For some reason, I thought this stitch would be hard. It isn’t. At least the one I am learning isn’t. The basic spiral stitch. After the initial beads to get started, it is just add one color A and three color B. That’s it!!
I used up some small lengths of beading thread to practice. They came out good enough to use. Not long enough for a complete one piece necklace or bracelet. I had an idea for loops. Circles. I like loops and circles. So I made a loopy necklace.
Beaded toggle can be worn on the side or in the back. I love making these beaded toggle bars. I made this one really skinny. String 14 beads (flat even count peyote) and sew 4 rows (4 beads at the top and 4 at the bottom). It was tight zippering the sides but it came out great. I usually do 5 rows but think from now on, I’ll just do 4. Seems sturdier.
Seedbeads are 8/0 in bronze and root beer (topaz). Core beads are topaz. They are hard to see in the photos but really pretty.
I have enough gold links to make a bracelet. I think I will make it so it can be used to extend the necklace and make it longer. So it can be worn as 2 pieces (necklace and bracelet) or just a long necklace. Thinking… always thinking.
I worked on this necklace most of yesterday. Wanted to finish it so I could move on to something else.
How about Bead Happy for a name? It reminds me of little faces. Smiling faces. Need to pick another name. Just saw Bead Happy in the book I am learning from. I’ll come up with something different. Circles and Chains. Circle Art.
I took over 40 photos trying to get the best pictures I could. So I will bore you with 2 more.
Supplies used to make this set.
8/0 seed beads in black, bronze, green, blue and white
black 11/0 seed beads for loops to hang circles
sterling silver ear wires
jump rings – silver plated, 6mm & 4mm, 20 gauge
vintage black metal oblong buttons
Bead Smith silver wire with copper core, 16 gauge, running thru peyote tube
Black Lace chain links – 36″
2 small lobster claws to hang small length of chain holding circles
2 rondelle shaped glass beads holding tube in place on the wire
To create the 8″ peyote tube, I strung 80 size 8/0 seed beads.
For closure, the chain link loops around the black metal button on the left side.