Crystal Spiral and Fringe Necklace

Here it is! My first creation for 2014, made especially for the Etsy Beadweavers January challenge.

 

Handmade beadwoven necklace with crystals and fringe by Joanne Zammit gr8jewellery

Handmade beadwoven necklace with crystals and fringe

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

http://etsy-beadweavers.blogspot.com/2014/01/voting-for-january-2014-rising-star.html

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About gr8jewellery

Hello and welcome to my blog! I'm Joanne and I live on the sunny Mediterranean Island of Malta with my husband , two teenaged sons and a dog named Neo. I am a lifelong crafter and lover of vintage and handmade. I sew a bit, paint a little and bead a lot :) I create unique and original items, sometimes made from sea finds including natural sea urchin shells collected from the seabed around the Maltese Islands by my husband and sons. We are lucky to be surrounded by beautiful clear waters and they like to make the most of it in Summer! I am then lucky to have such wonderful shells I can use in my work. :) Please click on the Creative Space tag from the list below to see works in progress. Thank you for visiting!

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