Studio Wednesday on Thursday

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Last weekend I nourished my creative spirit as much as possible as I adjusted to my new schedule. I dedicated myself to creating and finishing a necklace for my “Grow” polymer clay pendant. With the help of my brand new mini bead spinner, I threaded a bead soup of pale blue, green, yellow, ivory and crystal seed beads onto my hand dyed silk cord. It was a little tricky at first to slide into the rhythm of needle and spinning bowl but I finally got the hang of it and then the beads literally jumped onto my needle like eager participants in play. As I eased myself into the flow of the spinning beads, I was reminded of my early school days when I loved jumping Double Dutch. You really couldn’t think about it, you just had to close your eyes and navigate by your inner compass and spacial instinct. In other words, jump in!  Once my cord was saturated with tiny beads, I started crocheting a simple chain stitch, catching one bead in each chain. I made 3 strands like this and tied the ends together.

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My next step was to create small bead caps/cones by weaving the beads in a herringbone stitch. I covered the knotted  silk cord ends with my beaded caps.

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I found a small textured silver toggle clasp in my stash and attached it to the silver loops coming out of the bead caps. I’m still deciding whether I like this clasp for this necklace. It is very easy to put on and take off the necklace so that’s a big plus. And it’s small size goes well with the delicate feel of  the necklace. I’ll have to wear it a couple of times to see how it works.

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Using 20 gauge sterling silver wire, I created a curled spiral bail for my pendant and threaded the strands through the curls.

Curls of soft misty colors. Silvery rebirth spirals. Crystal drops of rain.

Spring is here.

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4 comments on “Studio Wednesday on Thursday

  1. Arline says:

    Absolutely love it, Karen! Very innovative. Good for you for keeping up with your beading even though your life has changed. As I have discovered, change is not always bad.

    Arline

  2. Frivolitea says:

    That necklace is beautiful! Thank you for sharing.

  3. artandtea says:

    Thanks Arline! Yes, change is always happening and can teach us many things. 🙂

    Hi Lynn, nice to see you here! Thanks!

  4. tracy Lamon says:

    Hi there Karen,

    I too have found the Treenway silks website and thought the Montano silks looked beautiful. I may try some of the ribbons, knotted with my tahitian pearls. Are you using their fine cord for your projects? which color is in your photo? the ocean color looks fabulous. Your “grow” pendant peice is beautiful. I am in Hawaii (Maui) hard to find supplies here.

    Thanks for posting your ideas,

    Tracy Lamon

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