Friday, July 27, 2012

Fish Bones and Swamp Water

Last week I was in the mood for a quick and easy project. I wanted to use one of the carved bone fish beads that I had purchased on a strand awhile back. There are so many, I’m not sure I’ll ever make it through them all, but it’s the kind of thing you have to tackle one bead at a time.

I tried using multiple beads in my first fish bone project, and it turned out kind of weird. This time, I wanted a simple Y necklace, with a palette that would really complement the interesting carved design. I went to the destash tray first, and selected some gunmetal E beads, and aqua fire polish rounds. I added a dash of emerald green 11/o’s, and some dark teal 6/o’s, plus a whole lot of black seed beads to back everything up. I even snuck in a solo green Swarovski bicone that's been rolling around for awhile.

Fish Bone Palette


I love the somewhat murky, mysterious quality that all the greens have when paired with black and gunmetal. They all look right at home with the fish pendant. This time around, I skipped the reverse daisy stitches and did the entire necklace in what I’ve been calling pea pod stitch.

Fish Bone Y Necklace


I still have quite a few of the gunmetal beads left, but so far they’ve proved very useful. I’m looking forward to seeing what they do next!

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6 comments:

  1. How do you do the "pod"? Do you start with 3 threads, one for the center beads and one on each side for the seeds and then go up through the middle for the connecting sections?

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  2. Thanks ladies! I do the pea pods with a single thread, which makes the entire chain really strong, thanks to multiple passes through the shared section. I'm still experimenting with the technique, but I hope to have a tutorial for it later this year.

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  3. Love the necklace. Great texture and color that really sets of the fish bead!

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  4. very nice. I'm liking the peapod design :)

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