Monday, October 16, 2017

Tangles for Monday


All but the last tangle for today are from Pattern-Collections.com. Aline Leaf is by YuRu-Chen and the pattern can be found HERE. This one is very simple to draw but it is a little plain without the addition of color.


Dörte Seupel-Kör's Auwacka Too is also found on Pattern-Collections.com. Besides the step-out, there is a video link and quite a few example images HERE.


You'll find the Elfhat step-out HERE as well as a couple of YouTube videos. This tangle is also by YuRu-Chen. I love how the colors pop on the dark paper that I used. They look fluorescent but they're not even super bright colors.


Frunky is by Katharina Königsbauer-Kolb. You can find the step-out HERE at Pattern-Collections.com and also at Katharina's blog HERE. I'm not sure why my scanner made the aqua on the "frunkie's" look so spotty.




NUXY is by Veena Arun and you can find the step-out on her KNOT Brat blog HERE. NUXY is similar to the Jash tangle pattern that I blogged about HERE.

 

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Buta Earrings - Lila Vega


BUTA EARRINGS

  • 15/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457)
  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457)
  • ZoliDuo beads "Alabaster Lila Vega"
  • 3mm druks "Opaque Amethyst Luster"
  • 4mm fire polished beads "Opaque Amethyst Luster"
  • 3mm bicones "Purple AB" (China)

These are the pretty earrings that I mentioned HERE in yesterday's post. I found a way to make them come out flat by using 15/0 seed beads instead of 11/0 beads on either side of the 4mm fire polished beads. You might not need to do that though. It will depend on the sizes of the beads that you use. I haven't tried to make these with Toho seed beads but I think they might cause warping problems and I know that Sam uses Miyuki beads.

One other thing that I changed was that I used bicones in a different size than called for. They don't really have an effect on how the beads fit together though because of the way they sit between the ZoliDuos. I tried 4mm bicones but they looked too bulky in the space. Having said that, Swarovski 4mm bicones might fit fine and 3mm Swarovski bicones might actually be too small. I used Chinese crystals which tend to be larger. In any case, the ones I used fit perfectly and I like how they look.




You can buy Sam Wescott's "Buta Bracelet & Earrings" pattern in her Etsy shop HERE. If you're wondering how Sam came up with the pattern's name, she explains it HERE on her blog. Or, do a quick Google image search for "buta" and you'll instantly understand why she chose the name.


Queen City Bead on Etsy has ZoliDuos and everything in the shop is on sale through Wednesday, October 18th. Also, with the coupon code "Bead10" my blog readers get an additional 10% off.


 

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Playing with my beads...ZoliDuo beads


FOR YOUR EYES ONLY BRACELET
  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457)
  • ZoliDuo beads "Alabaster Blue Luster"
  • ZoliDuo beads "Alabaster Lila Vega"
  • IrisDuo beads "White Lila Vega Luster"

I saw Akke Jonkhof's gorgeous "For Your Eyes Only" bracelet pattern in her Etsy shop, HERE, and decided to give it a try.
Although this looks like a complete bracelet, it came out horribly warped so I have taken it apart. I should mention that I wasn't actually following the pattern even though my bracelet does look pretty much like Akke's photos. I didn't connect the motifs the same way she did with hers. My motifs were so wonky that I just did the quickest thing I could think of to connect them so that I could take some photos. 



You see, I wasn't really keen on the new ZoliDuo beads until I saw Akke's pattern and another one that I thought were pretty enough to tempt me to give them a try. The other pattern that caught my eye is a bracelet and earrings pattern by Sam Wescott which you can see in her Etsy shop HERE. I have Sam's pattern but I'm having some trouble getting my earrings to lay flat. I will blog about them as soon as I have some completed earrings to take photos of.

ZoliDuos are funny beads to work with because they come in left and right facing beads. Sam gave me a tip for remembering which is which. When they are right side up (they are flat on the back and rounded on the front), with the bulgy end at the bottom and the skinny end at the top, a left-facing bead will look kind of like the letter "L", so think "L" for "Left". The right-facing beads form a backward "L".


I don't have a lot of experience with them yet but my impression is that they can be fussy to work with in relation to other types of beads. After I took apart my first bracelet attempt, I decided to try a completely different thread path. This time I was successful but it resulted in a smaller bracelet and I don't have enough ZoliDuos to make one that is long enough to fit me. That's why both of my examples have a purple motif in the center. I only bought 20 left and right ZoliDuos in each color. That would have been exactly enough for a five motif bracelet except that I got a broken bead which left me short by one. The moral of that story is to make sure that you buy more beads than you'll need for your project in case of broken beads or plugged up holes.

