Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Work in Progress: Cobalt Rope

This week I’m having a great time working on a new fringe necklace with some cool striped elements. I had been craving a design with black and white stripes and a single chromatic color, but the design I wanted to do is a lot different than what I ended up with. At first I was thinking of seed bead strands with single-bead black and white stripes, but as I started to develop the idea, I ended up with big color-blocked patches instead. I still want to find a way to make the little stripes happen, but I’m really enjoying the current project.

Cobalt Fringe Necklace in Progress

I’m almost ready to add the fringe, which will also have some big black and white stripes, and probably some yellow white-hearts. Meanwhile, my helper and I have started on our first medallion of the year, featuring a teal and copper Czech coin. When I did my bead clean up, I moved all of my coin beads from my overflowing “Assorted Glass” tray to the mostly-empty “Cubes, Hexes and Triangles” tray. This prompted him to choose emerald green Toho triangles to go with the coin, and so far it’s looking gorgeous.

Blue Cobra Necklace

The blue fringe necklace from a few weeks back turned our really great. I ended up using the red white-hearts after all, and they definitely work well with the turquoise strands. I had enough of the 8/o blend to add a few of each to every strand with a nice pattern. I did end up with about 5 gunmetal beads leftover, which I’ll probably add to a bead soup at some point.

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  1. I'm making six flat spiral bracelets for a custom order and memory wire braided cuffs.

    1. Sounds fun! I miss working with memory wire - such neat possibilities.

  2. I really enjoy your blog but seldom comment. Please know that beaders out there are grateful for your work! Love your creative use of color. Thank you.

    1. Thank you, Evelyne! I'm glad that you're enjoying the blog. I have so much fun, and readers like you help keep my creative wheels spinning.

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    1. Thanks! It feels SO good to be getting back to my regular beading habits, and just making things that I like.

  4. Would you mind if I recreated something like this (your second design)? I just learned how to make beaded rope (Score!) and I had no idea what to do besides adding 15 beaded ropes together at once lol. This again is another awesome design.

    1. Experiment away! I'd love to see what you come up with.


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