Saturday, February 17, 2018

Bracelet of the Day: Liz - Matte Gold & Ruby

  • 11/0 seed beads Toho "Antique Bronze" (223)
  • 8/0 seed beads Toho "Antique Bronze" (223)
  • Mini DiamonDuo beads "Matte Gold"
  • 3mm fire polished beads "Ruby"

I used Mini DiamonDuo beads to make this elegant colorway. They are available HERE at Queen City Bead. I'm not sure where I got the ruby fire polished beads but Supply Emporium has them HERE and Aura Crystals has them HERE.

Go to THIS post to download the free "Liz Band" pattern.


Friday, February 16, 2018

Bracelet of the Day: Liz - Turquoise Picasso

  • 11/0 seed beads Toho "Antique Bronze" (223)
  • 8/0 seed beads Toho "Antique Bronze" (223)
  • Smooth SuperDuo beads "Blue Turquoise Picasso"
  • 3mm fire polished beads "Matte Milky Pink Picasso"

The smooth outline kind of SuperDuos work perfectly with this pattern. 

Despite being called "Matte Milky Pink Picasso", these fire polished beads aren't even remotely pink. They're a golden beige. I got the fire polished beads HERE at Aura Crystals. Unless the dye lot has changed dramatically, they don't look nearly as dark as their photo. 

There is no photo on the page, but you can buy the smooth SuperDuos HERE at Red Panda. I got mine from Supply Emporium but she is out of this color at the moment. THIS color that goes by the same name would also work in this colorway. It's just a lighter turquoise and the beads don't have quite as much yellow "Picasso" on them as the ones that I used.

Go to THIS post to download the free "Liz Band" pattern.


Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Free Beading Pattern - Liz Band

"Liz Band" is a variation of Teejay's "Lizbeth Band", which is also a free pattern. Instead of the little arches of seed beads on each motif, the beads form points. While making some new colorways in preparation for the release of this pattern, I discovered that the new Mini DiamonDuos work just as well as SuperDuos. I blogged about it HERE. All of the bracelets in this post were made a few years ago. 

As I did with "Lizbeth", I will post some new colorways a day at a time over the next week or so. You'll find the download link at the bottom of this post.

  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Duracoat Pewter" (D4222)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Duracoat Pewter" (D4222)
  • 11/0 seed beads Toho "Higher Metallic Matte Blue Haze" (512F)
  • SuperDuo beads "Gold Matte"
  • 3mm fire polished beads "Champagne"

I came up with this color combination by accident while trying something and I love it. Who would have thought that mixing silver with gold could look so pretty? The colors blend together and give the bracelet a dreamy look that I love.

  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Metallic Brown Iris" (458)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Metallic Brown Iris" (458)
  • SuperDuo beads "Chalk Picasso Luster"
  • 3mm Picture Jasper round stone beads

  • 11/0 seed beads Toho "Metallic Bronze Antique Gold" (225)
  • 8/0 seed beads Toho "Metallic Bronze Antique Gold" (225)
  • SuperDuo beads "Opaque Purple"
  • 3mm druks "Opaque Amethyst Luster"  

  • 11/0 seed beads Toho "Metallic Bronze Antique Gold" (225)
  • 8/0 seed beads Toho "Metallic Bronze Antique Gold" (225)
  • SuperDuo beads "Opaque Light Blue Picasso"
  • 3mm metal beads "Antique Brass" (Hobby Lobby)

  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Duracoat Pewter" (4222)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Duracoat Pewter" (4222)
  • SuperDuo beads "Jet Matte"
  • 3mm druks "Jet Matte"

Click HERE to download the free pattern.

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Sunday, February 11, 2018

Blue & White Zentangles

A few days ago, I ran across some pretty Zentangles on Pinterest. They were drawn in blue and had the look of Delft pottery. I followed the links to the original sites and learned that they were made as part of a class called "Delft Delights".

