Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Here's the third necklace I finished over the last couple of days. I'm working on several, sometimes all at one time. I like using the matte black beads with the faceted and shiny ones.
I've been playing with shapes for beads, this is a hollow tubular bead with three holes in it. I wasn't sure how I might use it until I saw a design by Lorelei Eurto. I hadn't seen her necklace before I made the bead, so it was a fun moment when I thought her idea could inspire me. Her brass tube focal doesn't have three holes, but I loved how she used the two holes with wire to suspend dangles below the focal bead.
I planned to list just the bead, but decided I wanted to try designing with it myself. The colors, tone and shape of the necklace is different from Lorelei's but it caused me to think about the bead in a new way.
I used a double link chain for the dangle below the tubular bead. The bead itself has lots of interesting design and color areas, it reminds me of batik fabric designs, so the warm copper tones seemed to work really well with the color. That's one of my hand dyed costume pearls at the top as an ornament for the bead.