It’s been a while since I last posted, largely due to my final year project which took up a lot of time. A while ago, I bought this jewellery kit from Queenbeads and I finally started it a few weeks ago.
It teaches you how to use Superduo beads to create larger beads. Superduo beads are funky beads with two holes on either end, which allow you to create interesting and sturdy structures.
The kit contained: 15/0 beads, 11/0 beads, Superduo beads, larger beads for decorating, and jewellery fittings for making a necklace and a pair of earrings. A different version uses a red, black and gold colour scheme.
Firstly, you create a ladder structure of beads and then wrap it around to form a ball. Then you go around the Superduos, adding more 11/0 beads.
15/0 beads are used to adorn every part of the bead where the 11/0 beads are. It is also used to build upon the current structure, adding extra adornments to the centre parts of the original ladder structure.
Different sizes can be obtained by adjusting the original ladder structure. This creates 3, 4, and 5-sided beads.
(Sorry for the lighting change! I work on my projects all day and I don’t think about the lighting in the pictures much…)
The jewellery fittings are some crimps and crimp covers to secure the metal thread, with earring hooks and lobster clasps to attach. Some jump rings and a necklace chain are included as well.
At this point, I realised that I didn’t have enough 15/0 beads to make a pair of matching earrings… I must have dropped a few along the way. So in the end, I only made a necklace. If I can buy more beads at the shop the next time I’m there, I’ll finish the set. Maybe even make a matching bracelet too?