Wednesday, February 19, 2014

With a little help from my friends

Duomos Romanticos is one of my all time favorite designs.  I've made it into earrings, rings, a necklace and bracelet.  The necklace version is called quattro cupole and uses the same component, but with the addition of a peanut bead necklace.



While sampling one of the bracelets I came up with the idea to make one that was double wide.  However as is sometimes the case my ideas exceed my beading time capacity.  I'm fortunate though to have met many excellent beaders over the course of my bead teaching career.  So it came that Karen offered to do some test/sample beading for me.  AHA!  A double Duomos Romantico, are you sure, I mean it's kind of a lot of beading?  Karen was up for it and just sent me the completed bracelet.  It's a beauty.  I put together a pretty golden bronze seed bead with lilac shadow fancy stones and fuchsia 2 mm crystals, topped with a 5mm gold aurum loch rosen (crystal sequin).






I added some right angle weave to capture a magnetic bar clasp by Ezel finding.  This is one pretty bracelet!  Thank you Karen.  She's doing her own now, one of the advantages to test beading, she gets to make her own.

I'll be teaching this at Bead and Button this year, the single wide version, but if you can make a single wide you can make a double wide as well.  It is admittedly a lot of bracelet, but I kind of like big and chunky and sparkly.  If your fast runs simpler, the single wide version is very romanticos!


8 comments:

Sandy said...

Stunning! Karen does exceptional work!! And the design is beautiful!

Cynthia Newcomer Daniel said...

That is gorgeous! I love the double one - bling!

Janet Bocciardi said...

I love all of your designs, Marcia, but I think this one is my favorite. Can't wait to buy the kit some day. :-)

Luxorhouse said...

I loved the single version, but I love the double even more....cannot wait until a kit is available since my schedule makes it hard to get to B&B.

Rita said...

It's so beautiful. I also can't wait for a kit to come out someday!

MaryBeth Bogatto-Ruegger said...

Can not wait for Bead and Button. ..I'm taking your class! So excited!!

MaryBeth Bogatto-Ruegger said...

Can not wait for Bead and Button. ..I'm taking your class! So excited!!

Marsha Wiest-Hines said...

Such a lovely design Marcia! I love the double wide, chunky version. There is just never too much sparkle in my world!