I've finished my first bead crochet necklace. I wanted it to be a choker, so it's about 16.5 inches in length. I'm really pleased with the results. I used size 8 hex beads in colors I love. I have a lot of size 8 hex beads that I buy from my friend
Leslie. I make reversible knitted bead cuffs with them, and I use them in my freeform beadweaving also. I love the way the light reflects off of those angles! This combination happened to be sitting on my work table and I thought it would make a wonderful fall necklace. I call it Burnished Olives. I had been trying to decide what I was going to do next for a bead crochet project. I wanted to make a necklace and these colors spoke to me. Of course, this means that I'm finally moving out of my summer color mode and into fall colors, which is a sure sign that the seasons are getting ready to change. I'm very affected by the changing seasons, both with the colors I wear, and the colors I work with. But, more on that at another time.
I always try to think about what the closure will look like when I begin a piece of jewelry, and I try to use different techniques. I'd been wanting to use a magnetic clasp covered with a peyote tube and this was my chance to do that. I like the ease of a magnetic clasp, but I don't think they're very attractive all by themselves.
I used copper size 8 seed beads and made a peyote tube. I did a picot edge with size 11's in colors that coordinated with the hex beads. I then did a picot stitch down the middle of the the tube using the same 11's. I wrapped it around the necklace and zipped it closed. It moves out of the way when I want to put the necklace on. I'm really pleased with the results and I think it's going to become one of my favorite fall necklaces. Of course, I say that all the time about the newest necklace, bracelet or pair of earrings I've made!
Here are some close ups of the closure.
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