Below are a couple of photos of the sample bracelet that came out flat instead of warped. I also connected the motifs the way that Akke did hers. The only thing that I changed from Akke's pattern was to add seed beads between the IrisDuos to cover the thread. I didn't bother to attach a clasp because it's too short to go around my wrist.



Queen City Bead on Etsy has ZoliDuos as well as IrisDuos and everything in the shop is on sale through Wednesday, October 18th. Also, with the coupon code "Bead10" my blog readers get an additional 10% off.

 

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Bracelet of the Day: Mini Bridges - Ruby Luster


MINI BRIDGES BRACELET
  • 15/0 seed beads Miyuki "Light Bronze" (457L)
  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Light Bronze" (457L)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Light Bronze" (457L)
  • Mini Silky beads "Chalk Red Luster"
  • 2mm Czech pearls "Antique Ivory"
  • MiniDuo beads "Ruby Luster"


In THIS post on Tuesday, I showed you some "Mini Bridges Bracelet" samples including two in this colorway. I did make some changes when I made today's bracelet. I switched from Toho seed beads to Miyuki beads and I made a small tweak to the pattern instructions so that I could do so. In the steps where you are told to pick up two 15/0 seed beads near the Mini Silky beads, I picked up three beads. Later, when adding the MiniDuos, I went through the middle bead in each trio of seed beads. Doing this created a little more space between the pearls and the Silky beads. It also allowed me to use 11/0 seed beads between the motifs even though the Miyuki seed beads are so much smaller than the recommended Toho beads.

Because you'll be using lots of tiny 2mm beads and 15/0 seed beads to make this bracelet, make sure that you use either 6 pound Fireline or Nymo B thread. You'll also need to use a size 12 beading needle. Even though I did this, I had to start over once while making this bracelet because one of the tiny pearls exploded when I tried to get my needle through it. I rarely have an issue with beads breaking so it took me by surprise when it happened.


You can buy Claire's "Mini Bridges Bracelet" HERE. When you buy this pattern, you'll also get a copy of her regular "Bridges Bracelet" pattern.


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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Playing with my beads...Mini Bridges Bracelet samples


Claire, from Supply Emporium, has come up with a way to make her "Bridges Bracelet" with Mini Silky beads and MiniDuos. If you buy her pattern, you get both versions for one price HERE. I blogged about the original "Bridges Bracelet" HERE, HERE and HERE. I got a few colors of Mini Silky beads back when they first came out but I've been kind of stumped for ideas to make with them. Claire's bracelet is a great way to use them.


  • 15/0 seed beads Toho "Antique Bronze" (223)
  • 11/0 seed beads Toho "Antique Bronze" (223)
  • Mini Silky beads "Chalk Red Luster"
  • 2mm Czech pearls "Antique Ivory"
  • MiniDuo beads "Ruby Luster"

I made two samples in this colorway because of an issue that I ran into while making the top sample. The instructions call for 11/0 seed beads between each motif. Although you can't tell in the photo, this caused the sample to warp. I made the second sample with 15/0 beads between the motifs and that one is nice and flat. It turns out the beads you're using can make a difference. You'll just have to try it with 11/0 beads first and see how that goes. If the stitching warps, use 15/0 seed beads instead. Of my four colorway samples, I was only able to use 11/0 beads in one of them.


  • 15/0 seed beads Miyuki "Hematite Green Iris aka Metallic Green" (453)
  • Mini Silky beads "Green Luster"
  • 2mm druks "Hematite"
  • MiniDuo beads "Metallic Suede Light Green"


  • 15/0 seed beads Toho "Gold Lustered Light Tanzanite" (325)
  • 11/0 seed beads Toho "Gold Lustered Light Tanzanite" (325)
  • Mini Silky beads "Purple Vega"
  • 2mm fire polished beads "Iris Milky Amethyst"
  • MiniDuo beads "Chalk Vega aka Amethyst Luster"

Besides the pink one above, this sample is the only other one that I used 11/0 seed beads between the motifs. I actually tried it first with 15/0 beads but it came out too wonky.


  • 15/0 seed beads Toho "Nickel Plated" (711)
  • Mini Silky beads "Green Turquoise"
  • 2mm fire polished beads "Jet"
  • MiniDuo beads "Jet"
 

Monday, October 9, 2017

Tangles for Monday


"4-Corner Corolla" is from the Fleeting Time - Just another Tangle Site blog. You'll find the step-out as well as several examples HERE.


