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

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.

Pearl Clusters and Butterflies

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Hot off the press!! You are the first to see!!

More basic spiral stitching but now my creative juices have kicked in. I created the necklace first using 8/0 seed beads in red, black and gunmetal gray. Core color is red.

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I alternated between spirals and pearl clusters. Clusters consist of dark gray and light gray pearls. With some black and red glass beads added in.

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Dark gray pearls are Swarovski in three different sizes.

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You want to know why I like the spiral stitch so much?

Because it is forgiving. I can use imperfect beads for the core beads. I can use leftover beads for the spiral. As long as the color and size match what I am creating, I can sneak them in. Such an excellent way to use up some of my “sitting stash”. When I was searching through my beads looking for anything red, gray and black, that’s how I found the light gray potato pearls. I had forgotten all about them.

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I used the same clasp for both the necklace and bracelet. A hammered metal toggle. Got them from Auntie’s Beads. Also got the black jump rings from there. Aren’t they great!! They blend in perfectly with the beads.

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Love those butterflies!! I may have to buy more.

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Earrings: Zig Zags and Chains

The week after dusting the cobwebs off my beading tools was a “fun”tastic week. I couldn’t decide what NOT to make so I had more projects going than I had space.

Hubby would come into my craft room and ask, “What are we making today?” First off, WE!! And second, as if he couldn’t SEE what I was making. Poor guy!!

Anyhoo, back to beads everywhere!! If you are like me, after you drag out your supplies, you don’t want to have wasted all that time. So… you make several of whatever is on your beading table.

Made 2 pairs of these. 11/0 round seedbeads by Toho. Not sure why they are called “round” since they are shaped like a square cylinder. I like how they snap right in place when doing peyote. Light lavender with Swarovski 8mm round crystals. (Earrings are the same, one is facing opposite direction.)

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Made 2 of these too. 11/0 round, galvanized silver by Toho. Used ivory Swarovski pearls.

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Also make 2 pairs of these. (Are you seeing a pattern here, LOL!!) Dragged out my chain links for these. The really tiny kind. So tiny, too tiny to work with, I almost threw it out. Used ivory Swarovski pearls, silverplated bead caps and round silver beads.

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Only made one pair of these. Believe me, I tried to make another pair BUT was defeated by the gold chain. It would not cooperate. So, I decided one was enough. Yay!! Good for me. I CAN be satisfied with just one pair.

What do these remind you of? Little briefcases. Suitcases. Was just trying to be different.

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Well… that’s it for earrings. Next up. I’ll show you the bracelet I worked on for three days. It started off with 3 strands. Now it only has one. (After 3 days!! Yep.) 😀


Pattern for the zig zag earrings can be found in Seed Bead Stitching by Beth Stone. The others are my own creations. Just off the top of my head.