Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Bracelet of the Day: Ivy Bracelet Variation - Lavender & Nebula

  • 11/0 seed beads Toho "Transparent Montana Gold Luster" (204)
  • 8/0 seed beads Toho "Transparent Montana Gold Luster" (204)
  • Silky beads "Alabaster Vega Luster"
  • SuperDuo beads "Nebula Ivory" aka "Nebula Beige"
  • O-Beads "Oxidized Bronze Berry" (about 2.75 grams)

Once again, I made an Ivy bracelet with Silky beads. These pale purple ones go very well with the new "Nebula" SuperDuos that I bought last week at 1960 Beads. There are quite a few Nebula colors but they're a bit pricey so I only bought one kind. I chose this one because it is different than anything I have in my stash. Some of the Nebula purples are very pretty but I already have SuperDuos in a lot of different shades of purple. 

Note that the Silky beads that I used look a little too pink in these photos. They're actually pale lavender or lilac. The photo at the top of this post is the closest to the real color.

The Nebula finish is hard to describe. It's like they take three different colors and sort of smear them around on the surface of the beads. They also have a slight shimmery metallic look, or at least the shiny ones do. They also come in a matte finish. The ones that I bought are called "Nebula Ivory" (or "Nebula Beige" in some bead shops) but there is no ivory color on them at all. There does seem to be some hints of beige in certain kinds of light but they're mainly a pale bluish sage green color with hints of mauve.

Download the free "Ivy Bracelet" pattern from THIS post.



  1. Very beautiful.The colour combination is gorgeous.

  2. i agree with marge ...the colour is gorgeous and i have to say i prefer the silkies to the diamond duos with this pattern it fits better....Tx

  3. Very much love the colors in this bracelet and do enjoy the silky beads as well. Thank you.

  4. Would you tell me how much of any type bead you buy? I don't know how much to buy when I don't have an exact plan, I just like them. You know, stash building. Thank you. Jean

    1. It depends. I mostly just stock up on metallic seed beads. I usually buy them from Charlene's Beads and get at least two or three tubes at a time of the colors that I used the most. For other kinds of beads, I just buy one strand, bag or tube at a time when I see colors that I like or that I think will be useful. I don't usually buy beads with a particular project in mind. Once I've found some favorites, I might stock up on those when they go on sale just to be sure that I have enough on hand for whatever I decide to make. And, speaking of sales, I usually only try new beads and colors when they are on sale.

      If I'm buying a new kind of beads that I haven't used before, I look through my patterns that call for them and see how many of the beads I would need to make one or two of them. I then buy just enough to make one or two projects so that I can try them out and see how I like them.