Hello! I finally got around to ordering some stuff from online to try my hand at making strung necklaces. I've never made them before, and I made all these in one day!
All of these were made with 21 strand Accuflex, pewter toggle clasps, and sterling silver crimp tubes. One thing I did learn, crimp tubes can be TOO BIG. I ordered several sizes because I just wasn't sure which ones I needed. When I crimped on my first necklace it looked terrible. I thought I was being retarded with the pliers, but then I realised the crimp tubes were too big for the pliers I was using. Lesson learned-- I guess that's what destash is for.
This is the very first necklace I made. It reminds me of tomato plants! Or tomato soup. Anything tomato-like with a touch of cream, I suppose, due to the muted colours.
It's green and orange-red semiprecious stones (not sure what type, i really need to save packaging and pay attention, but I was excited).
A picture where you can better see the beading pattern:
I wanted something more visually interesting than alternating the beads 1 to 1, so I did a pattern involving three at first, then just alternated after that. the center stone actually came from the "Boss's Bead Bag" from Fire Mountain.
Another necklace with a three bead pattern for interest:
A close-up of the beads:
I really love how vibrant the colours are on this one!
A necklace and bracelet set:
They're made with the same beads, but have different patterns because I thought that would be more interesting. I actually remember what these ones are, too. The green beads were quartz, and the others are chalk turquoise. I actually have two green colourways that were very close so when mixed together I thought they just gave the green colour a little more depth.
Just the necklace:
It's pretty long so it can be doubled, and I prefer it that way because the beads are on the smaller side (or maybe I just like giant beads).
A victorian inspired necklace:
Made with fresh water pearls, and yet again the center piece was from the bead bag! A pleasant surprise.
Close up of the toggle calsp:
I bought several different types of toggle clasps and I thought the heart one I got would be sweet with this necklace.
And the "pear" necklace:
The beads are pretty large on this one, I think I measured them around 10mm across both ways. I love the size! Also with a specialised toggle clasp:
The green beads were just so pretty and muted and reminded me of pears (not as bright as their apple cousins :p).
As I said, this was my first time and I made all of these in one day. I am so addicted! It was more fun than I thought stringing beads would be, and I even enjoy crimping. I find it rewarding. I had planned on just making a few of these, but I definitely need to order more supplies and make more, because I enjoy it much more than expected.
Whew, long post. Thanks for reading!