Friday, May 24, 2019

Bethany Earrings - Purple Gold Iris Set


BETHANY EARRINGS
  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Light Bronze" (457L)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Light Bronze" (457L)
  • SuperDuo beads "Purple Gold Iris Matte"


The other day I blogged HERE about this "Claudia" bracelet and mentioned that I planned to make some earrings to go with it. As you can see, I went with the "Bethany" earrings to complete this set but it was a close call. I wanted to make sure that I used a single color for the inner flower of the earrings because that makes it easier to keep from losing my place while following the pattern. I had enough of the dark greenish SuperDuos in the iris mix to use in the centers. I got very lucky though because I only had two beads to spare after making these earrings yet I was able to get a pretty good random mix of colors to surround the green flowers. I only had to use one other greenish one on each earring.




You will find a link to download my free "Bethany Earrings" pattern HERE.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Teardrop Loop Earrings in Two Colorways


  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Matte Metallic Patina" (2008)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Matte Metallic Patina" (2008)


For information about these earrings, read my previous post HERE. I've made two complete pairs plus three more sample colorways that you can see down below.



  • 11/0 seed beads Toho "Gilded Marble Turquoise" (1703)
  • 8/0 seed beads Toho "Galvanized Carnival" (513)

The closest 8/0 bead color that I had to match the gold in the gilded marble 11/0 beads was one of the colors that comes in the carnival mix. As far as I know, Toho doesn't sell that shade of gold as just a single color.



Here are the sample earrings...



  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki/Czech "Opaque White Lila Gold Luster" (15695)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki/Czech "Opaque White Lila Gold Luster" (15695)


  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Teal Picasso" (4516)
  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Rose Enamel" (372)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Teal Picasso" (4516)


  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki Union beads "Opaque Blue Luster" (65431P)
  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki Union beads "Opaque Blue Luster" (65431P)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Light Bronze" (457L)
 

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Claudia Bracelet - Purple Gold Iris


CLAUDIA CALI BEAD CHAIN
  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Light Bronze" (457L)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Light Bronze" (457L)
  • Cali beads "Dark Gold Rainbow"
  • SuperDuo beads "Purple Gold Iris Matte"

I have made and blogged about almost twenty "Claudia" bracelets since I first created the pattern about two years ago. I thought I had pretty much every color of Cali beads that I like until I saw these in a local bead shop. Since then I have gotten one more color that I didn't have but I haven't made a bracelet with those beads yet. I only know of a few other bracelet patterns that call for Cali beads but I especially love making and wearing this one.

I plan to make a pair of matching earrings and will show you the set once I've done that. I'm not sure yet which earring pattern I will use but it will likely be either "Corundum Earrings" or "Bethany Earrings".


Download my free "Claudia Cali Bead Chain" pattern from THIS post.



 

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Bisaneta Bracelet with Samos Beads - Turquoise & Violet


BISANETA BRACELET
  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Light Bronze" (457L)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Light Bronze" (457L)
  • Samos® par Puca® beads "Violet Gold Ceramic"
  • SuperDuo beads "Opaque Green Turquoise White Luster"


This time I used Samos® par Puca® beads instead of DiamonDuos or GemDuos and they work quite nicely. Once again I left off the netting like I did on the bracelet that I blogged about HERE. I also made one other change. I used 8/0 seed beads to fill the gaps between the SuperDuo motifs instead of 11/0 beads because the Samos beads are fatter than the diamond-shaped beads. I got these Samos® par Puca® beads from Queen City Bead on Etsy.

This bracelet is based on one that was designed by someone named Bisaneta and you can see her original bracelet HERE on Facebook. There is no pattern that I know of but there is a YouTube video tutorial HERE for a very similar bracelet called "Bardot".


  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Light Bronze" (457L)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Light Bronze" (457L)
  • Samos® par Puca® "Opaque Green Turquoise Bronze"
  • SuperDuo beads "Bronze Pale Gold"

I made the sample above first to test if Samos beads would work with this pattern.



 

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Russian Leaf Earrings Chart 35 - Copper & Turquoise Stripes


RUSSIAN LEAF EARRINGS
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Metallic Chocolate" (461)
  • 11/0 Miyuki Delica beads "Galvanized Cinnamon Brown" (DB460)
  • 11/0 Miyuki Delica beads "Matte Copper Plated" (DB340)
  • 11/0 Miyuki Delica beads "Matte Opaque Sea Foam Glazed Luster" (DB374)

 
Below is the color chart that I promised the other day.  This color chart is included in the PDF file.

Click HERE to download my free PDF file that tells step-by-step when to add each color Delica bead while making these earrings. This is NOT a tutorial for making "Russian Leaf" earrings". You will need to use Jill Wiseman's tutorial (see the link below) but make them with seven rows instead of nine as Jill instructs.


Read THIS post where I explain how I finish and reinforce my Russian Leaf earrings. I also have information about how I stiffen my earrings in THIS post.

Watch Jill Wiseman's YouTube video tutorial HERE to learn how to make Russian Leaf earrings similar to these and download her free PDF HERE.


You can buy Delica beads at Red Panda, Aura Crystals, Supply Emporium and Jill Wiseman Designs.



Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Teardrop Loop Earrings Samples


I recently came across some beaded earrings for sale on Etsy and thought they were really cute. The tops of the earrings are brick stitch like the fringe earrings that I make but they're made with regular seed beads instead of Delica beads. Instead of fringes on the bottom, the beads form concentric loops. I don't know if there is a pattern anywhere for this design but you can see them HERE in Yaira Carpenter's Etsy shop. If you know how to do brick stitch, these are very quick and easy to make. If you know of a pattern for these earrings, please let me know.

UPDATE: Someone sent me a link to a free tutorial for some very similar earrings. It's posted HERE on the Caravan Beads site and they're called "Denali Summit Earrings". The earrings are a bit larger than the ones that I made but it should be easy enough to make them smaller by using fewer beads in the initial row. I used nine instead of fourteen. Another difference that I see is that the first row in the tutorial is only a single bead wide. I made a double row by picking up two beads instead of one each time when doing the ladder stitch base.

UPDATE: This morning someone sent me a link to THIS YouTube video that shows how to make almost exactly these same earrings. The one difference that I noticed was that she doesn't make a double row of ladder stitch on the top part of the earring. Making a double row helps keep the sides of the triangle from flaring out at the bottom as much. The earrings still look nice. To make a double row of ladder stitch, simply pick up two beads for every one that she picks up in the video. Treat the pairs of beads as if they are one bead when doing the ladder stitch.

UPDATE: I just watched more of the video and she does something incorrectly that results in thread showing on the sides of the earrings. When you start a new row in brick stitch, you always pick up two beads and skip over to the second thread bridge. I found another YouTube video HERE that shows the correct way to start a new row and she does her ladder stitch foundation row with three stacked beads instead of two so you can also see how to do that. For these earrings, just use two beads instead of three. I also found two more YouTube videos HERE and HERE that show how to make similar earrings. I have not watched either one.



First I made a couple of sample earrings using 8/0 seed beads like the ones in the photos on Etsy. I don't mind the large size but I'm not keen on the chunky look of the beads. The one made with Miyuki beads isn't too bad but the one with Toho beads is a mess. So, I made several samples using 11/0 seed beads instead and I like them much better. I made some with Toho beads, some with Miyuki beads and even a pair with Czech seed beads. As usual, the Toho earrings came out the largest and the Miyuki earring is very petite. The one made with 10/0 Czech seed beads is somewhere between them in size.




I made one tiny change from the way that Yaira makes hers. She uses four seed beads for the smallest loop and I've used five on some of my sample earrings because I didn't like how there was a gap in the center of the loop with four beads. I suppose that she used an even number to prevent the beads from forming a point but I don't think it's very noticeable on the tiny 11/0 earrings.




  • 8/0 seed beads Toho "Hybrid Moon Dust" (Y369)



  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Opaque Brown Tan Picasso" (4517)



  • 11/0 seed beads Toho "Hybrid Oxidized Bronze Clay" (Y864)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Light Bronze" (457L)



  • 11/0 seed beads "Bright Brown Bronze" (unknown brand)



  • 11/0 seed beads Czech "Opaque Terra Dusty Rose"
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Light Bronze" (457L)



  • 11/0 seed beads Toho "Opaque Turquoise Amethyst Marbled" (1206)
  • 8/0 seed beads Toho "Nickel Plated" (711)



  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Matte Metallic Patina" (2008)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Matte Metallic Patina" (2008)


Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Bisaneta Bracelet & Russian Leaf Earrings - Copper & Turquoise


BISANETA BRACELET
  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki/Czech "Vintage Copper" (55003)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki/Czech "Vintage Copper" (55003)
  • GemDuo beads "Copper Splash Turquoise"
  • SuperDuo beads "Bronze Copper"


This bracelet is based on one that was designed by someone named Bisaneta and you can see her original bracelet HERE on Facebook. There is no pattern that I know of but there is a YouTube video tutorial HERE for a very similar bracelet called "Bardot". The main difference is the placement of the netting along the outer edge. I actually left off the netting this time because I don't have these copper seed beads in 15/0. I also wanted a simpler look to go better with the earrings.



RUSSIAN LEAF EARRINGS
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Metallic Chocolate" (461)
  • 11/0 Miyuki Delica beads "Galvanized Cinnamon Brown" (DB460)
  • 11/0 Miyuki Delica beads "Matte Copper Plated" (DB340)
  • 11/0 Miyuki Delica beads "Matte Opaque Sea Foam Glazed Luster" (DB374)


I made the "Russian Leaf" earrings first then decided that I really needed a matching bracelet. Although the bead colors aren't exactly the same, I think they're close enough to call this a set. I like that the diamond shape of the GemDuos echoes the diamond design on the earrings.


In THIS post from last week, I showed you the sample earring on the far left in the photo above. I mentioned that I thought that the bottom point needed some work because there were too many turquoise beads there. The sample in the middle was my next attempt to fix this. While it looks better, it's still not quite right. Finally, it dawned on me that there should be a diamond shape at the bottom like you see on today's earring on the far right. I will post the color chart and a PDF for these earrings as soon as I have a chance to type up the steps.




I got the GemDuo beads HERE from Queen City Bead on Etsy. I found these copper SuperDuos at Hobby Lobby. The copper seed beads are from Potomac Beads.
You can buy Delica beads at Red Panda, Aura Crystals, Supply Emporium and Jill Wiseman Designs.