Monday, April 17, 2017

Waves - a beaded necklace tutorial


Unfortunately, I do not have any step-out photos for this necklace.  I actually made it a long time ago, back before I was keeping a blog with tutorials.  But the theory behind making a necklace like this is simple enough, so I'll share with you how it came to be.

"Waves" features a lovely four-holed fused glass pendant by Jeanne Kent of New Terra Artifacts.  It also contains Chinese turquoise, green onxy, amazonite, sodalite, fresh water pearls, crystals, seed beads, and my own lampworked glass beads.  My glass beads provide the structure for the design.  I mentally spaced out the large-holed beads and created the necklace straps in several passes.

The first pass went from the clasp down through one outside hole, across the bottom to the next hole, and back up through that one, creating a second necklace strand up towards the staring point.  A third pass wove back and forth between the two strands, attaching them and adding more bulk to the almost finished first half.  The lampwork beads were particularly helpful since they had holes big enough to accomodate many thread passes.

A second set of strands was stitched on the other side.  After both halves looked fairly balanced (balanced but not identical), I began adding peyote stitched ruffles to each side and to the bottom.  These ruffles helped fill in gaps and make the entire design more coherent.  

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