Superduo Bracelet Tutorial – Herringbone Style

Herringbone Bracelet Using Superduo BeadsThis superduo bracelet tutorial features the herringbone beading weave.  Right now, the Czech Superduo beads are all the rage, but what can you do with them?  They are two-holed beads, so they can’t be used in traditional weaves.  Or can they?

This bracelet shows that the herringbone weave for beading can quite nicely accommodate the new 2-hole beads.  What’s more, it works up very quickly, especially when done 2 beads across.

If you’d like to make your own bracelet, you’ll find a supply list and the video tutorial below.  🙂

First, a Review of the Beads

Superduo BeadsHere’s a quick review of the beads.  These are from the Czech Republic and they have an unusual shape.  Overall, you could call them oval-shaped, but in profile they are raised in the center and tapered on the end.

Note:  There are three (at the time of this writing) “versions” of the Superduo; the original and two variants.  The variants are thicker on the ends, instead of being tapered.  And while they are very nice beads in their own right, they are not necessarily interchangeable with the Superduos.  The most common one that I have seen is called the Twin bead, and it’s made by the Czech firm Preciosa.

The colors of the Superduos include neon (a few of which are in the photo), as well as traditional colors and some of the new color treatments like Vega, Picasso, Travertine and many others.

Now on to the supply list and tutorial!

Supply List and Video Tutorial

Here are the supplies that you will need for the bracelet in the tutorial, as well as the colors in the other two examples I have in the video.

And of course, when you are done watching, please take a look at some of the other videos and projects on this website!  In particular the Basics page and the Project Tutorials pages have lots more to see and do!  😀

Video Project Supplies

  • 10 grams Superduo beads, Chalk Travertine
  • < 2 grams magatama beads, Bronze
  • < 2 grams size 11 seed beads, turquoise colorlined clear
  • Thread of your choice (I used One-G in Beige)
  • Clasp of your choice (I used a magnetic clasp)
  • Beading needle, size 11 or 12 suggested
  • Scissors
  • Thread Burner (totally optional)

Three ExamplesDouble Herringbone Example

  • 10 grams Superduo beads, Turquoise
  • 10 grams Superduo beads, Black
  • < 2 grams size 11 seed beads, topaz AB
  • < 3 grams size 6 seed beads, copper-color
  • Thread of your choice (I used One-G in Beige)
  • Clasp of your choice (I used a copper toggle clasp)
  • Beading needle, size 11 or 12 suggested
  • Scissors
  • Thread Burner (totally optional)

Example With Corrugated Copper Breads

  • 10 grams Superduo beads, Aqua Apollo Gold
  • < 2 grams size 11 seed beads, topaz AB
  • 40 – 50 3mm beads, copper
  • Thread of your choice (I used One-G in Beige)
  • Clasp of your choice (I used a copper magnetic clasp)
  • Beading needle, size 11 or 12 suggested
  • Scissors
  • Thread Burner (totally optional)

4 Responses to Superduo Bracelet Tutorial – Herringbone Style

  • April G. says:

    I really love your tutorial on the herringbone bracelet done with superduo beads. I would like to know is there a way to do two rows of this herringbone pattern side by side, with both sets of herringbone going in the same direction?
    Thank you!

  • Hello,
    My name is Marilyn and I am from Plainville, CT and you do wonderful work as shown in your pictures and your tutorials are very good. I did notice in the Herringbone bracelet that your supplies for this bracelet show magatama beads for the embellishments on the outer edge but in fact when I purchased these magatama beads they are completely different from the beads you used as far as I can tell. Firemountain Gem and Fusion beads and Artbeads all show very different type of beads for magatama beads that you said you used in making this bracelet so I am not sure if I am confused or are the beads you used for outer embellishment are something other than magatama beads? I will probably order the miyouki drop beads for making this bracelet in the future – – -it is very pretty and thank you so much for sharing your talent.

    • admin says:

      Hi Marilyn,

      There are two sizes of Magatama beads, and the kind I used as the 4mm x 7mm size. When I did the video, only one manufacturer made the beads.Recently I noticed that some sites have started calling beads from a different manufacturer “Magatama”, and they have a different shape, and different sizes.

      Look for the ones that are marked as 4×7. Here’s a link to them on Fusion Beads: http://www.fusionbeads.com/magatama-japanese-seed-beads-4x7mm

      Hope this helps, and Happy Beading!!!!

      Gail

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