Friday, December 9, 2016

New “Mini” Silky bead!

When Linda Genaw of Linda’s Crafty Inspirations first emailed to tell me of a new smaller 5x5mm Silky bead on the market, my first response was, “Oh, dear god, just kill me now….I can understand a 4mm Silky bead—that would be cool—but 5mm? 1mm difference? 1-freaking-mm difference? It is just enough to throw off an entire pattern but serves no other real purpose that I can see, sigh.” 

Then Linda measured them and determined that they are, in fact, a bit smaller than 5x5mm. Betsy Ramsey of RedPandaBeads.com hunted some down and sent samples to me and yes, okay, they are adorable!

However, the 5mm Silky beads cannot be substituted for 6mm Silky beads in any of my designs without some tweaks. At this time, I have no plans to tweak all of my patterns that use 6mm Silky beads to accommodate the new “mini” 5x5mm Silky beads but they worked so well with my Silky Squares Bracelet and Earrings pattern that I created what I am calling an “addendum” of substitution instructions. 

 Silky Squares Bracelet and Earrings

For those of you who have already purchased my Silky Squares pattern, this one-page addendum is a free download on the pattern page here: http://www.aroundthebeadingtable.com/Patterns/SilkySquares.html

The addendum is now (and forever) part of the PDF for purchase, which is on sale for $2.50 through next Friday at my website only, AroundTheBeadingTable.com. Betsy at RedPandaBeads.com has the new “mini” 5x5mm Silky beads for sale here: http://www.redpandabeads.com/category_s/3669.htm.

You’ll find links to exact beads used in the photo above at the bottom of the pattern page but I will also include them here. Note: One strand of 40 “mini” silky beads is enough to make a 7-inch bracelet but not enough for the earrings as well.


Mini Silky Squares bracelet:
• About 400 size 11/0 seed beads: Miyuki #1052 Galvanized Gold
• About 36 size 8/0 seed beads: Miyuki #454 Metallic Dark Plum Iris
• About 36 SuperDuo beads: Pastel Bordeaux
• About 36 two-hole 5x5mm “Mini” Czech Silky beads: Chalk Luster


Mini Silky Squares earrings:
• About 100 size 11/0 seed beads: Miyuki #1052 Galvanized Gold
8 size 3mm fire-polished beads: Czech Iris Purple
• 8 SuperDuo beads: Pastel Bordeaux
• 4 two-hole 5x5mm “Mini” Czech Silky beads: Chalk Luster
• 4 two-hole 5x5mm “Mini” Czech Silky beads: Lilac Luster

Friday, September 2, 2016

New FREE pattern: DiamonDuo Star!

 Free DiamonDuo Star pattern at AroundTheBeadingTable.com

Free step-by-step web instructions and a downloadable PDF at the bottom of the page available here (or click on the image above): 
http://www.aroundthebeadingtable.com/Tutorials/DiamonDuoStar.html

Friday, July 29, 2016

Free crystal pattern: Fiesta Bracelet & Earrings!


Another oldie-but-goodie crystal pattern is now free! Use triangle weave and right-angle weave to create this fun and festive Fiesta bracelet with matching earrings. 

Although I used Swarovski Topaz, Indian Red and Khaki size 4mm bicone crystal beads, ANY size 4mm beads in ANY color will work just great! 

Step-by-step web instructions and a downloadable PDF at the bottom of the page available here: http://www.aroundthebeadingtable.com/Tutorials/Fiesta.html

Enjoy!

Friday, June 24, 2016

New DiamonDuo pattern!

This DiamonDuo bracelet is created by beading six (or more) separate Starflower motifs, which you then join using tail threads and beads. The motif would also make a nice pendant. More detail and photos on my website here: http://www.aroundthebeadingtable.com/Patterns/Starflower.html


Monday, April 25, 2016

How to make Rose Quartz POP!



Week 7 of the RedPandaBeads.com 2016 Spring Fashion Colors Series features the color Rose Quartz—a real wishy-washy color, in my opinion. I was wondering how Betsy was going to make this color pop and WOW, did she ever! My Rosaline Gold Bracelet and Printemps Earring patterns never looked so hot! Click HERE or on the photo above for exact beads used and links to these free patterns.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Need a burst of sunshine!


Week 6 of the RedPandaBeads.com 2016 Spring Fashion Colors Series features the color Buttercup, which Betsy has used to bead up my Twin Peaks Bracelet and Earrings pattern. Click HERE or on the photo below for exact beads used and links to this free pattern:

 Twin Peaks Bracelet and Earrings

Monday, April 4, 2016

The hottest new bead in town: DiamonDuo!

One of the latest new Czech two-hole beads is the DiamonDuo bead, manufactured and distributed by Bead Master. These two-hole, diamond-shaped beads measure about 5mm by 8mm and come in 65 colors… if you can find them! They seem to sell out almost immediately.

