Snippets from a bead artist.


A New Tutorial - Carol's Bracelet

I have a new tutorial out there in my Etsy shop!  I'm excited, because this really just flowed for me, and the last one was a bit of a slog.  I really like it, and best of all, the friend I named this for likes it, too!  Introducing Carol's Bracelet, a pretty and dainty piece which is really wearable:

I haven't taken my Montana/Egyptian blue one off since I made it.  ;)  I am addicted to them, and have been working on another one; gold this time, I think.  I love using the 6mm chatons, they add just the right amount of sparkle, and I like the 2mm pearls because they're fun to work with.  The 2mm crystals in the bezels are optional, and easily replaced with a size 11 seed bead.  If you'd like a copy of this tutorial, it is available HERE.

A few people have asked if it was possible to use a 39SS 8mm chaton in place of the little 29SS 6mm ones, and so I had to have a try this morning and see how it worked.  I thought I would share the results in case anyone else would like to try it that way, too.  BOY it is shiny!!!!

Here's what changes in the pattern; You will need to start your bezel with 8 Bs instead of the called for 6 As.  From there, use all Bs for Steps 2&3, and of course there will be more repeats around your base circle.  In Step 7 you use the same beads called for with the 6mm, again with more repeats.  Your crystal round will consist of 8 2mms rather than 6, and you will have a total of 8 picots around.  Make the connections as directed, the only change is that you will have three 'free' picots top and bottom rather than two.  :)

Because of the change in chaton sizes, you will most likely need to leave off the extra embellished diamond before your clasp.  I used Light Bronze #457L, Aqua Shimmer chatons, aqua AB 2mm and 4mm crystals and white pearls for my sample.

Before I go, I just want to remind everyone that my Annual Sale will still be happening this next weekend, as well - you can read more about that in my last blog post HERE.  Thanks for reading!


  1. I love this! I have several vintage chatons that I had no idea how to use-- They're smaller than most stones that I work with (I usually work with 14mm and up Rivolis) and I was going to use them in metalwork instead. However, your bracelet is so darned cute! I love what you created, and I agree- that deep blue one you made is a dazzler! ~Val

    1. Thanks so much, Valorie! I hope you have time to make one, and that you enjoy!! :)

  2. Thank you for the update to use larger chatons, nearly finished my first one (ran out of chatons due to change of colour, just ordered more) I had been thinking about trying to do it with larger chatons, very pleased with the design.

  3. Yippee!!! I finished an SS29 chaton bezel - really didn't think my old fingers would be able to do it, but I had success!!! I do have one SS39 and will try the work around on it. I only have 4 SS29 stones, so will see what I decide to do with the bunch when the bezeling is done! Thanks Nancy....I love this pattern!! Jeanne

  4. Nancy Dale, what an elegant and feminine design! This is so beautiful and you are so kind to adapt it for the larger Chaton. I really have had my head buried in the sand for months and have missed so many of your posts. I am so sorry my friend. I am so in love with the way to combine sparkle, subtle metal, a hint of pearly glow and delicate edges and lace. Bravo girl!!!

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