Donuts and Root Beer

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

Nope.

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

Red, Black and White Double Triangle Cuff Bracelet

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Finished this last week. Sorry for taking so long to show you. My first photos weren’t that great so I retook them.

This is another one of my creations using open triangles.

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I like making triangles.

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Think I will make another one in different colors. Maybe not as wide as this one.

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New Wrap Around Triangle Cuff Bracelet

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This bracelet reminds me of our trips going north on I-75 to the Upper Peninsula in Michigan. With the arrows pointing the way and the colors resembling the changing of the leaves.

More triangles but with a twist. Different.

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Olive, root beer and gunmetal gray, size 8/0 seed beads.

With an idea of how I wanted this bracelet to look, I designed it as I went. The green end wraps around the wrist and meets the first triangle. And I had just enough olive seed beads to finish.

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Originally I had silver, silver-lined, seed beads as one of the colors. But when I photographed my works-in-progress, I didn’t like it. So the silver got scrapped.

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I like this color combination better.

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BTW, I forgot to tell you…. this is my first attempt at Odd Count Peyote. Even the beaded toggle bar is odd count. Not sure why I resisted trying it. It was easy.


Directions for making the triangles can be found in Beth Stone’s book, More Seed Bead Stitching. The rest of the design is my own creation.

4 Days Working on One 2-Toned Design

I knew I wanted something different from the other triangle bracelets I made. And I wanted to experiment with the design.

After making six triangles in brown and beige 8/o seed beads, I got busy working on placement. Arranging. Rearranging.

First was brown on top, all triangles facing left.

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Half facing left, half facing right.

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Half with brown at top. Half with brown at bottom.

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Alternating the top and bottom colors.

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Even a necklace got tossed into the mix.

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After trying to stitch the triangles in a couple of the designs above, I finally decided on this look. Kind of looks like leaves. I took a ton of photos, but the beige seed beads came out yellowish. I’ll have to retake them.

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The chocolate Swarovski pearls, pretty though they were, ended up back in my stash. I tried and tried. But could NOT get them connected inside the triangle without a lot of beading thread showing. I tried a bead cap. I tried adding seed beads top and bottom. I tried a beaded fringe. You could still see my stitches above and below the pearl.

So…. no pearls. Maybe with smaller ones, it might have worked.

And you know what? I am so proud of myself. I thought of driving to the craft store to buy smaller pearls, but talked myself out of it. Make Do. Make It Work. Those are two things I have been repeating to myself lately. Use existing stash.

I always take notes as I create and I couldn’t believe it had taken me four days, on and off, to complete this bracelet. But it did. I am pleased with the end result so I guess it was worth it.

More Triangles In Royal Blue and Hot Pink

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This is what I have been working on for about a week. Making one triangle at a time. Taking my time. Can’t rush creativity.

I made the hot pink bracelet exactly like the orange and black one I showed you. But wanted something a bit different for the royal/black one.

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Don’t know if you can see it, but there is beaded fringe along the inverted “V” shape of the first triangle and also along the bottom edge of the last triangle.

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The clasp is a string of round black glass beads that the beaded toggle bar inserts into. Kind of different, huh? And that is exactly what I wanted. Different.

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Earrings have the same round black beads.

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Here’s the pink set.

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These are works-in-progress. Not sure yet where I am going with them.

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Turquoise Bracelet Is Now 2 Rows

After finding more turquoise pearls in my stash, I had several options.

  1. Make another single row flat spiral stitch bracelet.
  2. Take apart the single row bracelet and make it two rows.
  3. Make a necklace and earrings.

Since I really loved how the two row siam bracelet turned out, I went with option number 2.

Yep. I did. I cut into the bracelet and pulled it apart. All that work.

But it was worth it. Look how it turned out!!

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And I made earrings. Didn’t have anymore of the tiny 11/0 turquoise seed beads so I used the matte 8/0 ones.

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Here’s the BEFORE as one row.

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So… what do you think? Did I do the right thing?

Making Pretty Triangles

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Have you had your fill of me making AND TALKING about the flat spiral stitch? Oh, go on, tell me. It’s OK. 😀 (But I really do love that stitch. See, Crystal, what you started.)

So… it is on to triangles. Pretty 3 sided shapes. A solid piece. Some with holes. Solid colors. Many colors. I will make a few. Until I get bored.

I made two so far.

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I think I have spent more time on ways to create something than on the actual beading time.

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I am still in the book, More Seed Bead Stitching by Beth Stone. On page 53. Working my way through it, picking out what catches my eye.