I got my DiamonDuo batch from Betsy at RedPandaBeads.com a couple weeks ago and they sold out within a couple hours. She’s got a new batch in today—a restock of most existing colors and 21 new colors, available for sale, click HERE or on the photo below:


There aren’t really that many patterns out yet for the DiamonDuo beads but Bead Master has a few free ones on their website, click HERE. The sweetest, I think, is the Desert Blossom:


Linda Genaw has a spectacular free pattern up on her blog called the Arabella Earrings that uses DiamonDuo beads and size 15/0, 11/0 and 8/0 seed beads, click HERE or on the photo below. I made some using Turquoise Bronze DiamondDuo beads and Miyuki  #4204 Duracoat Champagne rocaille seed beads in all three sizes:

While rebeading a couple of my existing patterns to see if DiamonDuo beads could be subbed in for other Czech two-hole beads, I fell in love with the color combination of the Pastel Bordeaux and bronze that I used to bead up a new Trestle Band (click HERE or on the image below for the exact beads used listed at the bottom of the pattern page):


…and my Roundabout Bracelet looks entirely different and just fantastic using those Turquoise Bronze DiamonDuo beads  (click HERE or on the image below for the exact beads used listed at the bottom of the pattern page):



These beads are a blast!

Thursday, March 31, 2016

NEW free pattern: Twin Peaks Bracelet & Earrings


 Twin Peaks Bracelet and Earrings

An embellished version of my Silky Stacker pattern that can be created with Silky beads but you can also use some of the new Czech two-hole beads that are just as much fun and so pretty—Honeycomb beads, DiscDuo beads and 2-hole Cabochon beads. Directions for matching earrings included. 

Step-by-step web instructions and a downloadable PDF at the bottom of the page is located here—http://www.aroundthebeadingtable.com/Tutorials/TwinPeaks.html—or just click on the photo above. Enjoy!

Monday, March 28, 2016

Lilac Gray Dragonfly Bangle and Earrings


Week 5 of the RedPandaBeads.com 2016 Spring Fashion Colors Series features the color Lilac Gray, which Betsy has used to bead up my Dragonfly Bangles and Dragonfly Earrings patterns. Click here or on the photo below for exact beads used and links to these two FREE patterns: http://www.redpandabeads.com/category_s/3299.htm

 Dragonfly Bangles and Earrings

The complete 2016 Spring Fashion Colors Series to date is located here: http://www.redpandabeads.com/category_s/3294.htm. Each week features one of my free bracelet and earring patterns that Betsy of RedPandaBeads.com has beaded up in some amazing beads and color combos. Five more weeks to follow! 

Iced coffee, from week 1, is another favorite. It uses my free  Triangle Weave Band and Jeweled Earrings patterns:

 Triangle Weave Band and Jeweled Earrings

Monday, March 14, 2016

Some Truly Delicious Czech Two-hole Beads!

MiniDuo Bands at AroundTheBeadingTable.com

It’s hard to tell sometimes if all these new Czech two-hole beads are a blessing or a curse. Although they can be quite a bit of fun for designers, these days I do sense that some beaders are getting a bit frustrated by all the “new two-hole beads” hitting the market. Me, too… and then I see some really awesome new  beads and I just have to have them.

Such is the case with the new DiscDuo beads and Czech 2-hole Cabochons. What a delight these beads are! In fact, I have enjoyed using them in my MiniDuo Bands pattern so much that I have updated the pattern to include them and am eager to see how well they work in my other patterns.

DiscDuo beads are manufactured and distributed exclusively by the Potomac Bead Company. To me, they look and feel as if you took a Czechmates Tile bead, made it round, but still kept all the wonderful colors and coatings available in the Czechmates line. They are so delicious looking that I would, in fact, keep kids and pets away from them because they do look good enough to eat. DiscDuo beads are available for sale at PotomacBeads.com here: http://www.potomacbeads.com/DiscDuo-Beads-s/3175.htm. Here is what they look like in my MiniDuo Bands pattern (you can get links to the exact beads used by clicking on the picture and scrolling to the bottom of the page):
 MiniDuo Bands at AroundTheBeadingTable.com
The new Czech 2-Hole Cabochons are about the same width and height as the DiscDuo, but much rounder and fuller at the top—as if you took a 6mm round bead, sliced it in half and gave it two holes. I have found them very difficult to find for purchase in the U.S. at this writing but I’m sure they will be more widely available soon. I purchased the cabs used in the photo below at Poppy and Gene’s Beadery Etsy shop here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/PoppyAndGenesBeadery. You can also buy them at the Potomac Bead Company and they will be available at RedPandaBeads.com soon. Here is what they look like in my MiniDuo Bands pattern (again, you can get links to the exact beads used by clicking on the picture and scrolling to the bottom of the page):
 MiniDuo Bands at AroundTheBeadingTable.com
And while we are on the subject of cool new Czech two-hole beads, there’s the new DiamonDuo... on my bead table right now. They seem to be selling out as fast as they appear. More on these beads to come….