The Hardest Part of Necklace Making
Last weekend, I started a new necklace making project using a huge crystal stone and an antique Chinese carving I bought from the FamilyonBikes Etsy shop. Designing the focal point of the necklace was structurally challenging, but I had a clear vision in my mind of how I wanted it to look. Making the necklace straps, however, was a whole other problem.
At first, I thought about making a single strap on either side using herringbone stitch. But I couldn't figure out how to attach them securely. Then I thought about making one long herringbone rope, but again, the weight of the pendant pulled on it too much for me to feel comfortable wearing it. Finally, I went through my sketchbooks from last year and found a drawing I did of a three-strand beaded rope necklace that I wanted to create. The three herringbone ropes will be the perfect combination of structure and shape to both support and complement the focal point.
But not every necklace making project that I design works out so easily — or so quickly. It's easy for me to come up with ideas for the focal points and pendants, but when it comes to adding the straps, I struggle. I feel like I'm really just not that good at designing flat beadwork for necklace straps, but I don't want to just use jewelry stringing every time I need a strap for a necklace making project. If you're like me and you get stuck when it comes to making the necklace straps of your necklace designs, here are a few ideas to get you thinking a little more creatively:
Of course, it always helps to keep a sketchbook handy full of ideas for finishing your necklace making projects. I also include pictures that I cut out from fashion magazines or print out from websites that have gorgeous beaded necklaces that I want to translate into bead-weaving projects.
Are you bored with the same old ideas for neck straps? Take a look at The Art of Forgotten Things. You'll find dozens of ideas for using things like ribbon, chain, bead-weaving, and bead embroidery to create fantastic, artistic neck straps for all of your necklace making projects. Dabble in a little bit of mixed media jewelry making with techniques for using found objects, ribbons and fibers. You'll be inspired to use your favorite bead-weaving stitches with all sorts of new materials to create unforgettable beaded necklaces.
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What's the hardest part of necklace making for you? Is it designing the focal point or the pendants? The finishing touches like adding a clasp? Or are you like me, and you freeze up when it's time to add a strap to your latest beaded necklace design? Leave a comment here on the Beading Daily blog and share your necklace making challenges with us!