Two years ago, when I was first learning about beading, I found a Czech glass piece that I just loved the color of. It had turquoise and browns in it. And then I found a little key charm, that I was also very fond of.
Back then, I was exploring how to work with wire. I learned that you call the jump rings and clasps, etc. “findings”. And I got hooked on using jump rings for just about everything. I thought it was nifty to be able to make your necklace or bracelet come alive when something dangles from it. Truth be known, I love jangly dangly jewelry.
Another technique I was fond of then, was making a string of beads by crocheting it beads and string together. It has a lace effect.
So, I pieced together a rose toned bead necklace with leather to match a gorgeous rose tunic I picked up in India. (I think I got the tunic at Kilol in New Delhi N-Block market.) I liked the way the leather and “lace” bead string looked together. But, the actual wearing of the piece was not good.
The beads were not heavy enough, so the string tends to kink up. You can see that in the photo. I tried handing the pendant part of the bead string, but it was too heavy and made the bead string look stretched out. What to do?
The last few days I have been taking a break from bead embroidery and have been working on wire wrapping. I have been reading the blog, https://madeinlancashire.wordpress.com Sally posted some fun wire wrapped things she made. I was inspired, so tried my hand at it. I haven’t made anything as technically advanced as she made, but I did my best.
Now I think I will take apart the rose and leather necklace and try my hand at wire wrapping the beads. I am curious to see if i will like the drape of that better than the beaded crochet string for this piece.