Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Got some beads to show

Happy Flag Day.  I thought this flag heart was appropriate and very cute and definitely says love of country.  I didn't sleep again last night, so I had plenty of time to work on beads, and I actually have something to show today.  Imagine that! 

I saw a photo of a rope I liked on greeniezona's Flickr page.  Normally I would put the link, but her Flickr page is also filled with personal photos of her family, and I don't know if it would be right for me to direct a lot of people there.  greeniezona....if it's ok to post your Flickr page, comment and let me know.  Anyhow, I asked her what stitch it was and she said she was inspired by another necklace on Etsy.  I set out to try to figure out how to do the stitch, and after a lot of searching and a lot of help from Mandy over at Beads for Brains: 365, I figured it out.  Then it took a lot of tries and some ripping, sorting and restarting before I got it right.  And mine still never looked quite like the one from greenie or the Etsy shop...their's kind of kinked up along with the twist.  mine just layed smooth and twisted. 

I used a bronze 8/0, and in 11/0's I used gold metallic, galvanized brown, cream and a transparent champagne color.  This stitch was very easy on my hands, and I know I will do this one again in some other color/size combinations.  I really like how it looks.  And I love the colors I chose.  I took some with the pendant and some without.  I wish I knew what the stone is in the pendant, but I don't.  If you do, let me know.  Who wants to play the name game?  Any suggestions?

It is 23 3/4" and is hooked with a gold plated lobster claw clasp.  This was the first time I had made and attached a beaded bail.  I wasn't sure of the "proper" way to do it, but my way seems to have worked just fine.  Oh, and the pendant is backed real nice with a tan micro suede.


Barbara said...


Carol said...

Lisa! Its stunning. the pendant is a perfect compliment to the necklace. Pretty darn great for a new to you stitch.
xx, Carol

moonlitfantaseas said...


Beth Avagliano said...

Gorgeous! I love the pendant on it and the beaded bail is a perfect complement. What a great night's work! You are a magician.

This is another rich, elegant piece of work.

Anonymous said...

You go girl! It looks awesome!! I love the pendant with it. I think your stone is Brown Jasper, but I'm not 100% sure. Here is a link to a picture http://www.indiamart.com/stanley-overseas/products.html#brown-jasper

You'll have to scroll down some or click brown jasper on the left. It can come in all sorts of variations, but this pic looked the most like yours.

Way to go!

Abracadebra Designs said...

Hey there Lisa, Another great piece from you. Way to go! I am not good at the name game, but the colors remind me of coffee and cream. Maybe you can come up with a more original name along that line?

Robbie said...

Wow! Really, really nice, Lisa!!!

Jan said...

Nice work Lisa. I love that pendant, I don't know what it is but it is lovely.

Craftymoose Crafts said...

Awesome work, Lisa! Still trying to catch up on all my favorite blogs! Thank you so much for your kind words last week--they were much needed and much appreciated.

greeniezona said...

Very pretty! Sorry it took me so long to see this post, I just started a new job and am very behind on my blog reader!

My flickr account is totally public and I have no problem with you linking to any of my pictures there.

I'm still not sure how Mary Lou at http://www.etsy.com/people/time2cre8 managed to get her ropes so deliciously kinky, but to get mine as kinked as they were in that photograph I gently twisted the necklace several times before closing the clasp, which made the otherwise gentle twists kink right up.

And thanks for the shout out! :)