If you have been with me for awhile you know I have a customer who often brings vintage jewelry and beads to me for repair or update.
A big departure from the Bear Claw Necklaces project I blogged about earlier this year is a necklace she would like me to do for her. It involves gorgeous clear crystal rondels in graduated sizes, the thread being knotted to leave space between each bead.
The thread is broken and unraveling. I cannot tell but what it may have been completely broken at one time or had some other beads along this thread for there are no knots there. One end of the box clasp is missing.
I decided to redo it with what is here and not add anything but I needed to keep the spacing with the knots. I loved the novel design (new to me at least) and wanted to challenge myself.
The vintage necklace got a little bath - strung. Usually I unstring beads for their bath. But on this one, I didn't want to have to use a caliper to correctly string them in graduated fashion, so decided to cut them one by one as I did the stringing.
My first thought after measuring the spaces was to use 3mm bugle beads and crush them later. Wow! Problem solved, or so I thought.
But the size 10 silk Bead Cord I purchased to simulate what had been used before would not fit through the bugle beads. I looked up the hole diameter of size 11 seedbeads and saw that they were a little larger than bugle beads. They are generally 1.8mm long so I decided using two would work; they didn't fit on the cord either.
Well, seedbead size 6 did fit over the cord. I put four crystals on with these as spacers and crushed them just to make sure the space was right. It was a little short but that was not the worst of it. Crushing these glass beads cut into the silk thread and caused it to fray looking very unsightly, certainly not safe!
Voila! - - - A process in place, clicking along . . .
Until I got to the bottom of the curve and realized the beads on the curve were looking crowded. Easy enough fix - just lengthen the spaces.
But now the beads look a little jumbly on the bottom - a couple bunching together and leaving a super large space. Hum! I think I need to finish the piece and mull this over a bit. Perhaps glue on the cord in the middle of the space - but that will take away the free flow of the piece. Do I care? I don't know?!?!?!?
It was great to put the finishing touches on this necklace - here was familiar territory. Here is a picture of the finished piece. Still not sure how or if I will change the bottom curve.
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