BYZANTIUM BANDS

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Byzantium Bands, design by Deb Roberti

This pattern now includes instructions for two designs! The original crystal version, which is a great beginner beading project, uses size 11/0 Miyuki rocaille seed beads, 3mm fire-polished beads, 4mm bicone crystals and 4mm round beads (glass pearl or druk). The second version is an elaboration of this simple band where you will add SuperDuo beads to give the band some width and wow. Both designs are fully illustrated with detailed step-by-step instructions.

Stitch: Right-angle weave, netting, of sorts

Beads Used: Size 11/0 Miyuki rocaille seed beads, 3mm fire-polished beads, 4mm bicone crystals, 4mm round beads (glass pearl or druk) and SuperDuo beads

Approx Finished Size: Original crystal version: About a half-inch wide to desired length. SuperDuo version: Nearly an inch wide to desired length.

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Beads used in the photo above:

Byzantium Bands, design by Deb Roberti

Blue Picasso version
Original crystal version:
• About 350 size 11/0 Miyuki rocaille seed beads: Miyuki #457 Bronze
• About 20 size 3mm fire-polished beads: Iris Blue
• About 20 size 4mm round beads: Opaque White Picasso
• About 24 size 4mm bicone crystals: Swarovski Montana

SuperDuo version:
• About 600 size 11/0 Miyuki rocaille seed beads: Miyuki #457 Bronze
• About 24 size 3mm fire-polished beads: Iris Blue
• About 44 size 4mm bicone crystals: Swarovski Montana
• About 80 SuperDuo beads: Chalk Travertin Dark

Byzantium Bands, design by Deb Roberti

Red/Apricot version
Original crystal version:
• About 350 size 11/0 Miyuki rocaille seed beads: Miyuki #4204 Duracoat Galvanized Gold
• About 20 size 3mm fire-polished beads: Crystal Apricot Medium coated or a good substitute is Crystal Etched Orange Rainbow
• About 20 size 4mm round beads: Bronze Luster Iris - Opaque Red
• About 24 size 4mm bicone crystals: Crystal Red Magma

SuperDuo version:
• About 600 size 11/0 Miyuki rocaille seed beads: Miyuki #4204 Duracoat Galvanized Gold
• About 24 size 3mm fire-polished beads: Crystal Apricot Medium coated or a good substitute is Crystal Etched Orange Rainbow
• About 44 size 4mm bicone crystals: Crystal Red Magma
• About 80 SuperDuo beads: White Apricot

Byzantium Bands, design by Deb Roberti

Topaz/Green version
Original crystal version:
• About 350 size 11/0 Miyuki rocaille seed beads: Miyuki #4204 Duracoat Champagne Rocailles
• About 20 size 3mm fire-polished beads: Halo Sandalwood
• About 20 size 4mm round beads: I used 4mm Crystal Satin Olivine bicones instead of round beads
• About 24 size 4mm bicone crystals: Swarovski Topaz or you can use Swarovski Crystal Mahogany

SuperDuo version:
• About 600 size 11/0 Miyuki rocaille seed beads: Miyuki #4204 Duracoat Champagne Rocailles
• About 24 size 3mm fire-polished beads: Halo Sandalwood
• About 44 size 4mm bicone crystals: Swarovski Topaz or you can use Swarovski Crystal Mahogany
• About 80 SuperDuo beads: Halo Sandalwood

 

Byzantium Bands, design by Deb Roberti

Copper/Bronze version
Original version

• About 350 size 11/0 Miyuki rocaille seed beads: Miyuki #457 Bronze
• About 20 size 3mm fire-polished beads: Czech Bronze on Topaz Base (discontinued; Copper Luster would be a nice substitute)
• About 20 size 4mm round beads: Swarovski Crystal Copper (discontinued and hard to find; Opaque Satin Copper druk or Opaque Satin Metallic Light copper Druk also a nice substitute)
• About 24 size 4mm bicone crystals: Swarovski Crystal Copper

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