Monday, December 14, 2009

Double Bubble Pearl Experiments, Revisited

A few months ago I reported on my attempts to incorporate freshwater pearls into my Double Bubble Jacks beaded bead. I found that drop pearls that are slightly larger than 4 by 6 mm worked best in the original pattern outlined in the Double Bubble Jacks tutorial, while using pearls that measured 4 by 6 mm or smaller resulted in a more squishy beaded bead.

In response to my findings, Gwen of BeAd Infinitum gave an excellent suggestion on how to better-fit the smaller pearls to the design by removing four seed beads from each pillar. I gave it a try with the same peacock pearls that I used in the second bead in my original experiments, and here's the result:

I'm happy to report that it works out great! The bead is much less squishy, and it does a better job of showing off the pearls!

This variation also works well with other smallish teardrop-shaped freshwater pearls. Here's a pair of earrings with some peach-colored drop pearls that I bought at the last Rings and Things roadshow:

Finally, I made a pair of earrings and a bracelet using this variation to match the Bubble Box pendant made with pearls in the same color scheme. Both of these pieces are available in my Etsy shop:

I can't wait to try this variation with some green pearls I bought at the BABE show! Much thanks to Gwen for the excellent suggestion!


  1. Oh, these look great, like little meteors. I love the shape of them. I'm glad your experimenting paid off, and I like the clever way you added the beaded bead to your clasp on the bracelet. Very slick indeed!

  2. Those turned out way cool. It amazes me how different a beaded bead can look when you change the beads.

  3. Thanks Gwen and Mikki! I'm really getting into the single-beaded bead charm bracelets, especially since I rarely make bracelets!

  4. I like those, very nice.

    Happy Holidays.

  5. Thanks Tiffany! Happy Holidays to you too!


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