Friday, March 29, 2019

Harlequin Bracelet - Turquoise Bronze

  • 15/0 seed beads Miyuki/Czech "Black Bronze" (CZ55030)
  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki/Czech "Black Bronze" (CZ55030)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki/Czech "Black Bronze" (CZ55030)
  • Kite beads "Turquoise Laser Bronze Matte Feather"
  • 6mm 2-hole cabochons "Alabaster Pastel Dark Brown"

I've blogged about Norma Jean Dell's "Harlequin Bracelet" a few times before HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE. When I saw these copper and turquoise Kite beads at Queen City Bead, I had to have some. I love the colors and the etched leaf design makes them even more special. Once I had them, I realized that it wasn't going to be easy matching them up with seed beads. The best color turned out to be these Miyuki/Czech hybrid beads which are a very dark chocolatey copper.

You can buy Norma Jean Dell's "Harlequin Bracelet" pattern HERE on Etsy. You can buy these Kite beads HERE at Queen City Bead. Red Panda has the seed beads and you'll find the 15/0 beads HERE, the 11/0 beads HERE and the 8/0 beads HERE.



  1. Simply gorgeous, Linda!

    I fell in love with these very same kite beads at Queen City Beads a week or so ago and haven't seen them anywhere else. I had the same bracelet in mind for it too. Ordered some seed beads from another source to audition colorways with it but got sidetracked there and didn't get back to QCB to buy these (I'm so easily distracted by "anything shiny", and that goes double for beads, shiny or not). Was afraid they were sold out when they weren't still in my cart when I got back to it just now but she had a few left (although not as many as there were people who had them in their carts - probably because of this posting). I made a quick trip through my favorite categories and checked out with these and some other beauties from QCB.

    Thanks for sharing a beautiful piece and jogging my memory.

    Barbara H.

    1. I'm glad that you were able to get some before they sold out. What color seed beads will you use with them?

    2. I was leaning toward Miyuki metallic chocolate, maaaaayybe with a matte turquoise seed bead accent. I won't know until I see samples worked up. I must say, the black bronze seed beads are quite stunning. And since the cabochons I planned to use turned out to be candy beads instead, I might have to get some additional beads to justify shipping charges on the cabs I now have to order...


    3. Metallic Chocolate was my second choice. The color of the cabs was closer to the Black Bronze so I went with that color. I also have some shiny metallic brown cabs but I thought that the matte ones went better with the matte Kite beads.

  2. I agree with you on the matte cabs. I didn't originally care for the Czech Pastel finishes but they're growing on me, and I do find myself buying more matte beads these days. But I still have to use metallic seed beads or they just don't seem like "real jewelry" to me. LOL!


    1. I completely agree with you on the metallic seed beads. I almost always include metallics in my beadwork even if it's just a few accent beads.