I was so pleased with the earrings I decided to make the whole set. Not a straightforward as you might think.
It was easy to make a bracelet using the same pattern, I even added a matching clasp made with the same SuperDuo beads, but then I thought, ‘Why not make a necklace too?’
This needed a little more thought. If you’ve ever made a necklace with coin shaped beads, you will know that it will twist and turn and just not behave itself if all the coin shaped beads are centrally fixed. This meant that I had to make the joining pearl clusters slightly off centre on one side, allowing the necklace to curve beautifully, as well as lay flat against the nape of the neck.
This lead me to another ‘problem’. I decided I wanted a bigger central bead. No problem I thought, just add another round of SuperDuos each side. But it wasn’t as simple as that, I had to double up for one, putting two SuperDuos between the beads in the previous round. Then came the question of joining the two sides. The same method of RAW was far to lumpy and bulky between so many beads, and too stretched if I put it between every other bead. So I had to use a slightly different version of RAW, then weave beads over the top of it, to allow me to add the pearl clusters. It was also simple to use the same chain as in the Calendula Necklace too.
I think it worked out rather well myself.
Now I just bought some of the new ‘Silky’ Beads, two-holed tile beads, but with the holes going diagonally through the beads. There are a few tutorials out there, but not many, so they are calling me right now.
I'm Teresa, the designer and writer of the tutorials you see, and a bead addict.