Change of plans

Apparently, using a magnetic clasp with beading WIRE and a METAL crimp doesn't work very well! Sometimes it is hard to believe I have an engineering degree.

Therefore I have begun the triple spiral.





With this giant storm heading straight for us, I might have a lot of time to bead. Unless of course we lose electricity. We have prepared as much as we can and should be fine.
My next project will be an anemone bracelet in shades of purple using a magnetic clasp. If it looks like I have enough 6/0 beads left, I will do another triple spiral.

Triple Spiral

Progress on the triple spiral necklace. I hope to make it long enough to slip over the head so I trying for about 26 inches. I do have a lot of purple beads but I don't have a lot of 6/0 purple beads which is the base. I have not done the triple spiral before and really like the volume it gives. I will definitely be doing more of these.


Detail view




This is the next item that will be taken apart. Pattern from a beading magazine. It is supposed to look like a gathered ruffle around the wrist.

It doesn't. Also wasn't thrilled with colors I had chosen. Too blingy or something.

On the plus side, this was the first time I had done RAW and discovered that I do like the fabric-like effect.




Bracelet is finished. It came out pretty well. I made it a little simpler than the pattern. It is a bit too long but still wearable. One thing I still struggle with is getting necklaces and bracelets the right length. Usually takes a few tries.

As I was putting the beads away, I noticed I have a vast amount of purple beads. So next few projects will be in shades of purple.



Other things

I also plan on trying some new techniques:
1. Double and Triple Spiral Ropes
2. Kumihimo
3. Peanut beads (I guess that’s not really a technique) – I bought these a while back to make cuff I saw in a magazine. Let’s just say the end result was not good. So I have these beads but I have not figured out what to with them yet.

The first time I had some of my jewelery in a craft show, the major issue people had with the necklaces was that they were too short. I use my own neck to check the length of a necklace and I had the tendency to make a lot of necklaces that circled the neck pretty closely. A lot of the items in box of orphan projects are items that need to be lengthened. Some of them don’t even fit me anymore (did my neck get fatter?). Unfortunately, the only way to make them longer is to start over.