I know that I have not posted much in the past few months and I admit it is becoming a pattern, that I only post when I have a Challenge reveal. I am going to get better in 2015. Anyway yes I am posting, because a wonderful beady blogging friend, Cynthia Machata asked me, and others, if I would like to play around with some really huge balls, and being the type of woman I am, I of course said hell yeah!
The big balls are actually 16 MM gray glass pearls from Znet Shows, that Cynthia had left over from a previous challenge for Znet Shows, hence the name of the blog hop "Whoops", because she ordered to many not realizing how big they were when she ordered them. I forgot to take a before picture, but here is a picture of what Cynthia did with her pearls from the Znet Shows Challenge.
I love this necklace it is so pretty and will go with just about anything dressed up or down!
When I got my package with the large glass pearls I knew right away what I was going to do, so I went to my stash and pulled out all of my gray glass pearls. I had gray glass pearls in 3 mm, 4 mm, 6 mm, 8 mm, 10 mm, 12 mm, and 14 mm in various shades of gray from very light to dark. Perfect I thought, but if y'all don't know me I am all about the Bling!, so I went to my crystal stash and pulled out as many of the same size Czech rounds in clear AB that I had to match the sizes of the pearls and what I did not have I purchased at my local bead store Enchanted Bead. Now to decide on the color of the seed beads I wanted to use, so you guessed it, I went to my seed bead stash and pulled out my metallic colors of silver, hematite, bronze, and gold. I laid each color beside the pearls and crystals and I chose the hematite seed beads in sizes 11 and 8. The stitch I chose to create my piece with is the tubular net stitch.
Here is what I created...
For the clasp I peyoted a loop using the size ll seed beads and I had some 2 mm clear AB Czech crystals that I went around the outside of the loop with and I used one of the 14 MM gray glass pearls as the other side of the clasp.
Here is a close up of the center of my necklace...
The first weekend in December was my Gem and Mineral Society's Gem and Mineral Show and I was working at the welcome desk. Well to keep busy between greeting people to the show I was working on this necklace. I had a lot of people, as well as club members, comment on the necklace and ask a lot of question about the stitch I was using and if I taught classes and so on. I told them that I do teach classes at the Enchanted Bead and I told them where the store was, so hopefully one or two will show up for a class or two.
Thank you Cynthia for asking me to play with these huge ball, Um I mean big glass pearls, I had a great time creating with them.
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