Friday, May 1, 2009

Pearl Torsade - It's Alive, I Tell You - It's ALIVE!

8 Strands - 6mm x 8mm teardrop freshwater pearls, mauve-grey - China
10 Grams - Size 10 Rainbow Light Amethyst Matte Delica cylinder seed beads - Japan
150 (approx) 5mm round brass coated pewter beads - China
75 (approx) 4mm Tanzanite AB2X bicones (art. 5301) - Austria
Various Miyuki and other Delica colors - size 15 and size 11 - Japan
Brass Rolo Link Chain - 3 inches - Antique, origin unknown
Brass Colored Pewter Toggle Bar
50 Yards (approx) Fireline - 20lb Test - United States
2.5" Big Eye Needle
Thread Zapper
Nylon Jaw Flat Pliers

Well, not really - but I've been feeling a bit like Victor Frankenstein, obsessed with my own creation.

The materials include 8 strands of teardrop pearls, about 75 Tanzanite AB2X 5301 - 4mm, 5 vintage amethyst Swarovski crystals, 150 brass spacers, 2.5 tubes of size 10 Delica Light Amethyst and a few size 11 Delicas in the same color. And nearly a full spool of Fireline.

Here is a closeup of the center embellishment

Figuring out the closure was a nightmare. When I ended the piece with the peyote stitch caps and the little "ruffle" of size 15 Miyukis, I was planning on using a magnetic closure so the two ends would "kiss" closed. Didn't work - the necklace was too heavy for the magnets. Then I created a toggle set from matching Delicas:

Ugly isn't the word. Two additional attempt were even worse. But last night, I had a brainstorm - and this is how I finished it:

Material Cost: $250 (approx)
Time to Complete: 100 hours
Difficulty: 5 our of 5

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