Since I first started using SuperDuos and came up with my SuperDuo Rosette Bracelet, I decided to try to design with new bead shapes as often as possible. This round I made a bracelet using the new Silky Beads – the Diadem Bracelet!
Silky Beads are similar to Czechmate Tile Beads and Miyuki Tilas, but the two holes run through diagonally, making the bead diamond-shaped, rather than square. If your local bead shop doesn’t carry them yet, I recommend AriaDesignStudio and GCSuppliesTexas on Etsy.
My Diadem Bracelet uses Silky Beads, SuperDuos, 3mm Bicones, and 11/0 Seed Beads. The pattern includes instructions with little connecting circles (left) and without (right).
It looks great in pale monochromatic tones, or in brighter colors…
You can leave out the center criss-cross, or replace the 3mm bicones with little drops…
And the units make great earrings!
All in all, I am really excited about this pattern – especially since my local bead store recently started carrying a wider selection of colors. There are so many fun color combinations to play with!
What about you guys? Doing anything fun with Silky Beads?