There's no denying that pearls are beautiful beads. They have a beautiful lustered shine that has been the object of many a wonan's desire since the time that jewellery making began. Can this be improved upon? Of course it can. With the new style textured pearl you retain the good of the old with the striking qualities of the new.
So, for this bracelet I've used textured pearls and smooth pearls to creat something modern but with a distinctly vintage feel.
To make the bracelet you will need to cut 1 metre of monofilament. Thread it rhrough the guardian and centre it at the half way point. Now thread both strands through a crimp and squash the crimp.
You will need to use both ends of the monofilament. Pass both ends through a 4mm pearl. The thread 2 pearls on to the right hand thread and one onto the other. Now pass the left hand thread through the last pearl on the right hand one. You should now have a pearl with thread coming out of each side. See the illustration.
Step 1. On each end string an 8mm and a 12/0 bead. String each end in opposite directions through the 8mm pearl.
Step 2. With the filament coming out of the bottom end of the pearl, string a 4mm an 8mm and a 4mm pearl. With the top filament string a 12/0 seed bead and then pass both filaments on opposite directions through the 8mm pearl.
With the top filament string a 4mm an 8mm and a 4mm pearl, withe bottom end string 12/0 seed bead and then pass both filaments on opposite directions through the 8mm pearl.
Repeat the above 2 steps until you have 2.5cm of your finished length and then repeat Step 2.
With the bottom end string a 4mm and an 8mm, with the top end string an 8mm. Then string both ends in opposite directions through a 4mm.
Now string a 4mm on each end and then both ends in opposite directions through a 4mm pearl.
String both ends through a crimp bead, then string both ends in opposite direstions through and over the guardian. Pass back through the crimp bead. Pull the filament fairly firmly so that it does not slip off the guardian and squash the crimp. Trim the monofilament close to the crimp.
Well, Christmas is over and my mind is already turning to spring and lighter colours. So, today, these new in cube beads took my fancy and I decided that I wanted to make something light and airy. This is the result.
I got out the trusty teapot to take the photograph as it hasn't had an airing for a while and I thought that the necklace would look good against the white of the pot.
The necklace is a breeze to make and cheap too. It only took 1 strand of these beads
I had a table at a jewellery fair just before Christmas but, as I was really busy, I didn't have time to post the picture. So here it is. It's a slightly different set up this time but I like the layout of the busts.
I sold the chunky bead necklaces as that seems to be the current favourite. However, in the last fair it was the finer stuff. You really never know.