Chain" bracelet HERE. I just finished making another one in the same colorway for a gift and wanted to make some matching earrings. I went with Kelly Dale's "Corundum Earrings" pattern because it's a simple design (as in not too fussy or delicate) and I had some silver SuperDuos that went quite well with the Cali beads that I used in the bracelet. Unfortunately, I've only seen these dark silver SuperDuo beads with black speckles in one Etsy shop that no longer sells them. I think that Deb Roberti and I bought out all that she had and she never got them in stock again.

Besides leaving off the top section of the earrings, I also used 8/0 seed beads in between the trios of SuperDuos instead of 11/0 beads. Doing this keeps the earrings from cupping as much as they normally do. As I usually do, I also added an 8/0 seed bead at the top to attach a jump ring.


You can buy Kelly's earring pattern HERE in her Etsy shop or watch her YouTube tutorial HERE. Download my free "Claudia Cali Bead Chain" pattern HERE.




"LACE PEARL EARRINGS" PATTERN UPDATED
 

Way back in February, I blogged HERE about the sample earrings above that I made using Rosina Ottolini's free "Lace Pearl Earrings" pattern. The other day she posted an updated version that now has full English instructions and brand new diagrams. You can download the pattern HERE on her blog.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Maya Earrings - Turquoise, Copper & Pewter


MAYA EARRINGS
  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Duracoat Pewter" (4222)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Duracoat Pewter" (4222)
  • SuperDuo beads "Moon Dust Turquoise"
  • SuperDuo beads "Metalust Burnt Copper"
  • SuperDuo beads "Pearl Luster"



I originally blogged about the bracelet in the photos below HERE and in THIS post from last week I showed you some "Russian Leaf Earrings" that I thought I might make to go with it. Since then, I came up with a much better idea for the matching earrings. Deb Roberti's "Maya Earrings" go great with the bracelet design and I was even able to use three different colors of SuperDuo beads to pick up on all of the bracelet colors. I'd forgotten that I had these copper SuperDuos that are almost the same color as the 2-hole cabochons that I used to make the bracelet. I made one pair of these earrings for a birthday present to go with one of these bracelets. I liked them so well that I made a pair for myself to go with my own bracelet.

You can buy Deb's earring pattern HERE at Around the Beading Table or HERE in her Etsy shop. The copper and turquoise SuperDuo beads are still readily available but unfortunately, the pewter colored "Pearl Luster" ones that I used are no longer made. You can substitute an antique silver color but they will be a bit brighter than the pewter seed beads. You can buy the turquoise beads HERE at Aura Crystals or HERE at Red Panda. Aura Crystals has the copper SuperDuos HERE and Red Panda has them HERE. Note that the earring pattern doesn't call for any 8/0 seed beads. I added one at the top of mine to connect a jump ring.




 

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Playing with my beads...Russian Leaf Samples


LEFT EARRING:
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Duracoat Pewter" (4222)
  • 11/0 Delica beads "Duracoat Galvanized Pewter" (DB1852)
  • 11/0 Delica beads "Opaque Glazed Luster Teal" (DB264)
  • 11/0 Delica beads "Galvanized Tarnished Copper" (DB461)

RIGHT EARRING:

  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Duracoat Pewter" (4222)
  • 11/0 Delica beads "Duracoat Galvanized Pewter" (DB1852)
  • 11/0 Delica beads "Opaque Glazed Luster Teal" (DB264)
  • 11/0 Delica beads "Matte Copper Plated" (DB340)

I want to make some earrings to go with the bracelet below which I blogged about HERE. I don't have any other kinds of beads in the dark copper color of the 2-hole cabochons in the bracelet except for some Delica beads.




First I made the earring on the right which has a much lighter shade of copper Delicas. The color doesn't look too bad in my photos but in real life there is not enough contrast between the turquoise and the matte copper beads. They look kind of dull and washed out. You can see it best in the photo with the earrings in my hand.

So next I made another sample earring with a darker copper color which I like better. I still haven't decided for sure if I will make these earrings to go with the bracelet because I think they're a little too delicate compared to the somewhat chunky beads in the bracelet. In case I decide to make some other kind of earrings, I thought I'd take some photos and show you my samples before I take them apart.

For more information about how I make my "Russian Leaf Earrings", read THIS post.



 

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Cupola Bracelet & Button Earrings Set - Pistachio


CUPOLA BRACELET
  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Light Bronze" (457L)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Light Bronze" (457L)
  • 12 x 12mm Pyramid Hex 2-hole beads "White Pistachio"
  • 4mm fire polished beads "Opaque Green Luster"
  • 3mm druks "Opaque Green Luster"

Sorry for not posting anything lately. I've been busy and I've also been working on some birthday present beadwork that I've already blogged about before. I took a break from my other projects on Friday and Saturday to make this bracelet for myself that I've been meaning to make for a very long time.

