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Black Onyx bead necklace

August 24, 2009

Double string black onyx necklace

I made a double string black onyx necklace  for myself. I saw one of my mom’s friends wearing a similar necklace . It was very pretty and quite traditional. I wanted one to go with my saree too.

I used 0.015″ gauge wire to thread the onyx beads. I put in antique gold bead  spacers to bring out the contrast. I also finished this with gold filled clasps. I bought the beads and the findings at 3 beads and a button beadstore. This is my absolute favourite store to buy beads and the folks who work here are very  friendly and helpful. I go in there from time to time to browse through their collection of beaded jewelry.


Weekend Project

December 16, 2008

My husband’s family is meeting up for Christmas and we are all heading towards Tahoe.
When there is a Christmas party, there is gift exchange. There are about 4 young girls in this group and I thought I will make them all some jewellery. For some of you it might seem like a small task to make jewellery for kids but not for me!!

I usually think about what to make, browse designs for hours and then figure out where to buy them and how to make them.. A lot of hours go without me actually picking up a bead to string!!

Anyway, this weekend was perfect. It was raining heavily and my kid and husband were watching a movie.

I went to the beading store closest to my house and browsed there for a while. I didn’t have an idea of what I wanted and the range of colours and beads there just overwhelmed me . I was going through aisle after aisle admiring all the beads for an hour before I decided to buy some wiring material such as Soft Flex 0.015″ ,some clasps , a string of black bead chips and a string of black onyx beads. Black is my favourite colour and I thought if the kids didn’t like it, I might as well wear it .

Now, I was ready to start the first necklace with the beads and the tools in hand. I wanted to make something dainty for the kids to wear, not too heavy and chunky. I did not want beads on the entire length of the necklace . It seemed like too much. I took a length of wire and strung 30 chips in it, moved these beads to the centre and strung 2 crimp beads on either side to keep the chips in place. Finally , added the clasps and it was ready to go. I thought it looked nice and didn’t take much time. I have to make corresponding earrings but 1 down, 3 more to go… I will post the picture very soon.