Monday, September 8, 2014

Playing with my beads...

Today, while taking apart some beadwork samples, I came across the sample below:
I decided that I didn't want to make that bracelet but I really like the color combination of teal and pale gold. So, I looked through my patterns to see what else I could make that called for 4mm fire polished beads. I came up with two possibilities and I made samples of each. I've decided that I will make the "Crystal Tile Bracelet" to go with a top that I have but I really like the "Crystal Flower Bracelet" too so I think I might go ahead and make them both.

What I really wanted to write about in this post was about how much of a difference the color of your thread can make in your beadwork. About 99% of the time, I use black thread. But, as I think you can see in these photos, that wasn't the best choice for these particular beads. The black thread showing through and between the beads makes the beadwork look "dirty" and messy. It's much more apparent in real life than the photos show but I think you can get the idea. I have a spool of light gold K.O. beading thread that Dolly Smith sent me and it's the perfect color for this project. The samples made with the gold thread have a brighter, cleaner appearance. Although the gold thread does show a little through the teal fire polished beads, I think it actually enhances them. (Note: the fire polished beads that I used are actually teal and not quite as green as they look in these photos)

Here you can see the spool of gold thread next to the samples:

Here are more shots of the samples on a different background:

And, here is a photo of the samples with the top that I will wear the bracelet(s) with:

The top even has little rhinestones on it that are almost exactly the color of the seed beads and bicones. Both patterns are by Deb Roberti. You can buy "Crystal Flower Bracelet" HERE and "Crystal Tile Bracelet" HERE.

These are the beads that I used:

  • 15/0 seed beads Miyuki "Duracoat Galvanized Light Golden Bronze" (D4204)
  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Duracoat Galvanized Light Golden Bronze" (D4204)
  • 4mm fire polished beads "Copper Teal"
  • 4mm bicones "Light Colorado AB - #C26 AB" (Beads One)


  1. who've thought it would have made such a big difference ...

  2. It wasn't apparent at first until I studied the photos. What kind of thread do you use? Do you ever use Fireline which comes in clear? Nice project - pretty colors.

    1. It's a lot more obvious in real life but I think you can see the black lines going through the bicones. I mostly buy Nymo thread because I can get it in large spools. I use Nymo D and B. I only use FireLine when it's absolutely necessary because it's expensive. Nymo B is a good sub for FireLine in most cases because it's very fine. I only buy FireLine in black though. I bought a spool of the "crystal" once but it's really white and it showed horribly in everything I made with it. The black actually shows less than the white, in most cases, even with light colored beads.

  3. Cool post. Your photos are very informative. I can see that the thread color really can make a difference. Thanks.

  4. the thread you are using.... the gold one. Is this just a fabric thread or is it a micro braided thread? Reason for asking is that I used to use fabric thread in the past for my beading projects but the thread was becoming unreliable... fraying and breaking, weak tension. So I moved to Fireline. I know they now come in colors, but do you know if it comes in this gold color? Would you happen to have a site suggestion where I could get this colored fireline? Thanks so much for all you do here. You've inspired me many times over and this girl with time on her hands appreciates that.

    1. The gold thread is high quality Japanese nylon thread called KO. It is fray resistant and very nice to work with. I mostly use Nymo D or B thread, which are nylon, and Fireline. I'm not aware that Fireline comes in colors other than smoke and white (crystal). Well, it does come in green for fisherman but I haven't seen that color for sale anywhere.