Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Super Duos and wire...say what?

     I was teaching a class at Bead Street one Saturday and I noticed two of my favorite people sitting off in a corner beading. This was very unusual to see because Eileen, the store owner, usually has her hands full with helping customers. Nichole, of Starman, Inc. a wholesale bead company, was also there. She not only provides our needy world with beautiful beads, but has two very curious and active toddlers. In other words, beyond busy.
     Like a curious little kitty, I went over and asked, "What are you guys doing?" Thinking to myself,  "I want to see what a master's work really looks like!" They may not see themselves that way, but I consider them in that light.
     I love looking at the works of people like Marcia De Coster and Lisa Kan, but have never had the opportunity to see their jewelry in person. It's one of the down sides to living in a small community in southern Idaho. So, like a "fan to a flame", "a child to a petting zoo", or "a gal in the throws of PMS to chocolate",  I peeked at what they were up to. They were playing with a bead shape that I was not familiar with, yet.
     Many of you are quite familiar with them. The Super Duo bead is a two-holes bead that, to me, resembles a very elongated diamond.  I put on my reading glasses to get a closer look. They were creating beaded beads using them. Oh, were they beautiful! I wish I had pictures! Hopefully, they will be able to share their designs soon.
     Because of that experience, I decided to pick some up and play with them myself. Here is my first design using Super Duos.

     Through the encouragement of several people, I submitted a bracelet design to Bead & Button and it has been selected as a project for a tentative publication in June 2013!  So, I decided to send this earring design in to be shared on the "Your Work" page in Bead & Button. They decided they wanted it for a project!
   I 'd already had planned to teach and share the pattern for these earrings, so I thought it wouldn't be possible to publish them. The editors at Bead & Button have been so accommodating with me and that is why you get to see then now. I will also make the pattern available for purchase very soon. Please e-mail me if you would like one. This pattern is tentatively planned for publication in the August 2013 edition of Bead & Button Magazine, as well.
     I've had so much fun playing with different colors, so I'm posting some combinations I came up with.  
     The design above and just below were made using Twins. They are very similar to the Super Duos. The shape of the Twins aren't as elongated and in my opinion, aren't as consistent. Still, the earrings look great.
     More pictures can be found at Bead Street from a class that I taught. They all came up with beautiful color combinations!
     If you haven't worked with these beads yet, I encourage you to give it a try!  Happy Fall and happy beading!

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