Monday, February 4, 2013

Metal Beads, Super Duos and Rizos

The challenge was to use three of my favorite bead shapes in one design, Super Duos, Rizos, and Metal Seed Beads.

I've been using metal seed beads for some time and love them for their consistent shape and size.  They work so well with right angle weave and I've used them in several different bracelet styles.  Here's my Trinity Bracelet using size 11 metal seed beads.

The super duo beads have two holes and have an unusual shape.  Here's a bracelet I made using super duo's.  I called this one Cinnabar because of the unique picasso finish on the beads.
 
 
The third bead is called Rizo and it is pretty new on the market.  It is shaped like a tiny grain of rice and has one hole in one end of the bead.  Here is a pair of earrings combining super duos with rizos.  The rizo's are used at the tips of the bottom triangles.
 
 
The design using all three types of beads with their own unique shapes and sizes was an exciting challenge.  My Luxury Squared bracelet is the result of the challenge.  Of course, I also had to add a bit of Swarovski crystal bling to the mix!
 
 
The moral of the story?  Don't be afraid of challenges.  They can inspire and bring out your creative muse in some very interesting ways.
 
 

8 comments:

  1. All great projects ... my fav are the earrings ... simple but very chic and elegant ^_^

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  2. Love the looks of the Luxury Squared bracelet! The others are great too!!! :D Keep it up!

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  3. your work is so pretty, and neat! I love your combo!

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  4. The bracelet is super gorgeous, but I really like how you've used the rizos in the earrings. Sometimes a design just calls for a particular bead shape.

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  5. All pieces are beautiful!!!
    Congratulations on your creativity!!!

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  6. Is there a pattern for Luxury Squared? Love it!

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    1. Thank you. No pattern yet but it's on my list! :)

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