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Paua shell bead embroidered necklace

Sometimes the mood hits me to make a piece with absolutely no pre-planning other than chosing a couple of focals and a color palette.  This necklace is the result of just such a mood...

Most of the information you would need to create a piece like this can be found in the free chapter of my first e-book, Every Bead Has a Story, which has instructions for most of the stitches except for those linked individually below.

1. The focal paua shell pieces are drilled, so I did stitch them down before bezeling them with peyote stitch and outlining them with some back stitch.  If they weren't drilled, it would still be really easy to bezel them into place, switching to tiny little size 15/0 seed beads at the top to cinch in the bezel.

2. I added some embellishments, stitching into the back stitched rows, using the bead embroidery form of Russian Spiral stitch.

3. Stack stitch fills in the gaps.

4. I used edging brick stitch around the outsides to attach a backing fabric and to trap two hammered loops.

5. The finished pendant portion of the necklace.  I added stack stitches around the edges.

6. Beading wire neck straps with coordinating accent beads.

7. I added a piece of chain on one end...

8. ...and a handmade hook on the other.

9. The finished necklace with an adjustable closure.

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Eileen Bergen said…
Gorgeous, Cyndi! I love the paua shells and how they shimmer from lavender to pink.