This necklace was created by threading head pins through beads and chain to create a fringe. It’s an interesting idea and I think I am going to explore it a bit more. This version, with pretty abalone and too-bright red Czech crystals isn’t a winner for me. The idea, though, I like that…
(I have no idea when this necklace was made…I’ve had it for years, but I don’t remember it at all…hmm.)
This necklace is made of wooden beads covered in colorful Decopatch paper and strung on silk duiponi.
Instructions were published in Handcrafted Jewelry in 2010.
Today I wore two necklaces (as promised) but honestly, I do this a lot.
The shorter choker is from the old days and I made it as part of a collection I did for Bedizen called Vegas Wedding. We had a lot of love- and wedding-themed charms and that desert palette. The necklace is strung on memory wire, a product I really like for making chokers. It can be worn with out actually choking the wearer.
Those beads are a mix of Czech glass and some vintage 40’s carnelian glass rounds that I had a 10 lb. bag of at one time. I used them in so many collections I thought they’d never run out. Sadly, they did. Bone dice, stars, flowers are from China. The small red beads that are coming off the memory wire strand are real red coral from back before we realized we shouldn’t be making important animals like coral into beads.
Those painted ceramic bird beads? I had forgotten all about them and now that I remember them I dug out the name of the folks I purchased them from. I think I need more.
The orangey long necklace is made of many, many strands of silver-lined red glass beads. It’s really a hank; strung on cotton thread and knotted. It was a gift from a friend after I came to her wedding ceremony. It’s really pretty and I don’t know if she knew I would wear the hank just like that or she thought I would restring it. I like it as-is.
It’s a perfect summer necklace as it’s bright and really disco-looking but also doesn’t actually match a single thing I own.
Currently that ‘not quite matching’ element is very appealing to me.
Coral, wood, metal spacers.
There used to be a metal ribbon tassel hanging from the coral but it broke off.
I keep this because I like the color.
I think I need to rework it.
This necklace is faceted green garnet beads with smokey quartz and a crystal point. There is a really lovely old Bali clasp on the back.
I strung this rather heavy necklace on fine Soft Flex. Those garnets have the teeniest, tiniest holes you could imagine.
This is an example of a necklace that is a complete dud to me. I never wear it. Somehow it seems so plain and not at all ‘right’ with any outfit.
I think I’ll cut it up and try again.
Have you ever done that?