Beads

Peacock pearl necklace

At my girls’ primary school, the annual Trivia night is coming up in a few weeks, so I thought it would be a great opportunity to make something for the silent auction that accompanies it. I wanted to make a necklace and after browsing through my magazines and Pinterest boards for inspiration, decided on a multistranded longer necklace.

Last week I went to the Craft and Quilt Fair and picked up a strand of textured freshwater pearls—they have a unique knobbly texture. I combined them with some peacock coloured Czech druk beads interspersed along some peanut shaped brass chain from Vintaj, and a strand of tiny peanut-shaped seed beads in a matte peacock combination. Then I joined them to a Vintaj flower on each side, and added more chain around the back. No clasp as it’s quite a long necklace, especially on little me.

I hope it does its part in raising money for the school!

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Beads

Pearl Brocade necklace

Sometimes (OK, quite often) I buy special beads and just keep them for a while, waiting for the inspiration to strike. And when it does I put the beads together in a little container so that I can find them when I have time to actually make something. I’ve got a few of those little projects waiting for me …

Here’s a necklace I finished last week for my Mother-in-law. It was supposed to be a birthday/Mother’s Day gift, but life kept getting in the way of beading.

It features a gorgeous ceramic pendant with a black and white brocade design from Peruzi. Natalie makes some lovely pendants (and cabochons too), as well as great beads. I found some freshwater pearls in the same shade of pearly white and paired them up with black Czech crystals.

I’m so glad you like it Sue! (and Mum, there’s something in the works for you coming too!)