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Beadwork Magazine: February/March 2008
"Deco Collar" & "Marguerite Chandelier Earrings"

There are lots of photos to share this time around and you can get a larger view by visiting my BLOG Beadwork Magazine's Feb/Mar 2008 issue has a preview project from my new book, Bead Romantique, (Interweave April 2008).  In this issue, you'll get a chance to preview my Deco Collar project (pages 52 to55).  This design utilizes an odd count tubular peyote/netting  stitch using 15/o and Toho triangle beads.  The stitch is similar to but NOT the same start as what some beaders know as the Russian SpiralThose who are familiar with the Russian Spiral will notice that the start of my tube is slightly different because I had to compensate for the 15/o and triangle bead size differences. I actually didn't even know the existence of the "Russian Spiral" when I was prototyping this necklace.   I was just playing around with odd count tubular peyote after referencing Carol Wilcox Well's Creative Bead Weaving book, which noted that the effect would spiral naturally with no need for a step-up.  The first 15/o bead after the initial start is treated as the high bead in the peyote round.  The stitch can also be perceived by some as an askew "spiral netting" but the technique and beading motion is more like peyote with multiple beads to me.  The Russian Spiral is similar but starts out initially through the first 15/o bead whereas my tube starts through the SECOND 15/o bead.  By doing so, helps align the triangle beads much better, I think.  All this goes to show you that there are always more than one way to achieve a similar look.  The things you learn!  You can even use the African Helix or Dutch Spiral to get a similar effect.  Or why not substitute your favorite tube technique for the collar portion. If you experiment, keep in mind the tube diameter, as it has to fit snuggly into the cubic zircon beadcaps.

Speaking of the cubic zircon findings, the beadcaps (CA25) and clasp (CL36) are from my friends at Ezel Jewels.  You can see that I couldn't stop at one necklace, as usual, and made a second version with rhodium over sterling versions of the findings utilizing aquamarines.  Both versions I think are equally beautiful.  How decadent and  beautiful would this necklace be for a formal event? I can even see something like this for a wedding, in different  shades of white or cream.  Hmmmm... something to think about.

The earring project, Marguerite Chandelier Earrings, (pages 68 to 69) in this issue also uses Ezel Jewels' floral earring posts (ER4) and is a good match to a cuff bracelet from the book.  You'll have to get the book for the seamless cuff, but I promise you'll love it, as it is one of my favorite projects.  Again I couldn't stop at only one pair of earrings and have three other color-ways to share with you.   Visit Amazon to order your own personal copy of my book or email me to pre-order an autographed version.



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