This morning I did some online research to find the origins of these Zentangles. They originated in The Netherlands and were created by Marguerite Samama CZT. You can see one of her examples HERE on her blog. She was a guest writer on Laura Harms CZT's blog HERE if you'd like to read a little bit about Marquerite's project. The kit that she mentions is for sale HERE on Etsy. The kit teaches how to draw what look like a stack of plates on a round Zentangle tile. Apparently, the square tiles, like mine above, are a bonus lesson included in the kit. They feature the official Zentangle pattern called "Huggins". "Huggins" works wonderfully for this because there is enough space in each element to draw other designs.

If you're familiar with my low carb recipe website - Linda's Low Carb Menus & Recipes - you've seen my blue and white "Ming Tree" dishes. They've become almost a trademark when it comes to my recipes. Besides my dish set, I also have a small collection of miscellaneous blue and white items in my kitchen. I do have three items that are actually Delft and the others range from an English "Burleigh" mug and tea cannister, a Royal Stafford soup bowl, a beautiful Spode serving bowl and a couple of Wood & Sons large soup bowls. There are other things that were made in China or that have no logo on the bottom. I also have a collection of ten different blue and white mugs that I hang on a rack in my kitchen.

Here are a few of my blue and white treasures:

Ming Tree sugar bowl

Here are three photos from my recipe site featuring some of my blue and white serving pieces:

When I saw the examples from the Delft Delights projects online, I instantly knew that I had to try drawing some. I ran up to Michael's craft store to buy a blue Micron pen. I also found a set of four different blue pens at Hobby Lobby. I already had a lot of blue colored pencils on hand.

For the tile above, I used a vibrant royal blue pen that came from the LePen set that I found at Hobby Lobby. The pens aren't the quality of Micron pens so I can't draw quite as much fine detail with them. Although the tips look very small, the ink bleeds out as you're drawing with them. This color is perfect for the Delft effect though.

It was quite a challenge to come up with sixteen different designs to draw on each of the "Huggins" components. I used Zentangle patterns on some of them but I also came up with some out of my head or from ideas that I got online.

I used a royal blue Micron pen to draw the tile above. I used most of the same designs on all sixteen components as on my previous example. I wasn't keen on one that I'd drawn the first time so I came up with a substitute for this tile. See if you can spot it.

I found a few other examples from the "Delft Delights" project online HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE.


Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Sneak Peek: Liz Band & Mini DiamonDuo beads

  • 11/0 seed beads Toho "Olympic Bronze" (224)
  • 8/0 seed beads Toho "Olympic Bronze" (224)
  • Mini DiamonDuo beads "Prismatic Fiesta"
  • 3mm pearls "Fuchsia" (Chinese)

I am working on another free bracelet pattern that is a variation of "Lizbeth Band". Although the pattern isn't available yet, I wanted to show you this bracelet that I made with the new Mini DiamonDuo beads. They are very close to the same size as SuperDuos and they work great with this pattern because of the diamond shape of the beads and the diamond shape of the bracelet motifs.

The Mini DiamonDuo color that I used is one of the "prismatic" colors. They have an iridescent jewel-like appearance. They look like they would be transparent but they're not. They have a metallic backing which helps reflect the light and makes them sparkle. It also keeps the thread from showing through the beads. You can see the backs of the beads in one of my photos down below.

At this time, I only know of one place to get the Mini DiamonDuos and that's HERE at Queen City Bead on Etsy. Donna has them in about 20 colors. With the coupon code "Bead10", you'll get 10% off your order in Donna's shop.

  • 11/0 seed beads Toho "Olympic Bronze" (224)
  • 8/0 seed beads Toho "Olympic Bronze" (224)
  • Mini DiamonDuo beads "Prismatic Fiesta"

I also made a couple of sample "Toni Earrings" using the Mini DiamonDuos. They're really cute in this smaller size. I only had to adjust the number of 11/0 seed beads that go around the outer edge of the earrings. The earring on the left has Toho seed beads and the one on the right has Miyuki beads. As you can see, both brands work beautifully. When I have a chance I will jot down exactly how many beads I used in each step of the pattern and will post the info here on my blog. In the meantime, it would be easy enough to just to try it for yourself and see what fits. I will mention that in the four steps where the pattern says to add three seed beads on each of the four sides of the earring, I picked up two instead. For the other steps I either reduced the number by one bead or made no change.

