Thursday, September 27, 2012

Herringbone Ice Pendant

Although the weather is still warm and summery around here, I thought it was time to finally tackle a particularly tricky, and very wintry bead from the destash tray last week. I’ve had this ceramic focal for years, leftover from an Emily Carr inspired necklace, and I thought it would be perfect in an elemental pendant.

Ice Bead Palette

I combined a variety of blue and white seed beads, including some destash selections: Ceylon pearl 6/o, white 4mm cubes, sapphire hex cuts, and a new strand of blue cat eye rectangles that were left over from some custom work. I had a little trouble deciding on a pattern for the herringbone beaded bead, because I didn’t want similar colors too close together. In the end, I had to place the pearl and white beads together, but I like the contrast of finishes.

Ice Y Necklace

The elemental pendant series is turning out to be a great outlet for leftover beads, and a fun way to combine colors and themes. So far I’ve got Light, Earth, Fire, and Ice. Rather than focus on just the four elements, I’m taking a more fantastic approach, and drawing on all the different incarnations of nature. The possibilities and options are very inspiring. Before the weather does turn white, I’d like to tackle Flora and Water.

While I was stitching the pendant, I set up the camera and put together a little inspiration video, to complement last week’s herringbone tutorial. This time I added some captions for a little filler, and I think it is an improvement over my first sped-up beading video. I’d like to do more variations on this theme - any suggestions?

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  1. Thank you so much!
    It's really a great and fast idea!!!!

  2. Great inspiring tutorial! If only we could really bead that fast :)

  3. I just wanted to ask you one little thing, how do you cap the ends of a herringbone rope with a larger bead or druk?

    1. There are a few different methods. In this case, I simply string them, because the herringbone is short enough. For longer ropes, it involves stiching back and forth from the druk to the rope, passing through the inside. I'll have to add the rope method to my tutorials list!


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