Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Playing with my Beads...Silky Stacker with Candy Beads

The 8mm Candy beads work great with Deborah Roberti's free "Silky Stacker" pattern and no adjustments are needed.


  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457)
  • 8mm 2-hole Candy beads "Pastel Bordeaux"
  • SuperDuo beads "Matte Purple Iris"

You'll find these 8mm Candy beads at Queen City Bead on Etsy HERE. You can download the free bracelet pattern at Around the Beading Table HERE.

 

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Playing with my Beads...Camille Variation with Candy Beads

I love making this bracelet with Silky beads but it also looks nice with these 8mm Candy beads. I made some samples in two colorways:


  • 15/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457)
  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457)
  • 8mm 2-hole Candy beads "Pastel Montana Blue"
  • Kheops par Puca beads "Montana Blue"
  • 4mm bicones "Ink Blue AB" (Chinese)


  • 15/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457)
  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457)
  • 8mm 2-hole Candy beads "Jet"
  • 4mm bicones "Jet Hematite - #C36" (Beads One)

You'll find these 8mm Candy beads at Queen City Bead on Etsy HERE. You can buy Puca's original "Camille" pattern in her Etsy shop HERE.


Monday, August 22, 2016

Playing with my Beads...Little Ditties with Candy Beads

This was my first time trying Deb Roberti's free "Little Ditties" bracelet pattern. The Candy beads are perfect for this pattern because they're a little larger than the 2-hole beads that the pattern calls for. I think that the larger size suites the scale of the SuperDuo motifs better. No changes to the pattern are necessary when using Candy beads.


  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457)
  • 8mm 2-hole Candy beads "Jet"
  • SuperDuo beads "Polychrome Denim Blue"
  • 3mm druks "Bronze"


  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457)
  • 8mm 2-hole Candy beads "Chalk Lumi Green"
  • SuperDuo beads "Blue Turquoise Bronze Picasso"
  • 3mm fire polished beads "Transparent Green Luster"

You'll find these 8mm Candy beads at Queen City Bead on Etsy HERE. Download the free bracelet pattern from Around the Beading Table HERE.

 

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Playing with my Beads...Sandra Silky with Candy Beads

I've blogged about my adaptation of Norma Jean Dell's "Lattice Gates Bracelet" pattern many times. I normally used Silky beads but you can see that 8mm Candy beads work great too. For one of my samples below, I tried some of those smooth SuperDuo beads that just happened to be exactly the same color as the Candy beads and they work just as well as the regular tapered kind. You'll find these smooth SuperDuos at Red Panda HERE.

  • 11/0 seed beads Toho "Galvanized Carnival" (513)
  • 8/0 seed beads Toho "Galvanized Carnival" (513)
  • 8mm 2-hole Candy beads "Matte Golden Olive"
  • SuperDuo beads "Matte Golden Olive"



  • 11/0 seed beads Toho "Galvanized Carnival" (513)
  • 8/0 seed beads Toho "Galvanized Carnival" (513)
  • 8mm 2-hole Candy beads "Matte Golden Olive"
  • SuperDuo beads "Chalk Lazure Red"



  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457)
  • 8mm 2-hole Candy beads "Light Blue Travertine"
  • SuperDuo beads "Yellow Dark Travertin"



  • 11/0 seed beads Toho "Nickel Plated" (711)
  • 8/0 seed beads Toho "Nickel Plated" (711)
  • 8mm 2-hole Candy beads "Montana Blue"
  • SuperDuo beads "Opaque Violet White Luster"

You'll find these 8mm Candy beads at Queen City Bead on Etsy HERE. You can buy Norma Jean Dell's original "Lattice Gates Bracelet" pattern on Etsy HERE.

 

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Playing with my Beads...Ivy Bracelet with Candy Beads


  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457)
  • 8mm 2-hole Candy beads "Chalk Lumi Green"
  • 4mm druks "Bronze"
  • SuperDuo beads "Opaque Green Senegal Matte"
  • O-Beads "Opaque Green Luster"

I used our free "Ivy Bracelet" pattern to make this sample. I know that most kinds of 6mm 2-hole beads work well with the pattern but I didn't know if 8mm beads would also work. They do work but I had to make a tweak. Instead of the three seed beads on either side of the 2-hole beads, I used 4mm druks. When I tried using the seed beads there, they were stretched out straight instead of forming points. That made the beadwork too loose and the druks give the motifs more stability. Even so, this version is kind of soft but I think it would be fine while wearing it. The bracelet comes out only slightly wider than when made with 6mm 2-hole cabochons but it has a bolder look because the Candy beads are much larger than the 6mm cabs.

You'll find these 8mm Candy beads at Queen City Bead on Etsy HERE. Download the free "Ivy Bracelet" pattern from THIS post.

 

Friday, August 19, 2016

Playing with my beads...Sunflower Bracelet with Candy Beads


  • 11/0 seed beads Toho "Antique Bronze" (223)
  • 8/0 seed beads Toho "Antique Bronze" (223)
  • 8mm 2-hole Candy beads "Light Blue Travertine"
  • SuperDuo beads "Opaque Olive"

Before a huge storm came through yesterday afternoon, the sky brightened just long enough for me to FINALLY take LOTS of beadwork photos. Over the next week or so, I'll be giving you all kinds of ideas for using the new 8mm 2-hole Candy beads.

This bracelet design is from a YouTube tutorial by HoneyBeads1 and you can watch it HERE. I blogged before about some samples that I'd made HERE and HERE

The pattern calls for 8mm round beads so I thought maybe the 8mm Candy beads would also work and they do. I started to make this sample using two needles as directed by the video and decided that was too frustrating. I really don't enjoy beading that way. So, I figured out how to make it with one needle and it's so much easier than with two needles, especially with the 2-hole beads that I was using. I like the Candy beads in this bracelet even better than the round beads because they're flat on the back. Although I won't use these colors, I will make one of these bracelets for myself one of these days.

You'll find a nice selection of 8mm Candy beads at Queen City Bead on Etsy HERE.

 

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Playing with my Beads...Retro Fans Earrings with Candy Beads

I've made lots of samples with the 8mm 2-hole Candy beads in the past few days but I haven't been able to take photos of them yet. Yesterday the sun came out just long enough for me to take pictures of these two sample earrings. The pattern that I used is Monika Extrano's "Retro Fans Earrings" which I originally blogged about HERE. Below is a photo of one pair that I made back in 2015 according to the pattern instructions:

Original Retro Fans Earrings

I tweaked the bottom part of the earring a little bit this time and left off the SuperDuo bead that hangs down in the center. I like how that looks and there are no SuperDuo holes left open. Instead of adding a SuperDuo in the center at the bottom, I replaced it with an 11/0 seed bead. That seems to work fine with both Toho and Miyuki seed beads.

They're a bit snug but I managed to get the Candy beads to fit inside the openings at the top of the earrings. The tricky part was figuring out where to attach them to the seed beads in the earring by going through each of the two holes. I got the black Candy bead attached a little more securely than the gold one. The gold one looks fine but the bead is a little more prone to popping up slightly on that one.


  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457)
  • 8mm 2-hole Candy beads "Jet"
  • SuperDuo beads "Lustre Gold"


  • 11/0 seed beads Toho "Antique Bronze" (223)
  • 8/0 seed beads Toho "Antique Bronze" (223)
  • 8mm 2-hole Candy beads "Matte Golden Olive"
  • SuperDuo beads "Turquoise"

You can buy Monika's earring pattern in her Etsy shop HERE. You can get 2-hole Candy beads at Queen City Bead on Etsy HERE.