  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Duracoat Gold" (4202)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Duracoat Gold" (4202)
  • Mini DiamonDuo beads "Prismatic Fiesta"

Download my free "Toni Earrings" pattern HERE. In the photo below you can see how an earring made with the Mini DiamonDuos compares in size to one made with regular size DiamonDuos.


Monday, February 5, 2018

Where to buy 3mm Czech Round Druk Beads

If you're going to make our "Lizbeth Band" pattern, you're going to need some 3mm round beads. As you probably know, the 3mm ones aren't as readily available as the 4mm ones. It was even harder to find them in 3mm when I first started beading a few years ago but more and more shops are starting to carry them. Besides searching for the word "druks", also try searching for "smooth round" or "pressed round" beads. You might also try searching for Czech glass pearls and Czech melon beads.

Paloma's Path Bracelet

It's a mystery to me why bead sites and local shops don't sell more 3mm beads. I counted at least 24 of Deb Roberti's patterns that call for that size and those are just the patterns of hers that I have. That alone should prompt the bead suppliers to stock up on 3mm druks and pearls since Deb's are the most popular beading patterns in the entire world.

Quick SuperDuo Bracelet

I'm including quite a few examples in this post of bracelets and earrings that are made with 3mm druks or pearls.

SuperDuo Rosette Bracelet

All of the shops below have druks in the 3mm size:

Ankes-Perlenstube (Germany)

I didn't see any druks here but they do have 3mm melon beads.


Aura Crystals

I've been buying beads from Aura Crystals almost as long as I've been beading. However, it is only in the past couple of years that they've started carrying the 3mm size. They have a nice selection but it seems to be gradually dwindling.

Bead Buddies

No druks but they have a lot of 3mm glass pearls

Bead House (Netherlands)

BeadsParade Etsy

ArteBellaSurplus Etsy

Arte Bella Surplus has them in six colors

Bead Haven

Bead Passion Studio

Beads Gone Wild

No druks that I could find but they do have 3mm Czech pearls

Beads Mine (Italy)

Bello Modo

CJ Beaders UK

They have a few colors

Crystals and Ice Bead Shop (UK)

CzechBeadsExclusive Etsy

Di Marca Online (France)

DrBead Etsy

EarthTreasuresGems Etsy

Eureka Crystal Beads

Fire Mountain Gems & Beads

Fofinhas Perlenstuebchen (Germany)

Fusion Beads

They have 3mm druks, melon beads and Fiesta pearls

Gyöngysziget (Hungary)

Highly Strung Beads (UK)

No druks but they have a nice selection of 3mm glass pearls

Hobby Lobby

I haven't searched their website but they do sell 3mm metal beads in the store and they're often 50% off.

JellyBeads (Australia)

Small assortment

Jill Wiseman Designs

Lima Beads

Odyssey Cache

Odyssey Cache Etsy

Old Bicycle Shop (UK)

Over the Rainbow (Australia)

They have a few 3mm glass pearls

Perles & Co (UK)

Potomac Beads

Queen City Bead Etsy

Red Panda

Robin's Beads (UK)

ScaraBeads (Czech Republic)

ScaraBeads Etsy (Czech Republic)

Shipwreck Beads

They have some 3mm druks and 3mm Preciosa pearls

Simply Beads USA

Druks and 3mm glass pearls

Spoilt Rotten Beads (UK)

A small assortment of 3mm druks and pearls

SupplyEmporium Etsy

The Bead Obsession

Just a few colors in 3mm

Arulla Earrings

Princess Earrings

Petites Fleurs Earrings

Lovely Lace Bracelet

Sophia Bracelet

Eclipse Bracelet

Quick SuperDuo Bracelet

Starflower Bracelet

SuperDuo Rosette Bracelet

Lizbeth Band