Saturday, June 26, 2010

Well, I'll be.....

Much better pics of my Allegany Rock Necklace

The 4mm bicones are Palace Green Opal - aren't they a beautiful shade of green?
I used the size 8 clear beads for the edge to mimic the heavy clear glass of the furnace beads.  Speaking of the furnace beads......

Look at how substantial they are -
they're huge!
The earthtones mix I chose came with different sizes and shapes and colors in greens, browns and tan.   Some were even striped. I love the rich brown color.  I wound up using some of the mixed stone strand I bought awhile ago (from Artbeads too) to bring in the color of the rock. 

I'm really pleased with the results.  I don't make a lot of necklaces, and I really don't feel like I know what I'm doing, so to have something come together without a real plan, well, that just makes my day.
And then it hit me -- wasn't one of those Toho Ring Kits I bought awhile ago these same colors? 

So I dug it out (surprisingly, I knew right where it was!) and whipped it together. 

Tell me - could it be any better of a match????? 
Whoop Whoop - score!
(So I'll take this opportunity to again gush about those ring kits Artbeads carries - I've loved every one I've made!) 

Now on to the dreaded sewing of my Tuscarora Class Project.  . . . . .
I found out the stuffing is called  "Warm and Natural".  First I had to cut it into strips.  Yeah, lots of fun! Not.

Then after stuffing and sewing it with a running stitch along the edge, I had to put on the (hateful) bias tape edge.  Hated every second of it - especially when the needle punctured right through my leather and aluminum thimble.  Talk about a pain in the .......finger tip.

But, it's done now and Tuesday I will be adding the glorious glorious fringe edging.  I love fringe!

Bead Happy and Often!

FTC Disclosure:  I received the furnace glass beads free of charge from Artbeads in exchange for my honest opinion and review of the product.


Lisa Criswell / Indigo's Beads said...

your necklace turned out great! what stitch did you use for the rope of the necklace? omg that ring is glorious too. and how lucky for you they match to a T! can't wait to see your tuscarora project with the fringe on!

Bellesanbeaus said...

all of it is so beautiful! love the necklace and the ring..such a great thing to happen that they match! But that tuscarora project...oh i shall have dreams tonight of it!!!! it is so awesome! Big hugs beth

Craftymoose Crafts said...

How lucky that the ring kit matched your newly created necklace!

I love your Tuscarora piece more every time I see it! It gets more glorious with every addition!

Gypsy said...

The clear beads you used look just like lace on the finished piece!! Woo-hoo! How beautiful is that!

Robbie said...

Only you would end up with a 'ring kit' that matches a necklace made on the fly! Go figure!! Loveley necklace!!

Pursuing Art... said...

Your Allegany rock necklace and ring to match is beautiful and what a match they are!! You did a great job and it is such a nice feeling when something comes together without a plan. ;-)

Six Point Star...I love it! Looking forward to seeing the fringe! Bead on...XO