Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Another Ugly Necklace

Throughout this year’s beading challenge, I’ve been pondering the possibility of doing a bead collector’s necklace - a project made with a wide variety of beads and stitches. It seemed like a good idea to keep in mind if I ever got stuck with a lot of odds and ends. With only a few really good projects left on my destash list, and a whole lot of beads that I didn’t know what to do with, I decided to do just that. But with a twist!

Assorted Destash Bead Mixes

I never got around to finishing the backwards quadruple St. Petersburg chain from a few months back, so I decided to use it as the base for another UFO collage. I collected up all of the singles and pairs, seed bead mixes, and assorted hopeless beads from the destash tray, and got to work constructing a new ugly necklace. This time I actually had to really stretch to get all of the elements I wanted in one piece. I was able to use up all of the remaining silver-lined crystal seed beads, and had to start adding some of my beach sand mix to keep things going.

St. Petersburg UFO

I had just as much fun putting this piece together as I did the first one. I ignored the rules, made awful color choices, and just put beads and thread together whatever which way I wanted. It was a great way to relax and recharge - like unclogging a drain and dancing in the rain all at once. I included several leftover UnFinished Objects from the first ugly necklace, too, so my work space looks a little tidier than it did last week.

The Somewhat Ugly Necklace

Have you tried any wild, crazy, or ill-advised beading projects lately?

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1 comment:

  1. Yes I have, one of my first bead embroidery pieces. The colors are gorgeous, Black, silver, lime green, but after I got thru with it and finally took a good look at it, I realized it looks like "Stripe" from the Gremlins! It's too big for a cuff, too wide for a pendant, may have to just sew it onto a black sweater and keep it myself!!! :o)


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