I thought that stringing would be super simple and almost didn’t even want to try it, but it is very appealing so decided to give it a go.
It is not as easy as it looks.
I started with an Italian-themed necklace for a good friend.
I arranged the beads, strung them, held it up as if I were trying it on, and it was just not balanced.
I unstrung them, tried two other combinations before being satisfied. Then, dealing with the chain and the clasp and the jump rings was very intimidating!
I’m glad I persevered – I was very happy with the results, and my friend loved the gift!
The beads with the Italian images are made of paper and then shellacked. I found them on Etsy
. The round greenish beads with the dots around the circles are ceramic. The green squares, triangles and green beads are stone (jasper). The gold and light green beads are freshwater pearls, and the small pink beads are glass seed beads. I found all these pieces in different places and loved putting them together.
I also made a thank you gift for a friend with whom I stayed over the Fourth of July weekend.
Again, balance, color, size, etc. all come into play, as well as the technical skills to attach the clasp.
The long oval orange striped beads are vintage paper mache that I found on Etsy. The pink dotted bauble at the bottom is glass. The orange and gold beads are vintage glass. Again, the gold beads are freshwater pearls, and the small yellow and pinkish beige are glass seed beads. What fun pulling all these together!
I decided to combine the “off loom bead weaving” with the stringing.
I started trying out a tubular peyote stitch (sounds like I know what I’m doing?!). It really started out as a practice, but I decided to continue with it. I had a sketch of what I thought I might do, but creativity took over in the process. I added two pieces of Jasper (the turquoise) and then a vintage bead cage surrounding another piece of Jasper. On to a ceramic piece before completing the circle.
When I made it, I thought the two pieces of Jasper would be the focal point at the bottom of the necklace. However as I wore it, it seemed to prefer to have the bead cage at the bottom. And you know what? I like it better that way too! Luckily, my hair is short so that the peyote and little fringe is still visible in the back. I like that twist, a little surprise for people to see.
While I was at it, I made a necklace for another good friend, who enjoys stone necklaces. I also used the stone shapes that I used in the Italian necklace, as well as some sparkly glass beads in the squares, and some agate chunky beads. Instead of chain, I used some glass seed beads that glitter next to the stones. She loved it. I did too, but gave it to her anyway!