Thursday, December 8, 2016

Bracelet of the Day: SuperDuo Rosette - Nebula with Pewter & Copper


SUPERDUO ROSETTE BRACELET
  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Duracoat Pewter" (4222)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Duracoat Pewter" (4222)
  • SuperDuo beads "Duet Green Turquoise/Ivory Nebula Matte"
  • 3mm metal beads "Antique Copper" (Hobby Lobby)

I love the combination of pewter and copper and this combo is especially pretty with these matte SuperDuo Duets. The color is called "Green Turquoise/Ivory Nebula Matte" but they're not green or turquoise. They are a sort of grayish blue. The "ivory", which is actually a very pale copper color, is very subtle but it adds to the soft appearance.


I did something a little different this time when I made this bracelet. I wanted it to be a little wider so I replaced the 15/0 seed beads with 11/0 beads and replaced the 11/0 beads called for with 8/0 seed beads. This worked very well with these Miyuki seed beads but I don't think it would work at all with Toho beads.

Below you can see yesterday's bracelet next to today's to see the difference in the size:


 

LORETTA DECO EARRINGS
  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Duracoat Pewter" (4222)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Duracoat Pewter" (4222)
  • SuperDuo beads "Duet Green Turquoise/Ivory Nebula Matte"
  • SuperDuo beads "Jet Old Silver"
  • 4mm metal beads "Antique Copper" (Hobby Lobby)

I made my tweaked "Art Deco" version of the "Loretta" motif for the matching earrings. In my first post HERE about the SuperDuo Duet beads, I showed you two similar colorways. I didn't end up using either one but instead used pewter SuperDuos in the center of the earrings for more contrast. Below you can see the two samples that I didn't end up using:


  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457)
  • SuperDuo beads "Duet Green Turquoise/Ivory Red Luster"
  • SuperDuo beads "Chocolate White Luster"
  • 4mm druks "Turquoise Copper Picasso"


  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Duracoat Pewter" (4222)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Duracoat Pewter" (4222)
  • SuperDuo beads "Duet Green Turquoise/Ivory Nebula Matte"
  • SuperDuo beads "Ivory Nebula"
  • 4mm metal beads "Antique Copper" (Hobby Lobby)

You can buy Sam Wescott's "SuperDuo Rosette" bracelet pattern HERE. Buy the "Loretta Earrings" pattern HERE. You can buy SuperDuo Duets beads at Red Panda and Queen City Bead.




 

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Bracelet of the Day: SuperDuo Rosette - Green & Ivory


SUPERDUO ROSETTE 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)
  • SuperDuo beads "Duet Green Turquoise/Ivory Luster"
  • 3mm Czech pearls "Antique Gold"

It has been about two years since I last made one of these pretty bracelets designed by Samantha Wescott. It's one of my all-time favorite patterns and you can buy it in Sam's Etsy shop HERE


I recall that when I first bought the pattern it was hard to find 3mm druks in very many colors. I suspect that my blog increased the demand for them because more bead sites started selling this size. For a while there were lots of interesting colors available in 3mm but I've noticed that the selection is gradually dwindling again. They seem to be pushing 2mm druks and pearls and cutting back on the 3mm ones. That's really a shame because there are plenty of patterns that call for 3mm round beads and not really that many calling for 2mm beads. I don't see why we can't have a good color selection in both sizes. Today's bracelet is made with Czech pearls and it's a bit easier to find those in 3mm than druks.


I love the soft look of the SuperDuo Duets that I used in this bracelet. Putting the ivory side so that it's facing the center of each motif creates a sort of dreamy glow around the pearls. You can buy the "Duets" at Red Panda and Queen City Bead.




Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Bracelet of the Day: Loretta Deco - Turquoise & Chocolate


LORETTA DECO BRACELET
  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457)
  • SuperDuo beads "Duet Green Turquoise/Ivory Picasso"
  • SuperDuo beads "Chocolate White Luster"
  • 4mm druks "Bronze"

The motif in this bracelet is my adaptation of the "Loretta Earrings" pattern by Ewa Kovács which you can buy on Etsy HERE. When you go to the pattern page on Etsy, there are two earring variations. Click the second thumbnail below the photo to see the version that I made.


I changed a few things to make the motif look more Art Deco and I connected the earring motifs with jump rings to turn them a bracelet. I got the bracelet inspiration from THIS blog post.



The two-toned effect on these SuperDuo Duet beads is very subtle and they look similar to other beads that have a Picasso finish. In my first post HERE about the SuperDuo Duets, I showed you three samples of this colorway with the beads arranged slightly differently in each one. I decided that I liked the combo that I used for today's bracelet the best and below you can see the two other combos that I decided not to use:


  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457)
  • SuperDuo beads "Duet Green Turquoise/Ivory Picasso"
  • SuperDuo beads "Chocolate White Luster"
  • 4mm druks "Bronze"


  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457)
  • SuperDuo beads "Duet Green Turquoise/Ivory Picasso"
  • SuperDuo beads "Chocolate White Luster"
  • 4mm druks "Opaque Turquoise Picasso"

You can buy SuperDuo Duets at Red Panda and Queen City Bead on Etsy.



 

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Various SuperDuo Duets Samples

After making lots of samples using the new SuperDuo Duets beads, I sorted through them and picked out the ones that I like well enough to make into bracelets. The samples in today's post are all of the ones that didn't make the cut for one reason or another. I blogged about these samples HERE, HERE and HERE. I figured that someone might be interested in making some of these so below I am listing the beads that I used and I also provide links to the patterns.

BANDWIDTH BRACELET

  • 15/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457)
  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457)
  • SuperDuo beads "Duet Black/White Lilac Luster"

You can buy this pattern HERE.

BANDWIDTH BRACELET

  • 15/0 seed beads Toho "Nickel Plated" (711)
  • 11/0 seed beads Toho "Nickel Plated" (711)
  • SuperDuo beads "Duet Black/White Grey Luster"

You can buy this pattern HERE.

BANDWIDTH BRACELET
Right Sample:

  • 15/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457)
  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457)
  • SuperDuo beads "Duet Black/White Bronze Luster"
Left Sample:
  • 15/0 seed beads Miyuki "Metallic Chocolate" (461)
  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Metallic Chocolate" (461)
  • SuperDuo beads "Duet Black/White Lilac Luster"

You can buy this pattern HERE.

SUNFLOWERS DAISY CHAIN BRACELET

  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457)
  • SuperDuo beads "Duet Black/White Vega Luster"
  • SuperDuo beads "Vega on Jet"
  • SuperDuo beads "Chalk Vega"
  • 4mm druks "Siam Matte aka Matte Garnet"

You can buy this pattern HERE.

DUO KHEOPS BRACELET

  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Duracoat Galvanized Gold" (4202)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Duracoat Galvanized Gold" (4202)
  • Kheops® Par Puca® beads "Jet"
  • SuperDuo beads "Duet Black/White Opaque"

You can buy this pattern HERE.

DUO SILKY BRACELET

  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Metallic Chocolate" (461)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Metallic Chocolate" (461)
  • Silky beads "Alabaster Teal Luster"
  • SuperDuo beads "Duet Black/White Green Luster"

This is adapted from the "Duo Kheops Bracelet" pattern, which you can buy HERE.

DUO SILKY BRACELET

  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Metallic Chocolate" (461)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Metallic Chocolate" (461)
  • Silky beads "Jet"
  • SuperDuo beads "Duet Black/White Green Luster"

This is adapted from the "Duo Kheops Bracelet" pattern, which you can buy HERE.

HARMONY BAND

  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Metallic Chocolate" (461)
  • SuperDuo beads "Duet Black/White Bronze Luster"
  • SuperDuo beads "Matte Chalk Bronze"

You can buy this pattern HERE.

