Pour the Coffee, Hold the Icing, Donuts are Done

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My hat is off to those beaders primarily working with the teeny tiny 15/0’s and 11/0 seed beads. I had to keep telling myself, the end is near. And I kid you not. I kept falling asleep.

I love it though. And it feels great around my wrist.

As you can see, I ended up with six donuts for the bracelet and made two more for earrings.

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It can stand up on its own.

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And it looks great around my “model’s” wrist.

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I have enough seed beads in both colors so I may make a larger donut for a pendant. Maybe…

Though I was challenged working with the 15’s, I have ordered more of them. A lot of the designs I want to now try, use them. So there is no getting around them.

What is your favorite seed bead size?


This is my original design. Thanks for not copying or posting elsewhere without my permission.

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My Donut Bracelet Is Almost Finished… Today?

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I am working on the last donut. This bracelet is taking forever. Why, you may ask? What have I been doing?

Well, a week ago, I got tired of moving stuff to make room for stuff. I decided to tackle reorganizing my computer/craft room. Slowly the room took shape. The way I wanted it. Less clutter. Less mess.

Here are my two banquet tables stripped down to the tabletops. Too bad they can’t stay like this. But then you wouldn’t get to see my creations. 😀

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Anyhoo… back to the bracelet.

See that silver tube clasp? That is what I wanted to use but it just doesn’t seem to fit. I really like it and it is a perfect end for a peyote bracelet. In and around, fold flat, stitch. But… I am thinking a matching beaded toggle will look better.

Hopefully I can show you the finished bracelet later today or tomorrow. Stay tuned.

Bracelet? Probably. Not Sure Where I Am Going With This.

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Another first for me. Working with size 15/0 seed beads. And not liking it. At all. Too tiny. Think colorful grains of salt. Sprinkled all over your beading table. They are so teeny tiny that if there WAS a flaw or chip, I wouldn’t see it. I can BARELY see the HOLE!!

Rose, I think. Though sometimes, under my Ott Lite, the rose looks peach.

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And get this. I even bought John Adams size 15 beading needles thinking I would need a super thin needle. But, duh, my beading thread won’t fit through the eye. Note to self: buy Super Fine Fireline. For now, I am doing OK with the needles and braided thread I normally use.

I have created these so far using the 15/0’s and 11/0 green cylinder seed beads.

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Started off with a peyote circle. Made two. Stitched the outer sides together. Any idea on what I did next? Aw, go on. Guess what I did. Cute, huh.

Now… what to do with them? They measure a little over an inch in diameter.

I am thinking bracelet. Connect them with a rose flat strip of peyote.

What would you do with them?

Ruffles and Pearls Cuff Bracelet

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For some reason, my latest designs have been taking not just hours, but DAYS. And it is not even like I am switching from project to project due to boredom. Like I used to do. I am actually working on the same piece. Hours here, hours there.

Sometimes I am tempted to start on something equally delicious. I think about my next design and assorted color combos. But… I keep going.

Just finished this bracelet I am calling Ruffles and Pearls. My original design.

I started off with triangles. YIKES!! I am still stuck on triangles. 😀

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The plan was to make two, stitch them up and add a cute little triangle clasp. But the triangles only measured 5″.

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So…. I ended up with two partial triangles and a hexagon in the middle. Trying to make it longer. (You can see that cute little triangle clasp in this photo. It didn’t work. Too tiny.)

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This is the plain version.

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Here is the Ruffles (fringe) and Pearls version.

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Front view standing up.

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Around the wrist.

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The backside. I love this view. Looks like an apron tied from the back.

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And this is how it WOULD have looked.

With black roses. I was going to do a black beaded toggle bar to bring in the black.

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With large silver buttons. I really liked this look and would have gone with it had I had a 3rd button. I wanted one for the clasp closure. But only had the 2.

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Even thought of using this burgundy Jasper gemstone. Wouldn’t this stone be pretty as a cabochon?

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But my creative vision kept searching for the “right” look. And I found what I was looking for right there in my stash.

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Question for you…

Would you have used any of the unused ideas?

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.