Here it is! My first creation for 2014, made especially for the Etsy Beadweavers January challenge.
This was a kind of double challenge for me, the first being that I challenged myself to learn the Dutch Spiral to incorporate it in this necklace and second and not least was that it had to be done amidst the million other things going on at Christmastime!
I experimented with the spiral first, trying out different sized beads and number of beads in the ‘bridge’ that circles on the outside of the spiral. I liked the effect of tiny beads in the bridge, which gave an airy feel to the spiral and allowed the spiral core to show through.
An image of what I wanted my finished necklace to look like was forming in my head and I set about creating it. I used the Dutch Spriral as a feature on the sides, mirroring the spiral around the neck. Where the Dutch Spiral ends, I continued with odd-count peyote spiral around the back. The central part is tubular peyote from which hangs a fringe. I wanted a beadwoven Swarovski rivoli to hang separately in front of the fringe, so I left the top part of the fringe plain as a backdrop for this.
All entries for the challenge may be seen on the Etsy Beadweavers team blog. Please view all entries and vote for your favourite by the 15th January 2014 at the link below