Ohmygosh...I made this piece, Portal to Dreams, such a long time ago, but somehow I think I neglected to ever write about it! This was back when I wasn't as careful to get good process pictures, so I only have a few to show you. But the basics of making a piece like this are actually fairly simple. You can get pretty much all the details you need by going through my step-by-step instructions found in the free first chapter of Every Bead Has a Story. There you'll learn stack stitch, edging brick stitch, how to back and finish a piece with a clean edge, and how to make and attach the beaded straps.
The sodalite slab that I used for a centerpiece had a hole cut into it, so I took advantage of that by doing some gold wire wrapping. At the bottom of the stone, I fashioned a wrapped loop to later allow dangles to hang freely. The beadwork surrounding the stone was done entirely in stack stitch, mostly with larger beads at the top of smaller sized bead "stalks".
A couple of beaded straps and some beaded dangles completed the piece.
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