Sunday, November 6, 2016

Bracelet of the Day: Wheely Pwetty - Mint Chocolate

  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Metallic Chocolate" (461)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Metallic Chocolate" (461)
  • Silky beads "Jet Bronze"
  • 6mm Wheel beads "Chalk Blue Glaze"
  • 4mm druks "Dark Brown aka Dark Bronze aka Jet Bronze"
  • 4mm druks "Opaque Blue Luster aka Opaque Green Luster"
  • O-Beads "Opaque Green Luster"
  • SuperDuo beads "Dark Bronze aka Jet Bronze"

This is the third of the five colorways that I've made using this pattern. Read my first post about it HERE.

Buy Carole's pattern in her Etsy shop, HERE. You can get Wheel beads at Supply Emporium on Etsy and also at Red Panda.


I was asked the other day in the comments below THIS post if I thought SuperDuos would work instead of MiniDuos to make the Tara Motif earrings/bracelet. I went ahead and tried it and they do seem to work pretty well with a little tweaking. Obviously the motif comes out a bit larger too. In the photo below you can see the two SuperDuo sample motifs that I made next to an earring that I'd made with MiniDuos.

In steps 16 and 17 of the tutorial, I had to add three seed beads in each spot instead of two. For the final steps I tried two different things with these two samples. In one of them (the one on the right in the photo) I used 15/0 seed beads around the points as directed. In the other sample (the one on the left in the photo), I used all 11/0 beads and used just three around the points instead of the four 15/0 beads called for. I think that the all 11/0 version looks slightly better with the larger "duos" because the larger beads cover the corners a little better.

There was just one other minor issue when using SuperDuos instead of MiniDuos. Putting two SuperDuo layers back to back is thicker than the length of the Rulla beads so they stick out past the ends of the Rullas. That's not really a big deal though. The motif just looks a little more puffy.

I got to use some of the new Rulla colors that I got recently to make these sample and I really like both of these colorways:


  • 15/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457)
  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457)
  • Rulla beads "Pastel Bordeaux"
  • SuperDuo beads "Purple Iris Matte"


  • 15/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457)
  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457)
  • Rulla beads "Opaque Violet White Luster"
  • SuperDuo beads "Pink Luster Turquoise"

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