When I made this necklace, I needed to figure out a way to get the flowers to sit flat and not dangle around like they do for most of the pieces I make with this type of bead. I still wanted to be able to use the pretty stacked seed beads on a headpin for the center. Nothing if not picky huh?
My solution ended up to make it a wrapped figure eight loop in the back. Still using a two inch headpin, instead of a single loop, make a double one and bend it so it lays flat, parallel to the bead. I still had space to do a wrap at the top of the link, which keeps the bead from flopping around. Now the flower is ready to be added to your chain. One the white flower necklace there are little three or four link sections of chain in between each flower.
Before I got into clay – yes, there was a Before – I did jewelry with wire and chain. I STILL use wire and chain but back then the Wire was the big part of it. So this weekend when I moseyed on over to Saskatoon to do the 20th Annual Christmas Fair at the Western Development Museum I also got to visit the Ring Lord. The Ring Lord is a wire worker and chain mailler’s dream and it’s comparatively close to me. In Calgary it was 8 hours away.
We got to stare at the sheer volume of wire and rings everywhere…
see the industrial maille maker in action…
and even roped the very patient proprietor into posing with us (well, with Cindy) for a picture.
Everyone was very patient with my fan girl clicking away and ooo-ing over all the pretty wire. There’s a few more pics over on Flickr.
I sliced a finger up so was putting off diving into the ton of mixed clay blends I have while it heals. Instead, I went and dug through the tub I keep my swap items in. Buried in there were two sweet strands of beads – one by Muriel from PCC and another by Bob Wiley of Faux Wood fame – from a swap hosted by Rebecca Wells a few years ago.
The faux wood beads were simply restrung on black stretch cord for myself – it’s a super change from flowers. The ‘scope beads were wired up. I’m not sure where they’ll end up! But what fun!
On a side note, this is the 100th post on this blog!