I thought I would try something a little different... so I bought 10 oval "rings" for added interest. With the necklace above, I put a bead inside the ring (these oval rings had holes on each side so I could put the silver wire into the side of the ring, then right into the flat bead and through the other hole of the oval ring so the middle bead stays in the middle of the oval ring).
I then wire wrapped the segments together - alternating segments with a plain bead and two small silver beads - alternating with the "oval" shaped ring with the flat bead inside and a silver bead on each side of it segment.
Connected them together, got to the length I wanted and put a clasp and ring on each side
TIP: I always use a clasp - even if I can put it over my head without it so I can use it as a bracelet (check the length of the necklace to your wrist before finishing) or to wrap around a pair of my boots or around my ankle... or whatever. I have also used clasps to wrap a beaded necklace around the straps of my top (instead of around my neck) so the necklace drapes down in the front between the two straps of my top to create a unique look
Below is the finished product!
Silver and Black Oval and round bead necklace
Above is a necklace using o rings and oval and round beads with two small silver beads on each side of the round bead. Wire wrapped between the segments. Approximately 30 inches long.
This necklace is a little longer and uses flat oval beds and silver ""o rings between the segments and a silver bead on each side of the plain round bead. On my white top... the contrast looks so nice. I like to wear this necklace!
At work, I attach my security pass to it so it can work as a pretty sparkly lanyard as well which receives compliments
Using the silver rings between the bead segments captures the eye and you can make a longer necklace using less beads!
A Girlfriend gave me an elastic bead bracelet and I felt that the elastic is not as durable as a wire wrap bracelet so I plan on using the whiter beads as a bracelet and perhaps use the smaller beads with pins as the charms
TIP: I ALWAYS set out my beads before hand - not just to see how the beads looks together but also to make sure I have enough beads before I start
I use a paper cup (cut in half) and put my grouped beads into the bottom of the cup, then I can stack the cups into my plastic shoebox. I try not to buy more beads than can be contained one shoebox and it is convenient to have everything in one place available when I go to my friends house on Mondays to teach the beading technique to them - for our beading parties!
I think this will be a necklace - I have set all my beads out first so I can see that I have enough of them and also that they all work well together . Perhaps I'll use some silver O rings to add some colour and interest!
Above is my plastic shoebox containing all my beads, wire, tools and smaller storage containers
Have lid - will travel!!! I also have a piece of fabric that I place on top of the lid when I am "bead weaving" to prevent the beads from rolling around
I can turn the shoebox lid upside down and use it as a "mat" during construction and it is ideal because it has a "track" around the outside that acts as a "wall" or barrier to keep the beads from rolling away!!
I use small plastic containers to store groups of beads and use the lids to keep the beads I am working on together and to prevent the beads from rolling away during construction of the item
Be creative & Happy Beading!