Wednesday, September 16, 2015

The word every designer hates to hear... "discontinued"...

There's nothing worse than hearing that a favorite bead color or coating has been "discontinued" by the manufacturer. Such is the case with these gorgeous Toho Hybrid Turquoise Picasso 4mm cube beads (as well as the 3mm version). I had been saving them for the perfect pattern and finally used them for my new Cube Brocade Bracelets pattern only to hear that very soon, these lovely beads wouldn't be available for purchase anymore:

 Deb Roberti's Cube Brocade Cuff

So... if you see them, get them while they last! After a search today, I was only able to find the size 4mm cube bead version used in the photo above on Etsy and eBay—search for "Turquoise Picasso 4mm cube beads" on these sites. Sigh...

Here's a list of the beads used in the photo above for the 4mm Cube Brocade Cuff version:

• About 400 size 8/0 seed beads: Toho #4514 Picasso OP Seafoam Green Miyuki Rocailles
• About 21 Color1 size 4mm fire-polished beads: Opaque Pale Turquoise - Star Dust 
• About 84 Color2 size 4mm fire-polished beads: Opaque Luster Champagne
• About 84 size 4mm cube beads: Toho Hybrid Turquoise Picasso

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Cube Brocade Bracelets

 Deb Roberti's Cube Brocade Bracelets

$5 at and
My two-hole bead Brocade Bracelets pattern has a sister! The Cube Brocade Bracelets pattern uses NO two-hole beads at all. Instead, use size 11 seed beads, “any” type size 3mm beads and 3mm cube beads to make a band or wider cuff (separate directions for each), OR use size 8 seed beads, “any” type size 4mm beads and 4mm cube beads to make some fatter bracelets using the same step-by-step, fully illustrated instructions.

Deb Roberti's Cube Brocade Bracelets

3mm Cube Brocade Band
• About 450 size 11/0 seed beads: Toho Bronze #221
• About 96 Color1 size 3mm round beads: Luster Opaque Amethyst
• About 24 Color2 size 3mm fire-polished beads: Iris Purple
• About 54 size 3mm cube beads: Toho Metallic Iris Purple

Deb Roberti's Cube Brocade Bracelets

4mm Cube Brocade Band
• About 350 size 8/0 seed beads: Miyuki Picasso OP Brown Tan Rocailles #4517
• About 72 Color1 size 4mm round beads: Dark Bronze
• About 18 Color2 size 4mm fire-polished beads: Opaque White Picasso
• About 42 size 4mm cube beads: Toho Hybrid Light Beige Picasso
Deb Roberti's Cube Brocade Bracelets

3mm Cube Brocade Cuff
• About 500 size 11/0 seed beads: Toho Gilded Marble Turquoise #1703
• About 108 Color1 size 3mm fire-polished beads: Metallic Green Turquoise Picasso
• About 27 Color2 size 3mm fire-polished beads: Opaque Luster Champagne
• About 108 size 3mm cube beads: Toho Hybrid Turquoise Picasso (NOTE: the 3mm and 4mm, Hybrid Turquoise Picasso cube beads are being discontinued so get them where and while you can!)
Deb Roberti's Cube Brocade Bracelets

Thursday, September 3, 2015

FREE crystal bracelet pattern

Saturday Night Bracelet—an “oldie-but-goodie” pattern updated and made FREE! Use size 11 seed beads and any type of size 4mm bead to create this pretty crystal bracelet that works up in about two hours. Step-by-step instructions and a downloadable PDF at the bottom of the page here:

 free Saturday Night Bracelet pattern