Friday, July 10, 2015

Free Beading Pattern - Silky Cameo Bracelet

  • 15/0 seed beads Miyuki "Light Bronze" (457L)
  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Light Bronze" (457L)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Light Bronze" (457L)
  • Silky beads "Alexandrite Blue Luster"

This pattern came about while I was doing some experiments to try and find a way to add "chains" of 15/0 seed beads on the sides of the bumps on the Silky beads and have them stay put and not slide down. This wasn't an issue with most of the "Alabaster" finish Silkies, but it was a big problem with the fatter, luster finish ones and also with some of the table cut Silkies. As long as you keep your tension tight when adding the chains of beads across the Silkies, this method should work with all finishes. When I made my first sample, it reminded me of a tiny cameo so that's what I've named this bracelet.

You should be able to use either Miyuki or Toho seed beads with this pattern but the results might be slightly different. Because Miyuki beads are smaller than Toho beads, you many need to extend your bracelet with extra jump rings as I had to do with the bracelet in the photo above. That one came out quite a bit shorter than the purple one down below made with Toho beads.

  • 15/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457D)
  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457D)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457D)
  • Silky beads "Alabaster Teal Luster"
  • 4mm druks "Green Luster"

Just for fun, I used a different connector motif between the Silky beads on the bracelet above. The instructions for this version are included in the pattern.

  • 15/0 seed beads Toho "Antique Bronze" (223)
  • 11/0 seed beads Toho "Antique Bronze" (223)
  • 8/0 seed beads Toho "Antique Bronze" (223)
  • Silky beads "Alabaster Vega Luster"

I made the bracelet above before I came up with the final version of my pattern. This version doesn't have the double layer of seed beads at the top and bottom of the Silky bead "cameos". The old version worked well in this instance but I ran into trouble when using different beads and had to come up with a way to stabilize the beadwork better.

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  1. It's beautiful. I love both versions. Thank you so much.

  2. Just beautiful. I need more silkies. LOL Thank you so much.

  3. this is my all time favourite pattern so far from ALL others
    it looks and feels like 'jewellery' and it is a good pattern to get your teeth into ...
    i am sure there are beautiful patterns out there but this one is going to take some beating for me..Teejay>x

  4. Linda I love these!!! Truly gorgeous! I will be trying these!! Thanks for sharing such beautifulpieces!

  5. I am SO glad I've stumbled upon your site !!!!!!!! Everything is so BEAUTIFUL. The color combinations you use are what I'm looking for. I'm very new to beading. It always seemed too 'involved' to me. Thank you for the patterns, pictures, and your site. This is also the first time I've been compelled to comment for anything !! Looking forward to trying these out. Thanks again !!

  6. Love this. It is so simple but elegant.