Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Wild Tiles

Disclaimer: I love these little tiles, but I can't guarantee that they're going to be wild...

I received a craft book for my birthday last year - nothing new there then - but this one captivated me.  It was a real "aha!" moment.  I'd been thinking of beadweaving as a method of making a bracelet or necklace entirely out of seed beads, this book shows that you can make components, then use metalwork or wire work to join them into a piece of jewellery.

I hit the stash, then bought a few top ups and off I went.  I finished these components back in November (along with some more for other pieces!) and there they've sat ever since.  It was time to tackle them.


Oh, I haven't told you what the book was!  It was Creative Seed Bead Connections - that's an affiliate link, if you click on it and buy the book, I will receive a few pence towards to an Amazon voucher, but if you are a bead weaver (or would like to be) I'd highly recommend it!


I completely failed to get a photo of the other side - these are two-sided components, but you can see that below.  I used a variety of combinations of gold, light blue and dark blue 11/0 seed beads with white 8/0 seed beads. 


The making up of the necklace was one of the simpler ones in the book.  I changed the layout to one I preferred, but used the joining method which was jump rings.


You can see the two different sides here.  One side (like the gold ones) is a double ring, the other side (the light blue) is a four-pointed star on top of a ring.


I added a bit of chain (it takes me AGES to get a necklace to the right length), then a simple toggle clasp, my preferred closure.


I really love this necklace.  It's for me.


So now I just have to tackle the other set of components I made!


24 comments:

Celtic Thistle said...

Nice necklace!

Alison said...

Such a pretty necklace! I must try some more beading, your makes are always gorgeous! A x

Kerryp77 said...

That is stunning wendy. It looks amazing

Purrfect Lady said...

Such a sweet necklace, it will be lovely with a summer's dress :)
Lesley xx

Anna said...

Magnifique !!!!!!!!!!
Have a nice day !
Anna

Ellie Foster said...

Dear Wendy
It's beautiful! It reminds me of a Renaissance necklace around the neck of some beautiful, elegant lady.
Many congratulations.
Best wishes
Ellie

pennydog said...

Wow that's so pretty!

JoJo said...

Fantastic job! I love it.

BTW, you should check out the Indulge Your Shelf blog...she posted a beautiful altered fabric book that I know you would just love.

Marilyn said...

Such a beautiful necklace.

Deborah said...

This is lovely! I love handcrafted jewelry!

Sarah in Stitches said...

It's such a pretty necklace! Great job :D

Stacey @ bakercourt said...

This is really gorgeous - and especially wonderful because you made it all! x

Chrissie said...

Another craft ticked off your list! What talent! The necklace is so delicate and beautiful, I would've loved to see you create it! Chrissie x

Fiona said...

So pretty and delicate... No wonder you love it ...
Hugz

margaret said...

very pretty necklace

Jane Galley said...

Lovely, and you could do so much with those "beads"

liniecat said...

Those little tiles are lovely, very pretty the way youve linked them too ~

Jules Woolford said...

That's beautiful. So delicate and charming. A gorgeous creation!

Donna Heber said...

Hi Wendy,

Your beaded necklace is gorgeous! I can't imagine the time it took to put it all together.

Mindy said...

It's beautiful!

~ Toni ~ said...

Stunning!

Lorena Rey said...

Oh it's gorgeous!!!

Carrie P. said...

so pretty!

Mara said...

Beautiful colors and very pretty.