Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Work in Progress: Magatama Collar

Last week I had planned to share the final rings that I was making to take with me to the craft fair, along with a promise that it would be the last ring update. Unfortunately, I was so busy preparing the rest of my inventory that I never got the chance.

Now that the fair is over, things are back to normal on the drawing board and the bead tray. This week, I’m just finishing up a piece that I started during the show. I brought along a few favorite bead colors and enough thread to start a project or two, to keep me busy during slow periods. On the second day, I nearly finished a pretty new collar with opaque blue and green seed beads and lovely little 8/o magatamas in transparent lime.

Chevron Collar in Progress

The new chevron lariat that I was working on for Set turned out great! It took some time to find just the right accent sizes, and I ended up with some additional colors like blue and green. Still, the Christmas beads added just the right amount of personality. My favorite part of the design is the colorblocked fringe. I find myself returning to this style more and more often since Apep, and loving the results.

African Trade Bead Lariat

What are you working on this week?

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  1. You mentioned using "transparent line". What is it that you use?

    1. Hi! It's actually transparent "lime" - the color of the magatama beads. So far, there are no ideal beading threads that are are completely transparent. Those clear threads that do exist are either too stiff or too weak for beadweaving, although Beadalon does make a transparent stretch cord that is very popular for stringing. I always use Fireline in either Smoke or Crystal - it blends really with with just about any bead palettes.


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