Donuts and Root Beer

Ha!! Bet you thought this post was about food. Or maybe a Halloween beverage?


The donuts are acrylic. And root beer is a color.

As in…….

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I bought the acrylic donuts at Auntie’s Beads back in July. I didn’t have any ideas. I liked the colors AND they were on sale. Always a plus.

The seed beads I have had for several years. The reason you see them in so many of my designs is because silly me bought too many.

I used up about a tablespoon making this bracelet. But mainly I used bronze. 8/0 seed beads.

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You are looking at 4 days work. On and off. Changing my mind every few hours.

Here’s me starting off. The seed beads in this photo didn’t make the cut.

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Switched to bronze and root beer. Looks like two triangles, huh?

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Nope. Four.

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And finished…. (The Swarovski pearls didn’t make it. Maybe my next design.)

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That should be The End, right?

But then I decided to make something I don’t usually make. A pendant. A matching donut pendant.

Worn with the acrylic donut down.

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Or up.

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And the set.

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Didn’t make any earrings yet. Might be too much bronze.

What do you think?

Earrings: Yes or No

8 comments on “Donuts and Root Beer

  1. Robbie payne says:

    The pendant is perfect!! Of course the bracelet is wonderful as well but the pendant is simple but elegant!

    • don_mae says:

      Thanks, Robbie.

      I made a 2nd pendant. All bronze. I like them and searched my supplies for more “donut” like beads. Found some!! Yay!!

  2. Tammy says:

    Donna I love this set…yes needs the earrings to complete the set.Looks like animal print and that is in this season.Great work…

  3. Crystal says:

    Gorgeous, Donna!!!!
    And I *definitely* vote for making earrings. I think when you have such a wonderfully unique necklace and bracelet set, that it can be difficult to find earrings that really complement it, if you have to rely on “shopping” for them.

    Not sure I would use a donut in the earring, I can imagine that just the bronze beads (and seeds) would make a beautiful combo to offset the necklace/bracelet.

    Whatever you do will be lovely – I do know that for sure! 🙂

    • don_mae says:


      Hi Crystal. I haven’t decided yet what design to use for the earrings. I am thinking triangles might be a bit much. Maybe smaller ones or square ones or simple ones. See. I am conflicted. Won’t use those acrylic donuts. All out. I did think about it before making the pendants. Can’t you just see the ear lobes drooping down to your shoulder. LOL!!

      Wait until you see what I am working on now in ivory, gray and ruby red (burgundy).

  4. I would add earrings, but with just the triangles, not the donuts. Love the colors.

    • don_mae says:

      You are right. Would be too much.

      I haven’t made the earrings yet. Still thinking about it. I may do a diamond shape using brick stitch. Thinking, thinking. Always thinking. 😀

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