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.
Squares, tubes… and now I know how to make peyote circles. Thanks to this great book by Carol Huber Cypher. Mastering Beadwork, A Comprehensive Guide to Off-Loom Techniques.
I taught myself how to make these circles by following along with the instructions on pages 64-68.
The first two were laughable. You won’t see them. I took them apart already.
One thing you should know, if you make these. Do go back through the first 3 seed beads at least once. Or the thread will be really loose in the center and enlarges as you go. At least, that is what happened to me on two of them. One exception: When I wanted to insert a button in the center, I didn’t reinforce the starting beads. As you can see in this photo.
I made two pairs of earrings. One with buttons and one set without. I like them both.
The necklace is still a work in progress. Several more hours of designing. Will show you when finished. See the 2 long black metal buttons. I have had them since the 60’s. Can’t remember what they were on. Probably a coat. I am going to try to incorporate one, maybe both, into my design.
Sometimes it takes me awhile to come up with an idea. A day. Weeks. Even Months. But this time it was over a year.
I bought these Nylon Loops at Fire Mountain Gems & Beads. Not because I wanted them. Not because I needed them. But because I needed extra items to reach a higher discount level. Yep.. Haven’t you ever done that? Thankfully, I don’t do it often. Or my craft supplies would take over.
These little circles don’t take up much space. Which is why I totally forgot about them. As you can see I have lots of colors.
Ideas started whirling around once I opened the package.
This is what I ended up making. Using gold plated findings.
I’m using silver for the tutorial set I am working on. Maybe brass or copper findings for the next ones. And I am thinking maybe 8 circles for the necklace instead of just six. Have to experiment. Will go with what looks balanced.
BBL with a tutorial so you can make your own necklace and earrings set.
This is what I have been working on for the last several days. Jewelry made with 3 1/2mm braided macrame cord. The cord I use for purses and belts. It makes up larger so it doesn’t take many knots to create something.
8 or 9 Square Knots and you have a pair of earrings. They are very lightweight. I wore a pair for an hour and totally forgot I had them on.
This next pair I created from 3 strips of cord and added some wooden circle beads.
Here’s a bangle bracelet made with just square knots and larger wood circle beads.
Necklace was created with a length of square knots and chain links on both sides with a silver clasp at the top. Large wood circle beads hang from the cord. They move freely across the knots. Ribbon crimps and jump rings connect the cord to the chain links. It measures 22″.
Supplies used for necklace, bracelet and earrings: