Oh my gosh, you guys! I have been holding on to the coolest secret!
Since, I work at an online bead store, I’ve known about this new product for awhile now (and I have been package them with the swift fury of a thousand angry bees, let me tell you), but today is the official launch day!
Behold, the SuperDuo Duet!
Basically, these guys are SuperDuo beads that have two different colors on each side. Some of the combinations are really stark, like the ivory and navy combo, and others are much more subtle. Pretty much all your favorite effect finishes get applied to them too – I’ve seen AB, Picasso, Travertine, Matte, Nebula, and all the assorted Lusters.
Guys, they’re goooooorgeous. These are the ones that I bought for myself. I only have three so far, but I have my eyes on several of the other combo’s as well.
We’ve worked really hard at Beads Direct USA to get these guys packaged, photographed, and all ready for today’s big reveal. I even think my boss wrote in the description for each Duet what SuperDuos can be used to match each side of the Duet! You can find all our available Duets here.
So, now for the big question – what do I do with these?
Well, I am glad you asked! One of the most fun things to do with these beads is make a peyote bracelet that will change colors depending on which way you look at it. But my first thought when I saw them was to use them in a SuperDuo Rosette bracelet.
My thought was to line them up almost like little flowers that have a bloom of color in the center. As soon as I finished, though, I realized that an even more fun approach would be to change the direction of the Duets with every rosette, so that the inside and outside colors alternated. So then I made this!
How fun, right?!?
So, then I decided to experiment with earrings. I really enjoyed making these little flower motifs for the Catherine Bracelet in Lisa Kan’s Bead Metamorphosis book, so I decided to whip up some little flower earrings with two-sided petals.
Aren’t they precious? I cannot wait to see what everyone makes with these Duets. They are going to add so much spice to everyone’s favorite SuperDuo patterns. I am in love. So, what do you guys think? Are the Duets a hit?
I certainly love them.
Those are awesome, Sam and the way you worked them in in designs make them look fabulous!
Thank you, Toni! I’m really excited to see what everyone makes with these unique beads!
I think your work is amazing. I’m interested in buying the pattern for the beautiful bracelet featured on the home page with the golden flower clasp. Can you send me the sight so I can purchase this pattern and. It the beads and flower clasp from your store. I’m a new customer to your store.
Hi, Charlotte! Thank you so much for your kind words! The pattern for the gold and black bracelet is my SuperDuo Rosette design, which can be found here – https://www.etsy.com/listing/153789747/pattern-for-superduo-rosette-bracelet. The bracelet that I made is a double version, which is not explained in the pattern, but all you do is share an 11/0 on the last step. It’s very simple.
I don’t sell beads in my etsy shop, unfortunately, just patterns and finished jewelry. But, if you check out my Links page, there are lots of recommendations for great online shopping. Including the online bead store where I work. :D
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Wescott Jewelry I love the look of superduo duets and would like to get a few patterns. Could you please let me know where I can get them? Trish L
Hi, Trish! Personally, I’ve just been using SuperDuo Duets in patterns already written for plain SuperDuo’s. Since they are the same shape, you don’t need to change anything. I would recommend searching on Etsy if you want a pattern specifically written for the Duets.
From Trish Law – I’m sorry – I forgot to say thanks – I am looking forward to your reply – perhaps I can turn out something as beautiful as your work. – Trish