Monday, December 3, 2012

Waxed Linen Glass Bead Necklaces

Waxed Linen and Glass Bead hand knotted chokers

I’ve been making and selling jewelry since I was a child, but became more interested in bead work after a trip to Africa, 15 years ago, when I brought back tons of beads and supplies. Since then, I have added to my collection with beads from all over the country and the world. I started fusing glass about 10 years ago, but have been on hiatus since a young child and glass tools and kiln don’t really mix. In trying to find a creative outlet that is more practical to work on while playing and crafting with my daughter, I recently began making these simple, earthy, natural necklaces.

I’m starting off by offering the specific options below. I have enough supplies to make as many as 10 of each style. I have thousands of beads though, so if you’d like to request a custom option, I would be happy to work with you!

LENGTH: Choose a length between 15” and 20”.  Lengths are approximate, and account for clasp. I think this style drapes nicely as a loose choker, around 16” for me. In the photos below, I show both 16” and 18” to give an idea of how shorter and longer lengths drape.  All necklaces are on brown waxed linen cord. You may wish to measure a necklace that is the length you would like to determine your desired length.

BEAD: Choose a bead from the list. As I run out of specific beads, I will remove them from the list of options.

HOOK: All necklaces will have a silver hook and eye closure unless otherwise requested. I do have a limited number of toggle clasps available, but most are already on finished necklaces. You may request a toggle, but please know that most necklaces will have a hook and eye closure. You may also request gold tone instead of silver tone hook and eye clasp.

HOUSE SHOPPING: I am South Central near I35 & Riverside. If you choose to pickup from my house, you can select your necklace, try on necklaces, and view other jewelry if you are interested. I have tons of beaded jewelry that I am clearing out at as much as 75% off, so feel free to come with a little extra time if you’d like to shop. I also have lots of hairclips with hand made and vintage elements ($5 for 6 clips).

Light Green 16” (sold out, but dk green is very similar)

 Blue Swirl Saucers 18”
Red Discs 16”
Brown Teardrop 16” (note: flash makes beads look more orange, these beads are light brown)

Blue Cubes 16”
Light Blue Round 16”

Brown Oval 18"
Clasps: Toggle (limited quantity): Silver tone hook and eye; Toggle; Muted gold tone hook and eye. I generally choose the clasp that I think looks best with the beads, but feel free to state a preference if you have one. The first to request will receive the toggles where possible. The rest will be hook and eye clasps.
Pretty beads in the sun! From left to right: Blue Swirl Saucer; Brown Teardrop; Blue Cube; Red Disc; Brown Oval; Purple Diamond; Lt Green; Lt Blue Round; Dk Green.

Let me know if you have questions or would like to see additional photos!

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