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Topic: Very stuck with this sea necklace  (Read 1154 times)
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« on: January 15, 2012 01:48:35 PM »

Hello all

I have these beads, which make me think of the reflection of the moon (centre bead) on the sea, with all the little shiny light fragments on the choppy waves around it (all the other beads)

I'd really like to make them into a necklace, held in roughly the arrangement in the photo. But I don't know how. I tried weaving together lots of different shades and textures of ribbons and incorporating the beads as I went along, and it looked awful. I'm still interested in using the ribbons if possible though...here they are:

Don't really want to just line them up on a chain or beading wire as I want something a bit more unusual. Any tips?

Thanks for reading x
« Reply #1 on: January 29, 2012 03:04:54 PM »

I think what you need is a solid structure for the main focal beads, and then you can build out from there. As a wire artist my first thought is wire, but your ribbons should work too. Try centering your focal bead on a ribbon and knotting it on either side, and spacing out the beads and knotting in new ribbons at intervals. Or, try a 4- or 5-strand braid with the ribbons, adding the beads as you go.

Good luck!
« Reply #2 on: February 01, 2012 04:10:15 AM »

Maybe you should use joiners and connectors.


« Reply #3 on: February 13, 2012 03:13:29 PM »

I'd try cutting a base fabric into the shape you want, sewing the ribbons on the base fabric in whatever way strikes your fancy, then sewing on the beads in a formation you like, and finishing it by adding details with seed-beads embroidery. I think it could turn out lovely. Hope I made sense...

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