Sunday, October 21, 2012

Purple Salmon Necklace

As the destash challenge starts to wind down, I find that I’m either using very few beads per project, or oodles and oodles. Last week, I tackled my last carved bone fish charm, and nothing else.

I’ve already combined one fish charm with blue tagua, so this time I went with purple. Rather than do a really easy chain, I decided to splurge on time and beads, and go for a chunky rope design. Although it requires a lot more work, the rope provides a much simpler backdrop for the charm duo.

Purple Tagua Fish Charm Necklace


I matched the bone fish with matte vanilla seed beads, and added some dark transparent amethyst 8/o’s. I blended the two colors together with some wisteria lined crystal, and got to work. Luckily, Russian spiral takes very little time to weave, and I was finished much quicker than I expected.

I had hoped to do a few more charm and tagua combinations for this challenge, but I’ve decided that the flower tabs I have in the destash tray are just too ugly to waste on pretty tagua slices. I don’t want to spend time fretting over how to make them pretty - I’m sure it’s possible, but I have so many other projects to do that are going to turn out on the first try.

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4 comments:

  1. It is very cute and charming... I loved it!!!

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  2. oh man! that is gorgeous! the beadwork is stunning and I love the colors! That fish charm is awesome ... but what is tagua? so interesting!

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  3. Thank you!

    Tagua is the nut or seed of the ivory palm. They are a highly sustainable bead material - the trees shed the nuts naturally - and are incredibly versatile because they take carving and dyes so well. Definitely one of my favorite bead types.

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  4. Very useful, and beautiful- I have had a go at Russian spiral too. I am very happy about it. ( http://atradimutakeliais.blogspot.com/2012/10/a-necklace-secret.html)

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