Sunday, March 24, 2013

Time Capsule: March 2010

Three years ago this month, I tried a new necklace design that is a definite favorite to this day. There is so much trial and error when it comes to trying out new beading techniques; so when something sticks, it’s a big moment. I was pretty impressed with how the design turned out at the time, but I had no idea how often it would come up again.

The simple solution of stitching a front-drilled tagua slice to some St. Petersburg chain has become a go-to technique for all kinds of pendants. I love the way that the V-shaped beadwork provides just enough space for a pendant, and makes it easy to complement a focal with little fuss. Layering more than one pendant makes for even more possibilities.

Tropical Tagua Pendant

Often when I’m faced with a beading challenge that involves finding metal-free ways to use common materials, it doesn’t turn out as nice as I would like, but this necklace was a total success, that lead to many more design ideas.

Do you have a favorite eureka moment in beading?

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  1. what a beautiful necklace! and some gorgeous beadwork! my Eureka moment is always when I see the stitch pattern actually working - ha! if only I could bead like this!!

  2. Well, my "eureka" moment had nothing to do with designing, but implementing. I had tried time and time again to do peyote when I first started beading. Everyone said it was the first and easiest one to learn. HAH! Finally a friend told me about 2-drop peyote and told me to try it first. Picked it up right away and did a couple of little bracelets, then she said to try the peyote again. EUREKA! LOL Then I couldn't figure out why I had such a hard time at first.

    1. Two-drop peyote is definitely a great way to learn the technique. The double stitches hold together so much better, so you can find your groove.


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