Friday, September 19, 2014

Playing with my beads...Sidonia's Bollywood Bezel

Although I wasn't terribly keen on Sidonia's "Bollywood Earrings", I really like the bezel that they're built around. My plan is to come up with a way to embellish the bezels to make some earrings. I love the original round rivoli bezel shape but I have a lot more color options in 10x12mm oval chatons. They just happen to work very well with the design as long as the beads are small enough. As Sidonia mentions in her YouTube video, which you can watch HERE, it's important to use Miyuki seed beads for the best fit around the stone. I found out while making these samples that not all Miyuki 15/0 seed beads are the same size either. I had the most trouble with the silver beads which made for a very loose bezel. The only other color that gave me trouble was the "Duracoat Galvanized Dark Gold". Oddly enough, the "Duracoat Galvanized Mink Bronze" worked fine. I guess that some colors of the same bead type must have thicker coatings on them than others. In any case, I didn't like that bright gold very much. My favorites are the "Dark Bronze" and "Light Bronze" with the later being my first choice because it shows off the detail of the bezel the best. That's the one in the photo in the bottom row on the far right. It's my favorite one of the bunch.

I thought you'd like to see how pretty the bezel looks from the side:

And here is what they look like from the back:


Here is a break-down of the beads I used in each sample (left to right starting with the top row in the photo):

Sample 1
15/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457D)
12mm Swarovski rivoli "Bermuda Blue"

Sample 2
15/0 seed beads Miyuki "Duracoat Galvanized Mink Bronze" (D4213)
10x12mm chaton "Light Amethyst"

Sample 3
15/0 seed beads Miyuki "Antique Silver-Nickel" (464A)
10x12mm chaton "Aquamarine"

Sample 4
15/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457D)
10x12mm chaton "Light Peach"

Sample 5
15/0 seed beads Miyuki "Duracoat Galvanized Dark Gold" (D4203)
10x12mm chaton "Topaz"

Sample 6
15/0 seed beads Miyuki "Light Bronze" (457L)
10x12mm chaton "Amethyst"

NOTE: Some of the chaton colors are my own interpretation of the color name and not necessarily the actual color name.


  1. I just love it when patterns give you ideas that are not really connected to the pattern so much - ideas that you can use on other projects. I will have to try this bezel.

    1. I agree Jeanie ... love this idea and will give it a try. As a newbie beader it really helps to get these great tips and ideas. I appreciate all the samples too, so I can see all the color combinations etc. It sure helps me when deciding what beads to purchase! lol