Shaped beads have been popular in the beading community for a few years now, with manufacturers coming out with new shapes and configurations frequently. As a result (and, I'm sure, the result of advertising pressure) various beading magazines have increasingly focused on these beads, much to my dismay. My beading budget is currently quite small, and I prefer projects that are more generic in the beads they call for, so that I can work out of my stash.
I couldn't resist two beaded bangles made with the two-holed beads
known as Superduos and Twins. One tube in each of three colors was
enough to make both bangles, with plenty left over:
The top bangle is from the
"Super Spiral Set" pattern by Michelle McEnroe, from Bead & Button's
February 2014 issue. The instructions say it only works with
Superduos, not Twin beads, but I am skeptical of that. It's got a nice
heft and drape to it, and I love it.
The bottom bangle is from the "Lasso Loops" pattern by Teresa Sullivan, in the Beadwork April/May 2013
issue. I twisted the rope once before sewing the ends together, the
better to see all three colors; otherwise the pretty strawberry red, my
favorite, would have been on the inside. The instructions explain the
section where one steps up every round will develop a slight curve, the
better to form the inside of the bangle, but I didn't think about that
when planning the colors. Also, Sullivan writes that the pattern works
with either nymo or fireline beading thread, but I found the nymo to
result in way too floppy a tube (I was also afraid it might not stand up
to wear and tear as well). This pattern called for Twin beads, but the
Superduos worked just fine.