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Sunday, June 17, 2012

Necklace: Hecate

Finally, it's done :)

I was having trouble with fringing for a while, at least in the bottom area. In the end I decided to add just a simple amethyst drop with some seed beads and 4mm Swarovski bicones along with some blue sandstone beads.
Jeez, I think I tried out three different kind of fringes at the bottom, and no matter how many I tried, it just didn't look good. Still, it looked kinda naked and I felt that something needs to be added, and I think personally that the drop does it.

As for the sides, I already had a fringe pattern in mind that I felt would work. At first though, I added the beads I wanted to work with out on the bead mat to find a sequence that would make it. For that fringe I used 11/0 and 15/0 seed beads, freshwater potato shaped pearls and 4mm Swarovski bicones.

After wearing it, I found the piece looking just finished, but yes, it is also very heavy on the front. I decided to add some heavier beads as a counter weight in the back of the necklace.

Besides the materials I've already mentioned, I used mostly 11/0 seed beads from both Matsuno and Miyuki, but also 11/0 and 15/0's from Toho.
The two cabochons on the lower sides are spangled glass caboshons. The center piece and the smaller ones are black onyxes, the redish one in the bottom, I have no idea; I received it in a mix. At first I thought it could have been some coral, but I rest that case since it doesn't really have any of those resemblance - instead I think it's a dyed milk quartz... I have a milk quartz in my collection, and this stone actually has the same surface shines that the milk quartz has, but in a different color.
The stones next to the focal are blue sandstone chips and the blue crystal like cabs above the spangled glass ones are just simple glass flat backs.
As foundation, as always, I used Lacy's Stiff Stuff and of course Ultrasuede for the backing.


Halinka said...

OMG!!:-)This is fantastic!
Very beautiful and 'serious' necklace.Lots of fine details,fabulous cab bezels,fringes with pearls and the nice,delicate closure.I am really,really impressed.
Warm Greetings-Halinka-

Signy said...

That is absolutely beautiful!

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