HARMONY BAND

  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457)
  • SuperDuo beads "Duet Green Turquoise/Ivory Picasso"
  • SuperDuo beads "Chocolate White Luster"

You can buy this pattern HERE.

LORETTA DECO

  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457)
  • SuperDuo beads "Duet Green Turquoise/Ivory Picasso"
  • SuperDuo beads "Chocolate White Luster"
  • 4mm druks "Opaque Turquoise Picasso"

Adapted from the "Loretta Earrings" pattern which you can buy HERE.

MYSTERY SUPERDUO BRACELET

  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Metallic Gunmetal" (451)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Metallic Gunmetal" (451)
  • SuperDuo beads "Duet Navy/Ivory Matte"

You'll find free instructions for this bracelet HERE.

MYSTERY SUPERDUO BRACELET

  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Duracoat Galvanized Light Pewter" (4221)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Duracoat Galvanized Light Pewter" (4221)
  • SuperDuo beads "Duet Navy/Ivory Matte AB"

You'll find free instructions for this bracelet HERE.

CZECHMATE TILE AND SUPERDUO CUFF

  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457)
  • SuperDuo beads "Duet Navy/Ivory Travertin"
  • SuperDuo beads "Bronze"
  • SuperDuo beads "Turquoise Green White Luster"

You can buy this pattern HERE.

SUPERDUO ROSETTE BRACELET

  • 15/0 seed beads Miyuki "Metallic Chocolate" (461)
  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Metallic Chocolate" (461)
  • SuperDuo beads "Duet Black/White Bronze Luster"
  • 3mm druks "Matte Siam Ruby Bronze Picasso" & "Siam Ruby Bronze Picasso"

You can buy this pattern HERE.

TWIN CUBE BANDS

  • 11/0 seed beads Toho "Bright Bronze" (221)
  • 3mm cubes Toho "Bronze" (221)
  • SuperDuo beads "Duet Black/White Dark Travertin"

You can buy this pattern HERE.

 

Friday, December 2, 2016

Bracelet of the Day: Bandwidth Bracelet - Navy & Ivory


BANDWIDTH BRACELET
  • 15/0 seed beads Miyuki "Metallic Gunmetal" (451)
  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Metallic Gunmetal" (451)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Metallic Gunmetal" (451)
  • SuperDuo beads "Duet Navy/Ivory Matte Luster"

I showed you a sample of this bracelet in my first post about the new SuperDuo Duets beads HERE. I love the feel of this bracelet with matte finish beads and the Duets give the design a very different look. You can alter this look by reversing the order of the light and dark sides of the beads. Here are two samples that show how different the design looks when the colors are reversed:


They call the blue color on these SuperDuos "Navy" but I think it's more like denim blue. The blue is kind of speckled which makes it look less like solid navy blue.


I made these "SuperDuo Flower Chain Earrings" to go with my bracelet but I modified the design slightly. I wanted to alternate the navy and ivory sides of the SuperDuos in the same manner as in the bracelet. If I had made the earrings according to the pattern, the effect created by the two-toned beads would have been off-kilter because it wouldn't be centered. So, I just added a few more seed beads at the top and bottom and skipped over two SuperDuos instead of just one. Doing this makes the earrings a slightly different shape which I think suits the bracelet better than the original earrings would have. I didn't really want them to look like flowers.


SUPERDUO FLOWER CHAIN EARRINGS
  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Metallic Gunmetal" (451)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Metallic Gunmetal" (451)
  • SuperDuo beads "Duet Navy/Ivory Matte Luster"


You can buy Angie's "Bandwidth Bracelet" pattern at NannyPinksPassion on Etsy HERE. You can download my free "SuperDuo Flower Chain Earrings" pattern from THIS post. Red Panda has the whole color range of SuperDuo Duets beads. You can also get them at Queen City Bead on Etsy.