Wednesday, February 29, 2012

I'm in Love with Metal Beads!

I've always been a fan of jewelry designers who have used metal beads in their designs.   Metal beads come in all the standard sizes of seed beads (size 15, 11, 8 and 6)  but are made of metal instead of glass.  They are sometimes made of a base metal and then plated with a colored finish - like 24k gold or silver.  Others are made from the actual metal - like copper and zinc.  They are very uniform in size and shape, making them delightful to work with in bead weaving projects.

Beadsmith recently formed a group of beaders on facebook (in which I was included) and challenged us to create jewelry with the metal beads they provided.  Here's the first bracelet I made with the metal beads.  I call it my Metal Bead Sampler Bracelet because it uses all of the fourteen different metal seed bead colors.

I created a tutorial for this bracelet and it is available for purchase in my Etsy shop and in my ArtFire shop.

The 2nd bracelet I created has a zig zag pattern.  I'm currently working on a tutorial for this bracelet which I call my Metal Zig Zag Sampler Bracelet.  It also uses all 14 colors of the metal beads.

Cynthia Newcomer Daniel, another member of our Facebook Group created and designed a Best Friend Bracelet.  I purchased the tutorial from her Jewelry Tales website and fell in love with the design.  Cynthia's Best Friend bracelet combines metal beads with Swarovski crystals and is so gorgeous!

I used Cynthia's pattern to create a slightly different look.  I wear this bracelet all the time and love it.

 Using Cynthia's pattern as inspiration, I created another bracelet using my own design.  I call this one Rhapsody and hope to have the pattern available soon. 

I'm full of ideas for using the metal beads in new designs.  I'm just lacking in time - a common malady for all bead weavers.  I wish there was a cure.

Happy beading to you all!


  1. Great designs Linda!! I'm so looking forward to your Rhapsody pattern....and whatever else you come up with!


  2. The love is infectious, and I'v caught it! They're all terrific, but I think the first design is my favorite. That's the one I'll be wearing every day! (The clasps are inspiring, too.)

  3. Wow I love the ideas coming from your creative mind I will have to purchase some of these turtorials and some metal beads and make them. I have a friend that would flip for the first one.

  4. I have the same problem with more ideas than I have time to bead. The metal beads are beautiful! I love your designs with them.

  5. Thank you all very much! I'm struggling to find time to do everything I want to do too, but one of my top priorities is to make a kit for the Metal Bead Sampler Bracelet (the first picture). Hopefully by the end of next week.

  6. Beautiful design work Linda. Inspirational. You make simplicity sing.

  7. I know how you feel Linda. I have become addicted too!
    In case you are looking for my blog, i changed the address, and now I am almost impossible to find.So I figured I would leave you my new address:


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