was submitted by Linda - see pictures of her work at LaLa's
Tin Cup Necklace below done by Gail
Devoid in one of Linda's Bead Retreat Classes. The necklace used a silver
barrel clasp, blue jade beads, white miracle beads, blue square crystals,
and silver-lined 11/0 Czech seed beads. Strung on black silk cording,
Gail finished the necklace in Linda's class. Quick and easy, this necklace
is fun to wear!
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This style necklace was worn in a movie call Tin Cup. It
features a few beads spaced on a cord. Similar to an "Illusion
Necklace," which may be strung on an invisible cord. The nice thing
about this necklace is that you will not need a ton of beads to make
it. If you have a few special beads, you can use those and some other
beads to highlight the special ones.
One package of 6mm silk cord, color to complement your beads (comes
with a needle on the end) - black ususally works for most beads
Findings for the ends (2 clamshell beadtips)
One clasp to match your bead tips
Spacer beads with large holes (I keep 3 bone beads that are in
various lengths. Like ½" and ¾". I may use
2 sizes on one necklace, but one spacer bead will work for this
Beads - This is up to you! (I use 2 sizes os semiprecious gemstone
beads and I use 2mm or 3mm sterling silver or goldfilled beads.)
You can also use chips or any bead you think is pretty enough. The
number of beads you will need depends on the length you want to
make this necklace.
Select the beads that you'd like to use and plan on a smaller bead
like 2mm goldfilled beads. You can also use a nice seed bead instead
of athe metal bead. In fact, it is suggested that you do not use metal
beads on silk as it may fray the silk. I use the metal beads all the
time and my silk has never frayed. I like the "glitter" of
the metal beads. (The purpose of the small bead is that if you use a
semiprecious gemstone bead, the holes are sometimes too big and the
knot may slip into the bead.)
Make a knot to start. (Remember, you always
have to tie your knots in the same direction. This technique is very
similar to tying pearls.)
Put on a clamshell and slide it to the knot.
Make a loose knot and slide it up to the clamshell with your awl.
(I have to use my thumbnail to tighten it up.)
Put on a spacer bead about ½ " to ¾" long
and make a knot and slide it to the spacer bead and tighten it.
Take the spacer bead off the silk.
Put on a 2mm goldfilled bead and any beads that are part of the desgin
you've chosen and another 2mm goldfilled bead.
Make a knot and use the awl to slide the knot next to the last bead
and tighten it down.
Repeat steps 4 - 7 until you get the length desired.
To finish, you will want a blank spot and then make a knot and put
on your clamtip and make one more knot to fix it into place.