Thursday, November 18, 2010

Metal to Glass and Necklace Eighteen

Right Angle Weave Chains

Fashion magazines are a great source for inspiration, for anyone that creates clothing, jewelry or accessories. There are so many fantastic colors, shapes and textures to explore, reflecting the current style trends.

While flipping through an old copy of FLARE recently, I came across a clothing ad with some fantastic jewelry pieces in it. One necklace that really stood out was a multi-strand design that appeared to be made from zipper teeth or Omega chain in gunmetal or patinaed silver.

The shape and texture of the necklace was so intriguing. I started musing about whether or not beads could do the same trick. Eventually, I came up with an idea to create a multi-strand necklace using right angle weave.

Dark Blue and Purple Seed Beads

I chose a selection of purple and blue seed beads, and got to stitching. It’s amazing how much faster RAW seems to work up when you’re only doing one row. It was actually quite relaxing to weave each chain. When they were done, I assembled the strands using a modified odd-count peyote, then attached a clasp.

The necklace turned out exactly as I had hoped, with a very soft drape and just a hint of texture. I love the look of the chains, which have the same feel of plain seed bead strands, but with a totally different attitude. And it was so much fun to make!

Violet Chains Necklace by The Sage's Cupboard

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  1. Thank you! I'm so tempted to make more in different colors, but even single strands of right angle weave are a lot of work!

  2. Can I copy this design? It would not be an exact replica of course! As I don't have the same beads or colours and neither am I as experienced as you are.
    But multistrand necklaces are my weakness! I cannot resist this temptation! Will you allow me to follow2 this design?

    1. Thank you for your request! The best way to learn is by making, and you are most welcome to take inspiration from the designs that I post - for personal use, of course. ;)

    2. Thank you so much! And I don't sell my pieces so it will be completely for personal use. :) You have made me fall in love beads... <3 :D


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