Hi--I'm a rugweaver and beadweaver located in Panama City, FL. Here I'm trying to put down where my ideas are headed, and what I'm working on creatively, in both media. You can see more of my work at emiliepritchard.com
Thursday, December 20, 2012
Red Gemstone Necklace
Since I've been doing these tube necklaces in nickel silver beads, I've wanted to use the same techniques in a piece made from gemstone beads. This is the first one. It's made from brecciated jasper beads (the dark ones) and red agate beads as accents. I like the way the colors bring out the geometry of the piece. Stone beads are a little slower to work with, because the holes are so small, but I like them, and will probably do more. I used fireline for thread. I mostly have been using monofilament nylon, for the extra body, but it's too bulky in these small holes, and I've found that if I make an extra pass all around the circumference as I end each round of hexagons, I get sufficient body. By the way, I've experimented with different sizes of tubes, measured by the number of hexagons that make a "row", and for the most part I find a 4 hexagon circumference works well. That's what I've used here.