Saturday, August 19, 2017

Playing with my beads...Black & Red Fringe Earring Sample

  • 8/0 seed beads "Matte Black" (no info available)
  • 11/0 Miyuki Delica beads "Opaque Black" (DB10)
  • 11/0 Miyuki Delica beads "Opaque Red" (DB723)

My sister-in-law saw some long fringe earrings in an Etsy shop and asked me if I could make some for her but with much shorter fringe. I couldn't just make a chart from the original photo and crop off a bunch of red beads from the bottom of the fringe. The whole fringe design had to be adjusted to suit the shorter length. I got the design right but I really goofed up when I made my first sample, which is the earring on the left in the photo above. I messed up on the number of red beads in the fringe. Rather than actually count them, I saw on the chart that each strand was three beads longer than the previous one but didn't take into account that there were also more black beads in each strand. I shouldn't have added three more red beads to each strand like I did. Oops! I made the earring on the right correctly.


Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Playing with my beads...Claire's bracelet pattern samples

My good friend Claire Lee, who owns Supply Emporium on Etsy, is working on her very first bracelet pattern. It's similar to Deborah Roberti's "MiniDuo Bands" but it calls for SuperDuos instead of MiniDuos. There are a few other differences as well. Claire asked me to give her tutorial a test-run so I made some samples in the five colorways below. Claire made the bracelet at the top of this post and also the red and black one at the bottom.

Claire's pattern does not have a name yet and it is not yet available in her shop. She is in the process of working on the diagrams to go along with her tutorial. While you're waiting to buy this pretty pattern, visit Claire's Etsy shop HERE for an amazing array of gorgeous beads as well as bead packs (patterns sold separately) to make lots of popular bracelet patterns by designers from around the world.

This bracelet comes out about 3/4-inch wide and the pattern works best with Toho seed beads. My first sample below has Miyuki beads and it doesn't lay completely flat like the other four samples. I have added links in the supply lists below to beads that are available at Supply Emporium.

I love these Silky beads. They're from Claire's Etsy shop and I haven't seen this color anywhere else. I put a little faux loop on this sample. This is not how the actual button loop will look.

  • 11/0 seed beads Toho "Antique Bronze" (223)
  • Silky beads "Alabaster Red Luster"
  • 3mm fire polished beads "Transparent Pink Topaz Luster"
  • SuperDuo beads "Ruby Luster" (Pink Luster is similar)  
  • SuperDuo beads "Crystal Gold Luster"

  • 11/0 seed beads Toho "Antique Bronze" (223)
  • Silky beads "Alabaster Senegal"
  • 3mm fire polished beads "Opaque Gold and Smoky Topaz Luster"
  • SuperDuo beads "Crystal Gold Luster"
  • SuperDuo beads "Opaque Gold and Smoky Topaz Luster"

  • 11/0 seed beads Toho "Antique Bronze" (223)
  • Silky beads "Alabaster Vega Luster"
  • 3mm fire polished beads "Bronze Illusion"
  • SuperDuo beads "White Terracotta"
  • SuperDuo beads "Crystal Gold Luster"


Friday, August 11, 2017

Good article about beading needles and thread

While you're waiting for me to blog about my beadwork, check out this great article by Deb Roberti at Around the Beading Table. Click HERE to read Deb's article.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Saturday, July 29, 2017


I'm sorry for not posting anything in a while. I haven't had much time for beading lately so I don't have anything to blog about. I wanted to let you know that it will be at least a couple more weeks before I have anything to post. I will be traveling to Michigan next week. My dad is turning 80 and my siblings are planning a surprise birthday party for him. All six of us kids will be there and of course he has no idea. Two of my brothers live in Michigan and the rest of us live in Texas.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Bracelet of the Day: Bisaneta - Luster Iris Red

  • 15/0 seed beads Toho "Bright Bronze" (221)
  • 11/0 seed beads Toho "Bright Bronze" (221)
  • 8/0 seed beads Toho "Bright Bronze" (221)
  • 7mm CzechMates 2-hole cabochons "Bronze Luster Iris Opaque Red"
  • SuperDuo beads "Metallic Antique Copper"
  • O-Beads "Rose Gold Topaz"

This is another bracelet made using Bisaneta's design with 2-hole cabochons and O-Beads instead of DiamonDuos. This is an unusual colorway for me but I like it a lot. This is a hefty bracelet because the CzechMates cabs are quite heavy.

Bisaneta doesn't have a pattern for her bracelet but there is a YouTube video tutorial HERE that makes one that's very similar.



  • 11/0 Delica beads "Duracoat Galvanized Pewter" (DB1852)
  • 11/0 Delica beads "Duracoat Opaque Jujube" (DB2119)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Duracoat Pewter" (4222)


  • 11/0 Delica beads "Opaque Luster Newsprint" (DB261)
  • 11/0 Delica beads "Opaque Black" (DB10)
  • 8/0 seed beads "Matte Black" (no info available)

I also made a couple of earring samples on Monday. I've had a request for earrings in combinations of red and black. I made the black and beige sample first to refresh my memory of how the pattern is made. I blogged about Peyote triangle earrings before HERE and HERE. Read those posts for information about the instructions for making them.


Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Bracelet of the Day: Bisaneta - Etched Blue

  • 15/0 seed beads Miyuki "Duracoat Pewter" (4222)
  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Duracoat Pewter" (4222)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Duracoat Pewter" (4222)
  • 6mm 2-hole cabochons "Etched Blue Luster"
  • SuperDuo beads "Ivory Nebula"
  • O-Beads "Opaque Purple Bronze Picasso"

I used this same colorway to make one of the "Ivy Bracelet" samples that I blogged about HERE. In fact, that's what gave me the idea to try this pattern with O-Beads.

Bisaneta doesn't have a pattern for her bracelet but there is a YouTube video tutorial HERE that makes one that's very similar.