I am obsessed with shiny, sparkly things and since discovering how flexible and easy to sew crystal chains are I have been incorporating them in almost all of the piece I make.
I love these chains, for me they are the solution to every beading problem I can come across. if I can not find a bead that I think compliments a piece I can surely find a crystal chain that could do the job.
I have posted a couple of pieces using chains but this piece here is the first one I made using a crystal chain (and bugle beads for that matter) which explains why I have only used a little bit.
I hadn’t used crystal chains before at all and I didn’t know if they would go around round pieces without getting too stiff or how they would lay on the piece. So when I bought my first piece I only bought a foot of it , thinking that would be enough to experiment with and if it wasn’t what I expected it to be then I haven’t really wasted a lot of money.
But when I first laid eyes on the chains I knew I would be hoarding them!! They are just amazing. I tend to go with 2-3 mm crystal chains and I prefer AB crystals, the problem I have is that the size and type of crystal I like is hard to find in a silver setting. Most of the ones I have found come in a gold setting which is nice but cannot be used in a predominantly silver/cool toned piece. For those I would need a silver chain to have it blend into the piece.
I started this piece using a cabochon featuring a book cover art done by Tom Bagshaw called “Forbidden Sea”, written by Sheila A. Nielson.
I planned this piece specifically with the chain in mind. I also wanted to try something else out. When I do a piece I do a bezel and then a couple of rows of beading around it but I wanted to see how a piece would work with just a bezel and no other beading and that is part of the reason why the bottom half of the piece has no beading around it except for the beads that finish the edge. I like the effect it gives but I specifically remember it was very hard to finish the edge off on that part because I had cut the material flush with the edge of the cabochon, which made it hard to put the needle through the backing and sew on the beads.
I kept the beading to a minimum; I added my chain and did one more row of beading to encapsulate the chain and I was ready to finish the piece off.
For the edging I used these wonderful bugle beads on the top and decided on a Swarovski crystal on the bottom connected via a bead chain to the piece.
LIST OF MATERIALS USED:
- 35MM CLEAR GLASS DOME CABOCHON
- 14PP SWAROVSKI CRYSTAL AB CHAIN
- 11MM CRYSTAL AB SWAROVSKI CRYSTAL PENDANT
- 3MM VITRAIL FIRE POLISHED ROUND BEADS
- 6MM OIL SLICK BUGLE BEADS
- METALLIC NAVY BLUE SEED BEAS SIZE 11/0
- TRASNPARENT MEDIUM SEA GREEN SEED BEADS SIZE 11/0
- SILVER LINED TRANSPARENT LIGHT AMBER SEED BEADS SIZE 11/0
- MATTE TRANSPARENT DARK BLUE ZIRCON SEED BEADS SIZE 15/0
- TRANSPARENT AMBER SEED BEADS SIZE 15/0
- FIRELINE THREAD 0.006” IN SMOKE GREY
- LACY'S STIFF STUFF
- BLACK ULTRASUEDE
- 1.5-INCH BASE METAL PIN BACK
- E-6000 GLUE