Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Moonlit Multi-strand Necklace

The multi-strand necklace was the very first beading/jewelry technique that I ever learned. I was working at a bookstore at the time, and a beading kit ended up on the clearance table for 75% off. I scooped up two of them, with the idea of using the beads for crafts.

I didn’t expect the actual project to be so appealing until I opened the kit and saw how easy it could be. That year, nearly everyone received multi-strand necklaces for Christmas.

The Inspiration:

Multi-strand necklaces are wonderful because it’s almost like bathing yourself in beads. The way the strands flow and drape is unlike any other style of necklace there is. I haven’t made any multi-strand pieces since giving up metals, and I’ve really been missing them. So I set out to find a way to create a lovely shower of beads without the use of eye pins.

The Beads:

For this experiment I threw together a mixture of interesting shapes and colors to inspire a really unique multi-strand necklace. I chose heavy metal rainbow mix seed beads, gunmetal twisted bugles, jet black Czech druks, and gold lined black diamond 15o’s.

Moonlit Necklace Beads



The Beadwork:

I replaced the traditional eye pin, bead cone and clasp necklace ends with short herringbone tubes. These became the base for a beaded clasp as well as the individual bead strands. For fun, I used brick stitch to turn the black druks into tiny little flowers, adding some green fringe for leaves.

Moonlit Flowers Necklace


I’m pretty happy with the results of my experiment. I can see using larger beads for the herringbone tubes, allowing for even more bead strands without increasing the size of the tubes too much. I really prefer the beaded clasp, since it means there are no wires to bend or jump rings to fiddle with. Simplicity is good.


6 comments:

  1. Beautiful image! It looks as if you are pouring beads into gold.

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  2. I wish that I could take credit for the photo, but it's not mine! It's an old favorite though. I don't think I would ever be brave enough to pour beads out like that!

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  3. Hi Mortira, your work is Beautiful!!!

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  4. This is beautiful and very creative workmanship! I am curious how you did the beaded "toggle"

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  5. Thanks Carol! Here is a link to a beaded toggle tutorial : http://tinyurl.com/mmccbo

    You can make them with even count peyote, or odd count for a perfectly centered toggle.

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