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by: Lee Metsalo
We usually think of thread as one of the elements that holds a bead project together, but who says it can’t be the focal point? This pendant was created by using a bezel setting as the frame for string art, and adding a few embellishments.
When making the string art piece, you will need to maintain even tension throughout, start to finish. DON’T LET GO! If you let go, it all falls loose and sloppy and you get to start again. This only took me half an hour, but you need to plan accordingly.
While the glue is drying, you can assemble the rest of your pendant. The pearls and druks and a few seedbeads were strung in random patterns on headpins, with a closed loop on top. These were linked to a larger lavender bead on an eyepin, in turn linked to the bottom of the pendant.
Add a jump ring to the top of the pendant to make sure it sits flat once you string it to the rest of the necklace.
String the necklace. In this case, I cut about a metre of softflex to start, as I hadn’t decided at that point how long the necklace was to be. I started with the pendant, put a few druks and pearls in front, and strung up both sides simultaneously. The seed bead groups started as 11 beads, and I increased two beads in each section the further up the back I went. This necklace talked to me in matching sides, but random patterns work too. Every once in awhile I would use the bead stopper on the ends of the softflex, try the necklace on and test for length, and then keep going.
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