Monday, January 12, 2009

You gotta have seeds!

If you want your necklace to be supple, and hang well, especially at the bottom, without gapping and showing the stringing wire, you absolutely need seed or e beads between the bigger beads. As a design element, the seed beads set off the important beads; and add color or not--they can be neutral, contrasting colors, or reinforce your main color. The color and size of the seed beads you choose can change the entire look of your design. I use size 8/0 to 11/0 (8 to 11 beads per inch).

Take a look at a couple of examples:
http://us.st12.yimg.com/us.st.yimg.com/I/beadaze_2032_23240339

http://us.st12.yimg.com/us.st.yimg.com/I/beadaze_2032_28489866

http://beadaze.us-dc1-edit.store.yahoo.net/I/beadaze_2037_1635077

http://beadaze.us-dc1-edit.store.yahoo.net/I/beadaze_2037_2965722

The little beads become a sub-pattern of your design, and/or fill in the area from collarbone to clasp.

1 comment:

Deb said...

another option is to knot between each bead, esp if you are using focal beads. and bead caps will really dress things up.