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It’s time to vote again on the monthly Etsy Beadweavers challenge. Even if you don’t choose to vote, please take some time to look at the beautiful work created by my fellow team members. Please click here to visit the Etsy Beadweavers blog (etsy-beadweavers.blogspot.com/2012/05/voting-for-may-challenge-nautical.html).
This is my latest netted necklace. (I guess I’m in a netting phase.) I fell in love with the “Ruby Picasso” Czech glass beads. They are glass, but they almost look like gemstones. There are bits of gray and brown running through them. There are two shapes of the czech picasso beads – the big drops, and the smaller flat rounds (is that an oxymoron?).
It is a bit hard to see from the picture, but there are two shades of seed beeds in this – matte ruby, and matte red. The matte red forms a shape in the middle of the three center areas.
I used fireline, which is incredibly strong, but then felt it needed more substance so I went back through it again with the fireline. The only thing I am not happy with is the way it kind of wrinkles. I don’t know if this is the weaving or the beads. It isn’t really noticeable unless you are looking at it closely, though. The overall effect is beautiful, I think.
Next time I think I am going to try waxing the thread.
magazine had an article about the importance of waxing thread to keep an even tension. Most of the people I know don’t wax, particularly Fireline, but perhaps it is worth a try.
I have a few more of the focal beads left, so I’m sure they will appear again somewhere.
I finally finished my triple spiral necklace. It was VERY time consuming to make, but I really love the results. It is MUCH prettier and more elegant looking in person than in the photo. I love the rich colors and subtle spirals. I made a beaded clasp to accent the back. I am listing it on Etsy!