I first heard about DiamonDuo beads from Donna from Queen City Bead on Etsy. She asked me if I would like to try some and see what kinds of projects I can come up with using them. She sent me three colors. They are Jet, Antique Chrome and Hematite. I love the Antique Chrome the best. Donna currently has 24 colors in stock and you can buy them HERE.
These beads have two holes that go through the short ends. They're flat on the back and have a raised diamond shape on the front. They're smaller than Silky beads but a little larger than SuperDuos. Here's a photo showing them next to some Silky beads and SuperDuo beads:
The free "Crystal Cascade Bracelet" pattern can be found HERE and there is also a YouTube video tutorial for the pattern HERE.
- 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Duracoat Galvanized Pewter" (D4222)
- 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Duracoat Galvanized Pewter" (D4222)
- Silky beads "Jet"
- DiamonDuo beads "Jet"
- DiamonDuo beads "Antique Chrome"
I came up with this bracelet the other day but I haven't thought of a name for it yet. When I have a chance, I will probably write up a tutorial for it. This was my first time making a wrap bracelet but I'm sure that it won't be my last. To fit my 6-inch wrist, I made the bracelet about 20 inches long. I used a tip from Deb Roberti to roughly get an idea of how long to make it. She suggested that I connect three of my skinniest bracelets together by their magnet clasps and measure the total length, including the clasps.
Here are a few more shots of the bracelet:
UPDATE: The idea never occurred to me until my cousin asked me if this would work as a necklace. So, I put it around my neck and it's the perfect length. There is only a slight problem where the beads in the front sometimes flip up a little because they don't want to curve properly. It doesn't look bad though.