Wednesday, May 12, 2010


I've been trying to clear off my worktable so that I can have some room for new projects.  I have a hard time working with a lot of clutter around and that's what had happened to my table.  A lot of projects started and in little bowls, or on bead trays in various states of completion.  Well, I've made some progress, and this is the newest necklace to be finished.

I bought the art glass doughnut at a bead show last year.  I'm sorry that I don't remember the name of the artist who made it so that I could give her credit.  But, I loved the colors and knew I had to do something with it.   It sat on my worktable for months before I decided to combine it with a Cellini spiral.  I love the Cellini spiral, which is a bead weaving variation of tubular peyote. 

In a magazine I had seen a version of Cellini spiral which reversed itself.  You can see how cool it looks in the middle of the spiral where it reverses direction.  When the spiral was finished I had to decide how I was going to use it with the art glass doughnut.  I had been thinking of different ways of attaching the art glass to the spiral, using the spiral as a bail.  But, I didn't like anything I came up with.  After much fiddling I remembered that my daughter had made me a lenght of Viking knit from lime green wire.  I had the lime green silk ribbon and it had emerged as the best way to attach the glass doughtnut to the necklace.  I didn't want to hide any of the Cellini spiral by looping the silk over it, so I strung the spiral on the Viking knit and tied the silk to the wire.  

Here you can see the Viking knit wire with the silk tied in a loose knot around it.  I finished the necklace with two silver cones and a toggle clasp.  My husband and daughter think the art class looks like  girls twirling in their flamenco skirts, hence the name!  I'm really pleased with the way this necklace turned out.  I took a while to decide what to do, but I'm pleased with the result.  And, I'm pleased that I found a perfect project to use the gift my dear daughter made for me quite a while ago.

Thanks for stopping by to visit.  I hope you have a lovely day and get to create something wonderful!


  1. I love the colors in this, WOW! You really have this stitch down, and I love what you did with the ribbon! BEEEEautiful! Christen

  2. What a wonderful image of flamenco! And yellow too - how appropriate!

    I envy you your clean work space - mine is now over the entire house...

  3. This necklace is absolutely BEAUTIFUL. I love your work and will be adding your blog to my list of regular 'reads.' Wow!

  4. I love your necklace! I was wondering what you meant by reversing the Cellini spiral - did you start adding beads in the opposite direction or did you work in the same direction but add the beads in the opposite order?


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