> After all this time weaseling out of taking photos of my work, I've been
> having fun with my new digital camera. Today's entry is a necklace that I
> love, but didn't photograph well at all.
> As some of you may have seen, the new issue of Beadwork Magazine features
> faux watermelon tourmaline necklace, made of seed beads. I loved it, and
> love tourmaline, but haven't won the lottery lately. All the real
> is priced way out of reach, and the stuff I've seen available has been
> smaller than I'd like (as in close to $100 for a 16" strand of 3.5 mm
> I was looking at the seed bead necklace, and decided I wanted something
> a more oomph. Those little beads are beautiful, and look more or less
> but the necklace had two "gotchas," in my book: I like bigger stones, and
> the idea that the essential 7 strand components were only available from
> source ticked me off. (Why not make the _whole_ article an ad for your
> bead-supplier friend)
> Marjean helped solve my problem in a perfect way: she is/was selling
> faceted roundelles in a "tourmaline mix." I bought the larger 9X6 mm
> which was perfect for my purposes. I bought 10 strands, and have enough
> over for a 3 strand beacelet.
> The hardest part, by far, was sorting the beads and laying them out in the
> order I liked. I don't own a bead board, and it wouldn't have done a heck
> a lot of good in this instance, so I kludged together a grooved pad from
> craft foam. The necklace is strung on the heaviest Cabela's GSP line I
> find (50 lb strength?), because it drapes even more nicely than 49 strand
> Softouch, IMO.
> I used a 3 strand spacer cone, because these are big beads, and more than
> three strands would have been too heavy. But in a spirit of excess, I
> the most granulated, fancy Bali I could find. The spacers, accent beads
> end cones (which weren't required, but I liked the look) all match.
> The necklace looks great in person. Really, really great, and I think
> one of my favorite pieces. Sadly, the photographs don't really capture
> Specifically, the darkest color bead (a deep teal) looks like light blue
> the photo. I'm feeling the need for Photoshop more every day, but that
> _way_ more than beads!
> Now that I made the "big" version, I think I'll make the seed bead
> modified of course, since I'm constitutionally incapable of copying
> Oh, you want the photo? It's in my usual place (I coughed the $20 and
> actually bought my space. The price isn't unusually high, and I like the
> Oh yes, I did add some more photos from the wedding, so it doesn't look
> Aunt Marie married her nephew!
> Kathy N-V