W.O.R.D.: Natalia Trukhina’s Necklace as Variation of Shanna Steele’s Copper Connections Necklace

Natalia Trukhina submitted her version of Shanna Steele’s Copper Connections Necklace from the June/July 2017 issue of Beadwork.

W.O.R.D.: Natalia Truhkina’s Necklace as Variation of Shanna Steele’s Copper Connections Necklace

Shanna Steele’s Copper Connections Necklace featured in Beadwork.

Natalia first discovered her love of bead weaving three years ago. She started stringing, but didn’t understand how to fasten the ends of jewelry to the clasp. She searched for information on the Internet and discovered the beautiful world of beaded jewelry.

Natalia loved the styles made with Japanese seed beads and decided she wanted to learn more. Inspired by the jewelry in Beadwork, Natalia has appeared in the W.O.R.D. column twice before! One of her favorite techniques is peyote stitch. She also loves making necklaces and bracelets with triangle and square shapes inspired by Jean Power’s jewelry.

W.O.R.D.: Natalia Truhkina’s Necklace as Variation of Shanna Steele’s Copper Connections Necklace

Natalia’s design features the addition of nacreous beads.

Q: How did you change the pattern to make your necklace?
A: I used the basic peyote chain, but I decided to use odd-count peyote stitch to connect the chains with beautiful nacreous natural beads in the center of the chain.

Q: Why did you choose to add the natural beads to the necklace?
A: I think this makes it more chic, as I always create accessories to suit my taste. I imagine what I could wear them with and on what occasion. Then if there are published photos and someone wants to buy it, I gladly send it to the new beautiful owner!


We love seeing how our published projects motivate readers to create their own variations. If you have a W.O.R.D. (What Our Readers Did) submission based on one of our published projects, please send it to beadworksubmissions@interweave.com and include “W.O.R.D.” in the subject line.

Photo courtesy of Natalia Trukhina.

Marissa Bouska
Assistant Editor
Beadwork magazine


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