Today's bracelet and earrings were both made with patterns from Deborah Roberti and the bracelet pattern is one of her free ones. I bought the Pyramid Hex beads quite a long time ago with this pattern in mind. They are sold individually so I had to guess at how many to buy for my wrist size. Since the pattern calls for six, I figured that five should be plenty. Six would have made the bracelet too long but it did come out a little snug even with two jump rings on each end. If it starts to bother me while wearing it, I will remake it and somehow extend the clasp loops a smidge.


You can buy these Hex beads HERE at Red Panda. Deb's "Cupola Bracelet" pattern can be downloaded HERE at Around the Beading Table.


BUTTON EARRINGS
  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Light Bronze" (457L)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Light Bronze" (457L)
  • 3mm druks "Opaque Green Luster"

After looking through all of my earring patterns for some that would go well with the bracelet, I settled on Deb's "Button Earrings" because they could be made with the same 4mm druks that I had used to make the bracelet. I made them as directed except that I added an 8/0 seed bead at the top to attach a jump ring and I also added a druk in the center. They looked a little plain without it because I didn't use a contrasting seed bead color like the patterns shows.


You can buy Deb's "Button Earrings" pattern HERE.





 

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Bracelet of the Day: SimplElegance Bracelet - Turquoise & Pewter


SIMPLELEGANCE 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)
  • 7mm CzechMates 2-hole cabochons "Turquoise Copper Picasso"


Here is one last "SimplElegance" bracelet and I love this colorway. Once again, I used 7mm cabochons. This time I used only one seed bead color because I didn't have another color that would go with this colorway. I think it looks just as nice without the accent color. You can buy this pattern HERE in the AsszaBeadingArts Etsy shop.



 

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Bracelet of the Day: SimplElegance Bracelet - Rose Gold


SIMPLELEGANCE BRACELET
  • 15/0 seed beads Miyuki "Light Bronze" (457L)
  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Light Bronze" (457L)
  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Duracoat Matte Champagne" (4204F)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Light Bronze" (457L)
  • 7mm CzechMates 2-hole cabochons "Opaque Rose Gold Topaz Luster"


I made today's bracelet with the larger 7mm 2-hole cabochons. I did have to tweak the pattern a little to make the cabs work as I mentioned in THIS post. You can buy Assza's pattern HERE in her Etsy shop.



 

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Bracelet of the Day: SimplElegance Bracelet - Pewter & Copper


SIMPLELEGANCE BRACELET
  • 15/0 seed beads Miyuki "Duracoat Light Pewter" (4221)
  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Duracoat Light Pewter" (4221)
  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki/Czech "Vintage Copper" (01770)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Duracoat Light Pewter" (4221)
  • 6mm 2-hole cabochons "Chalk White Gold Luster"

Once again I made this pattern with 6mm 2-hole cabochons instead of druks. Read more about it HERE in my previous post. Before making today's bracelet, I made a sample with some brighter silver seed beads. I decided that they were too bright next to the dark copper so I switched to these light pewter beads. Below is my sample with the silver beads:


  • 15/0 seed beads Miyuki "Duracoat Silver" (4201)
  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Duracoat Silver" (4201)
  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki/Czech "Vintage Copper" (01770)
  • 6mm 2-hole cabochons "Chalk White Gold Luster"


To satisfy my curiosity, I also made a sample using Toho seed beads and 6mm druks. That was a huge failure. There is no doubt in my mind now that Assza used Miyuki beads to make hers. In fact, I suspect that she used the same two colors of seed beads that I used to make today's bracelet. I don't think that any amount of tweaking can make Toho beads work with this pattern. Below you can see my Toho sample:


  • 15/0 seed beads Toho "Nickel Plated" (711)
  • 11/0 seed beads Toho "Nickel Plated" (711)
  • 11/0 seed beads Toho "Hybrid Opaque Matte Lilac Luster" (Y507F)
  • 6mm druks "Opaque Luster Metallic Amethyst"

I have loads of 7mm CzechMates 2-hole cabochons in beautiful colors so I got to wondering if there might be a way to make them work with this pattern. It looks like they will work with only a couple of tweaks. I might even like how they look better than druks or 6mm cabs because you can see more of the cab inside the "bezel". To make the larger cabs work, I had to put ten 15/0 seed beads on either side of the cabochons instead of nine. Because I now had an even number of beads instead of an odd number, I only attached the pairs of 11/0 beads to two of the 15/0s on each side instead of three. No other tweaking was necessary. Below is my sample with the larger cabs:


  • 15/0 seed beads Miyuki "Duracoat Light Pewter" (4221)
  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Duracoat Light Pewter" (4221)
  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki/Czech "Vintage Copper" (01770)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Duracoat Light Pewter" (4221)
  • 7mm CzechMates 2-hole cabochons "Turquoise"

You can buy this pattern HERE in the AsszaBeadingArts Etsy shop.