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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Crafted Necklaces


Hi Everyone!

     I have been busy with my strings and beads lately. Remember my sneaky peek? The black beads? I used alternating black and transparent silver beads to create this fun thing.




     Fun, isn't it? Let me tell you a secret. I don't use the string that you can find in the craft supply store. I just don't like them. They unravel and are too slippery to hold a knot. I use Braunamid synthetic suture material. I got it from a veterinary clinic that I used to work at. It was old and expired and the alcohol surrounding the suture material had gone dry. This is flexible enough for jewelry and stiff enough to be able to easily thread small beads without a needle. And, it holds knots really well! If you can find old Braunamid, more power to you! If you google it, you can find it for sale. Purchase the cassette, not the kind with a needle already attached.

     I recently showed you a dragon necklace that I had made for my daughter's Christmas gift. She wanted something a little different. She told me what she wanted and I put it together. Is she a good jewelry designer, or what?


The dragon on its new string.

Gold, transparent teal and dark brass colored beads. This photo doesn't do justice to this stunning necklace.

6 comments:

CarliAlice said...

Very cute!I like them both. I'm not good with string design but I do some chain maille.

del said...

How beautiful! I don't make jewelry (yet, anyway, lol) so I'm doubly impressed at how easy jewelry makers make it look.

Christine Jargick said...

Thanks! That suture material really does make it super easy. I am going to need to stalk Amazon to find more when I run out...

Van said...

I love the dragon necklace, so pretty!

BusyBsewBiz said...

That's gorgeous! Your daughter has a great eye.

Stacy said...

Beautiful! Playing with beads can be so much fun :) Thanks for linking it up!