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About this design:

I love the natural stone-like appearance of opaque luster Czech glass beads. I've been meaning to try some designs using some of the duo type beads and this is what I arrived at. If you Google online the type of duo bead you want to use you can locate a number of simple, yet pretty designs. I wanted a wrist filled with the same color way, but various textures. Enjoy!

Components:

Czech Mates; opaque luster green triangle, super duo, and 2 hole lentil. I also used super duo ultra luster green for the cuff. Various copper plated findings, a Nunn Design bangle, and the Tierra Cast flower button as a clasp. Jewelry epoxy was used to glue the triangle beaded section to the Nunn bangle.



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  1. Simply Adorned Jewelry
    Simply Adorned Jewelry says:

    How cool! I love the color choice and the different styles. Awesome work.

  2. Lois D
    Lois D says:

    Fabulous bracelets and earrings! Love the designs. Thank you for the tip about finding on-line patterns :)

  3. Beadling
    Beadling says:

    I love the superduo bracelet. My sister and I were talking about superduo’s today. I made her a skinny bracelet with them and she wants more. They are really fun to work with once you get used to them, and you clearly have.
    The color scheme is perfect, you’ve really created a gorgeous set. Kudos.

  4. Fresh Baked
    Fresh Baked says:

    Love the variations with this color. They look so great on the wrist!

  5. JC Hamm
    JC Hamm says:

    Very cool, love all of these.Beautifully done.!! I must try the super duo.

  6. ErinM31
    ErinM31 says:

    Wow, I LOVE these! :D Beautiful color and wonderful variations on a theme! My favorite is the lower one with the superduo seed beads but they are all lovely!

  7. GGArmbruster
    GGArmbruster says:

    Thank you everyone for the kudos and the great feed back! A couple of important notes for those of you looking to explore Czech Mates of any kind with a finish added, ie: the lusters… I found I had one or more beads per tube where the finish had sealed itself into the holes of the beads. You can try to break through this with a very sharp thin needle, but once in a while that will cause a piece of the bead to chip off. Also, I had a couple of “wonky” triangles and duos that looked as if they were not pressed correctly. In short, figure on needing a few extra beads than what’s called for in any given design. I used Fireline and size 11# needles for both woven designs. It allows for more passes and a thinner needle will bend before breaking the bead you are passing through. I hope this helps. :)

  8. Gail Layne
    Gail Layne says:

    What a cool set! Love the idea of having different shapes and textures in the same color group. I must admit, I’m fascinated by the cuff. I presume you stitched/wove the beads together and then attached them. But not being familiar with this aspect of designing, that’s about all I can discern. Enlightenment please?? :-)

  9. Beadaholic
    Beadaholic says:

    These are wonderful! I love each design. The colors are fab, and I love the designs. Great job!

  10. DayLilly aka Del
    DayLilly aka Del says:

    These are awesome. How did you do the bangle?

  11. GGArmbruster
    GGArmbruster says:

    Good morning! For those asking about the bangle… I used a peyote pattern of 4 triangles across, but a ladder stitch to hold them together, so at every pass you are adding two beads to level up. The ladder stitch will reinforce the beaded strand. As stated before, I used size 11 seed beading needles and crystal 6lb. Fireline. Once you completed enough levels to cover the Nunn Design bangle and before you close the beads in a round, you can add some E 6000 to the bangle, lay on your beaded strand, then close, or like me… you can stitch it closed. It will slip over the higher edges of the bangle and rest in it’s well. Once I saw it was fitting nicely I removed it, added the glue to the well of the bracelet, then placed the beaded part back on. I then lightly pressed the beads into the cement and allowed it to dry overnight. If you Google peyote or ladder seed bead stitch that should get you to some pretty basic stitching how to’s. It took almost 2 entire tubes of the triangle Czech Mates to fill this bangle. Hope this helps some. G.

  12. GGArmbruster
    GGArmbruster says:

    The cuff which is lying flat on the bottom of my image was created using a simple Herringbone Weave. The 2 small copper metal round beads force the duo beads to flair out. When you finish your length you need to add the three rounds at the top to hold this pattern in place. The Tierra Cast button was attached with a large oval jump ring, but could also be stitched onto the bead work with size 15# seed beads. The clasp for the button is made by using the same 3mm round copper plated beads and sized to fit over the button. I used crystal Fireline in 6 lb. weight and size 11 seed bead needles. I used 2 tubes of Ultra Luster and 1 of Luster to get this effect. You can Google Herringbone Weave to learn the basics. Have fun!**

  13. SYD Sydney H
    SYD Sydney H says:

    I LOVE those beads!!! The color is so – SO!! LOL. The work you did is also so – SO!!

  14. GGArmbruster
    GGArmbruster says:

    Thanks SoOoOoOoo much SYD!** :)

  15. DayLilly aka Del
    DayLilly aka Del says:

    thanks! I love the bead color.

  16. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    Fantastic pieces!! I have run into the same trouble with the occasionally blocked hole on some of the superduos. Some of them can’t be poked through at all and yes, they can break but for the most part they work great.

  17. Miss Molly
    Miss Molly says:

    Beautiful pieces – thank you so much for clarifying the bangle design process! :)

  18. gypsyheartCin
    gypsyheartCin says:

    Love the designs and I’m definately adoring the colors you used!

  19. Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick says:

    Excellent choice of color and style. Beautiful work. :)

  20. deleted
    deleted says:

    That’s a terrific way to use herringbone; love it, want to try it, thank you!

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