You'll find the pattern and three video tutorials for "Danza" HERE at Pattern-Collections.com.


"Ibex" is an official Zentangle tangle. The step-out doesn't appear to be posted anywhere on the Zentangle site but I found it on Pinterest. Melinda Barlow has a video tutorial HERE.


You can find the step-out for Damy's "Spupa" tangle pattern at TanglePatterns.com, HERE.


"Telis" can be found at Pattern-Collections.com HERE. There is also a video tutorial link there. This is drawn on a grid but I like to erase the grid when I've finished drawing it and then I add some extra curly-Qs


 

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Seed Bead Lacy Bracelet - Pink & Bronze


SEED BEAD LACY BRACELET
  • 11/0 seed beads Toho "Bright Bronze" (221)
  • 8/0 seed beads Toho "Bright Bronze" (221)
  • 11/0 seed beads Toho "Matte Galvanized Peach Coral" (522PFF)

I had no trouble with the beads fitting nicely when I made my first bracelet. However, with this one, I think that the pink beads are slightly fatter than the bronze ones and they cause the inner beads to bulge out a little. I left off the picots along the outer edge this time for a different look.


Click HERE to watch the YouTube tutorial for this bracelet. Read my post about the video HERE.



I've been asked what I do differently to make this bracelet so here is a brief explanation:

1. I start by making a clasp loop and the first little "cross" of 4 yellow beads. After reinforcing this, I exit from the yellow bead farthest from the loop.


2. To make each motif, I pick up 11 yellow beads then go back around and through the bead that I started from to make a circle.


3.
I weave around this circle and add picots on either side consisting of three bronze beads each. They are the bronze beads that are circled in the diagram below, NOT the picots that stick out along the outer edge. Those will be added later.


4.
After exiting from the sixth yellow bead from the one where I started the motif, I add 3 yellow beads to form the next "cross". Every time I add another cross, I reinforce it by weaving around it once again. I repeat adding yellow circles with bronze picots and crosses in this manner for the length of the bracelet.



5. When I reach the other end of the bracelet, I add a cross and another clasp loop. Lastly, I add bronze bead netting and picots on both sides just like she does in the video. The only difference is that I circle back around through each of the outer picots one more time to reinforce them before moving on.  
 

Monday, October 2, 2017

Seed Bead Lacy Bracelet - Ivory & Bronze


SEED BEAD LACY BRACELET
  • 11/0 seed beads Toho "Antique Bronze" (223)
  • 8/0 seed beads Toho "Antique Bronze" (223)
  • 11/0 seed beads "Ivory Ceylon" (no info available)

I used Toho metallic bronze seed beads to make this bracelet but the pearly ivory beads are an unknown brand. I don't think they're Miyuki (they're too irregular) but size-wise they seem to be closer to Miyuki beads than Toho. Using slightly smaller beads for the inside color actually worked a little better than using all fat Toho beads. The beadwork seemed to be less prone to warping with smaller inside beads.


Click HERE to watch the YouTube tutorial for this bracelet. Read my post from yesterday about the video HERE.



 

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Seed Bead Lacy Bracelet - Yellow & Bronze


SEED BEAD LACY BRACELET
  • 11/0 seed beads Toho "Metallic Bronze Antique Gold" (225)
  • 8/0 seed beads Toho "Metallic Bronze Antique Gold" (225)
  • 11/0 seed beads Toho "Permanent Finish Matte Galvanized Starlight" (557PFF)

Every Friday I browse about 150 Etsy shops and 100 YouTube channels looking for new beading patterns and tutorials. Last Friday I saw a new video for a cute bracelet made totally from seed beads. The design looks kind of like tatting but with beads. You can watch the video HERE.


Of course I had to give it a try. I made a small sample using the method described in the video but I wasn't keen on the method that she used. I was pretty sure that there was an easier way to make the design so I tried using basic Right Angle Weave and some netting and it worked perfectly. If you do follow the video tutorial, I recommend reinforcing the bracelet to give it more stability. The video doesn't call for any 8/0 seed beads but I added one on each end for attaching my clasp.

I needed about 3 yards of thread and I used all Toho seed beads to make today's bracelet. I thought that Miyuki beads might make the bracelet a little too delicate. I can't say that for sure though because I haven't tried using them with this design yet. I made two more of these bracelets and will blog about them tomorrow and on Tuesday.