Forever 5: My New Jewelry Line

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Forever 5. This is what I am calling my jewelry line with the watchfaces. I thought about it. A lot. And I think it perfectly describes what I am making.

This necklace took several days to make. Lots of trial and error and starting over. I selected this watchface to practice my “surround” stitches. Not netting. Don’t know what you would call what I ended up doing.

I started off with a 2-row brick stitch base to go around the side. 8/0 black seed beads.

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For the bottom, I made a peyote circle. This took hours since I wanted it to align with the beads around the side base. It took me 4 attempts to get it perfect!!

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Next, I added a silver picot edging, sewing under the “bridges” of the black base.

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Then I added a black picot edging, going in and out of the silver metal frame around the watchface. And created a peyote bail (11/0 seed beads) for hanging.

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Here’s the beginnings of the necklace. Using 8/0 seed beads in black, topaz, bronze and clear. Larger topaz glass beads separate the seed bead sections. And 2mm sterling silver beads ease the transition from one to the other.

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To finish off the look and bring in the topaz color of the beads in the necklace, I added a 3rd picot edging, sewing into the brick stitch base.

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For the clasp, I used a toggle bar with topaz Swarovski crystals on the tips. And a sprocket for the toggle ring.

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And done!!

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Supplies used for this necklace.

  • 8/0 seed beads
  • 11/0 seed beads
  • glass rondelle beads
  • 2mm sterling silver round beads
  • 5mm silver plated round beads
  • sprocket for toggle ring
  • toggle bar with Swarovski crystals on tips
  • jumprings (welded and open)
  • watchface
  • crimps and crimp covers

This is a This Year’s Dozen original design. Please do not copy or post anywhere without my permission. Thanks.

Peyote Circles Necklace Is Finished

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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. 🙂

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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.