Shining Example Necklace

Happy Labor Day! If you have the day off, I hope you're enjoying yourself! Traditionally, Labor Day has marked the end of summer and the beginning of fall in the U.S., even though summer officially does not end until September 22. I always find this an awkward time of the year, wardrobe-wise. Stores are displaying their fall jackets and sweaters, but the temperature outside is still well into the 90s by mid-day. I always end up wearing odd combinations of clothes this time of year—sweaters over summer dresses, turtlenecks and shorts!

A close-up of Shining Example Necklace

Given this transitory time, it's fitting that this week's featured project is one that mixes techniques (stringing, simple wirework, and right-angle weave). Shining Example Necklace by Marcella Austenfeld (Meet a Three-Time Star) features a square focal that is made with two sizes and shapes of crystals: 3mm bicones and 4mm rounds.

If you're thinking of creating your own version of this necklace, you might play with the shape and size of the crystals, not just the colors. I had nice results with 4mm and 3mm bicones, for example, but found that using two colors of the same size crystals meant not only a larger pendant, but one where the colors fought for attention.


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This week's featured project is from the editors of Beadwork magazine. Check out the preview of the October/November issue! You'll find several collage-style projects, an exciting announcement about the Beadwork challenge, and a close-up view of Jana Roberts Benzon's amazing polymer clay beads. You'll also see photos of two future Beading Daily projects! Learn more about this issue.

Michelle Mach is the editor of Beading Daily. She is currently working on her version of the Faerie Queen Cuff, a netted bracelet project that will appear in a future issue of Beading Daily.

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