Saturday, September 24, 2016

Bracelet of the Day: Bubble Band - Capri Blue


BUBBLE BAND
  • 11/0 seed beads Toho "Antique Bronze" (223)
  • 6mm 2-hole cabochons "Alabaster #29436"
  • 3mm Czech pearls "Antique Gold"
  • 4mm druks "Sueded Gold Capri Blue"


I wish that I had something to wear with this bracelet because it's such a gorgeous shade of blue. Since I don't, I will probably remake it as a gift for someone.

You can buy this pattern at Around the Beading Table HERE. You can get these blue druks, 3mm Czech pearls and 2-hole cabochons at Red Panda.



 

Friday, September 23, 2016

Bracelet of the Day: Bubble Band - Mint Green


BUBBLE BAND
  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457)
  • 6mm 2-hole cabochons "Chalk White Teal Luster"
  • 3mm druks "Bronze"
  • 4mm fire polished beads "Moss Green aka Chalk White Teal Luster"


This bracelet pattern is by Deborah Roberti and you can buy the pattern HERE. This colorway might be my favorite of all of the "Bubble Bands" that I've made so far. I wish that I could suggest where to buy these fire polished beads. I bought them locally and hadn't seen this color online anywhere. The bead shop had them labeled at "Moss Green" but they match these cabochons so well that you might try searching for "Chalk White Teal Luster" instead. I found some at Potomac Beads that are called "White Teal Luster" but they look a lot more yellowish. Maybe their photo is just not showing the color correctly though because they don't look teal at all. THESE "Chalk Green Luster" beads at ScaraBeads on Etsy look like they might be the same color. If you look at their photo HERE for the 3mm size in that color, they look even more like the ones that I used.



 

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Belle of the Ball Earrings - Jet & Bronze


BELLE OF THE BALL EARRINGS
  • 15/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457)
  • 3mm fire polished beads "Jet"
  • 4mm fire polished beads "Jet"
  • 6mm fire polished beads "Jet"

I'd been wanting to make myself a pair of basic black earrings that would go with a variety of outfits. I like these so well that I might have to make some basic black bracelets to wear them with. This earring design goes very well with the "Canterbury Bracelet" and I haven't made one in black yet.

The free "Belle of the Ball Earrings" tutorial can be found on THIS site.


 

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Bracelet of the Day: Jolie Band - Pale Green & Silver


JOLIE BAND
  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Nickel Plated" (190)
  • 8/0 seed beads Toho "Nickel Plated" (711)
  • 6mm 2-hole cabochons "Jet Argentic Full"
  • Arcos® par Puca® beads "Opaque Light Green"
  • Minos® par Puca® beads "Opaque Light Green"

I went ahead and tried the Arcos and Minos beads in one more color. I like this colorway much better than the one that I blogged about HERE. My husband even raved about it. He said that he likes the shape of the Arcos beads. I do like this bracelet so maybe they'll grow on me over time.

You may have noticed that I used both Miyuki and Toho seed beads in this bracelet. That's because I don't have Miyuki nickel plated ones in size 8/0. I'd like to get some sometime if I can find them but Toho's work just fine for attaching my jump rings. I just picked out two of them that weren't too long. I did try using Toho 11/0 nickel beads but they didn't work very well with this pattern so I switched to the smaller, more evenly shaped Miyuki ones.

I made a little tweak to the pattern when I made this bracelet. I wasn't happy about how much space there was between the seed beads above and below the cabochons when I added three as directed by the pattern. I found that four filled the space much better. When you make this pattern, try three first and see if they fit well with the beads that you're using. If you're seeing gaps between the beads, go ahead and try using four. Bear in mind that I'm not counting the seed beads that are next to the Arcos beads. Those are added in a previous step.


Download Deborah Roberti's free "Jolie Bands" pattern from Around the Beading Table HERE. Red Panda has Arcos and Minos beads and 2-hole cabochons. You can also get the Arcos and Minos beads at QueenCityBead on Etsy, HERE.



Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Belle of the Ball Earrings - Poppy Seed & Bronze



BELLE OF THE BALL EARRINGS
  • 15/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457)
  • 3mm fire polished beads "Pacifica Poppy Seed"
  • 4mm druks "Pacifica Poppy Seed"
  • 6mm druks "Pacifica Poppy Seed"

I recently got some more Pacifica beads in 3mm and 6mm in three colors to go with the 4mm druks that I already had. Unfortunately, they don't make this poppy seed color in 3mm druks so I used 3mm fire polished beads instead to make these earrings. I think they look fine with the 4mm and 6mm druks. They don't make this color in all three sizes of fire polished beads either so this was the best possible combination.

I made this pair of earrings to go with the "Canterbury" bracelet that I blogged about HERE. Below you can see the bracelet and earrings together. I've blogged about these earrings a few times before and you can find my previous posts by using the search box on the right hand side of my blog.

The free "Belle of the Ball Earrings" tutorial can be found on THIS site. You'll find these Pacifica beads at Queen City Bead on Etsy HERE.



 

Monday, September 19, 2016

Bracelet of the Day: MiniDuo Band - Chalk Lazure Blue


MINIDUO BAND
  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457)
  • 11/0 seed beads Toho "Hybrid Oxidized Bronze Clay" (Y864)
  • Honeycomb Jewel beads "Chalk Lazure Blue"
  • MiniDuo beads "Metallic Suede Gold"


This pattern is from Deborah Roberti and you can buy it HERE. See yesterday's post HERE for a list of sites that have these Honeycomb Jewel beads. I got the Oxidized Bronze Clay seed beads from Simply Beads and I don't think I've seen that color anywhere else. I wish that they made them in 8/0 but they only come in 11/0 and 6/0.



HAVING TROUBLE DOWNLOADING MY FREE PATTERNS?

Quite frequently, I get emails from readers telling me that they are unable to download my free beading patterns. I don't know why this is happening, but something keeps changing the links that I post on my blog so that they are no longer correct. They either lead to a "Page not found" or "This file has been deleted" kind of error or they require a log-in to access the files. That's not how I've set them up so please let me know if you have a problem downloading any of my files so that I can correct the links. I suspect that Blogger is the culprit because the sharing links are still correct on my Google drive when I check them but I see different links on my blog. 

 

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Bracelet of the Day: MiniDuo Band - Senegal Purple


MINIDUO BAND
  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457)
  • 11/0 seed beads Toho "Permanent Finish Matte Galvanized Mauve" (556PFF)
  • Honeycomb Jewel beads "Senegal Purple"
  • MiniDuo beads "White Senegal Brown Purple"



This pattern is by Deborah Roberti and you can buy it HERE. I made this bracelet with the new Honeycomb Jewel beads which are not widely available yet. Below is a list of the only sites that I know of that have them. If you know of any others, please let me know.


Eureka Crystal Beads

Goody Beads

Jill Wiseman Designs

QueenCityBead Etsy

Red Panda