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A bead to love: Superduo!

A bead to love: Superduo!

When I started to get serious about beading (It happened in 2009 while I was preparing for my final exams at the university, and I needed a hobby to release tension.), there was a very limited number of bead shapes available. There were round seed beads, triangular, cubic and hexagonal ones (which never became widely used except of the designs of Zsuzsa Veres – Vezsuzsi), than fire polished beads, Swarovski Elements bicones and rounds and some pressed beads. I think finding the perfect bead to fill a gap was a lot harder that times.



But as our job get seemingly easier as years passed and new bead shapes emerged, 

I think this form of art was also evolving, and designs got a lot more complex over the time.

Nowadays bead artists have to work a lot harder to really stand out.



One thing which we couldn’t even imagine back in 2009 was a bead with two holes. Three years later the first beads of this kind were born: Twin beads manufactured in the Czech Republic and shortly after them Superduos coming from the same country. The first ones are definitely cheaper, but not uniform in size. Superduos on the other hand are a real treasure to work with! Both of these are oval shaped, but Superduos have a more “elegant” look I think. Thanks to the thinner ends they wonderfully fit together, and the 0.8 mm holes at the ends make it possible to stitch trough them more times. There are hundreds of colours availabla now, and even two “siblings” were born: the SuperUnos, which are of the same shape and size but only with one hole, which makes them prefect to use on the edge of a bracelet, and MiniDuoes, which are smaller. While the original Superduos are 2.5 x 5 mm big, the little ones are of 2 x 4 mm.



Since than dozens of new bead shapes were invented. Some of them are still around and some of them got quickly forgotten. Superduos are one of the most populars,  think. There are hundreds of projects using these beads and now I would like to show you some from the Storytelling Studio and also from my fellow Beadsmith Inspiration Squad designers.

(Click on the images to get more information about the projects.)



While looking for more great designs with Superduos I also started a Pinterest board, which you can access by clicking here.


Enjoy the tutorials and your beads, dear people, and have an awesome day!
Best wishes,

Erika

Comments (6)

  1. Great article – very informative and I love all the different designs!

    Jan 31, 2016 Reply
    • Dear Linda, thank you for stopping by, I am really glad you like the article! Next month a new one will come, with an another bead shape.

      Jan 31, 2016 Reply
  2. What a nice article! Great job of pulling a ton of tutorials from a wide variety of artists.

    Jan 30, 2016 Reply
    • I am really glad you like it, Liz! Do you maybe have a favourite among them?

      Jan 30, 2016 Reply
      • Torn between three (no order):
        La Royale – Bianca Van Der Molen
        Night out on the Town – Linda Roberts
        Metallic Duos – Betty Stephan

        Feb 4, 2016 Reply
        • Those are great, Liz, thanks for your comment!
          BTW I’ve read some articles on yoour blog – and liked them a lot!

          Feb 4, 2016 Reply

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