Peyote necklace

Enjoy adding one or more of these useful elements to your beading repertoire designed b)< Kat West

Al first glance, it's easy to think of this complex necklace as a single project, but when you lake a closer look, you'll find four distinct and practical techniques, l'irst, learn to stitch a bezel around an irregularly shaped cabochon. (The brooch above is also an example of this technique.) Second, try a sculptwaj peyote spiral as shown 011 the

W-lilSiiuoti 1 Uuadaiultnitbiii.ciNii front half of the necklace. Third, stitch a simple peyote spiral as shown on ihe back half of the necklace. And fourth, use spiral tubes to hide the closures (see inset, right), which are pairs of magnetic clasps.To unify the disparate elements, use beads of similar colors in each section, and then embellKi the necklace freely With coordinating' beads.

Spiral Cylindor Necklace

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Cabochon centerpiece

[1] On a comfortable length of thread, pick up enough 1 Is seed beads to go around the perimeter of your cabochon about Vs in. (3mm) inside the outer edge. Add or remove a bead, if necessary, so you have an even number of beads. Tie the tail and working thread with a surgeon's knot (Basics, p. 138) to create a ring. Go through the first bead strung, and then work a round in circular, even-count peyote stitch (Basics). Keep the tension fairly loose.

[2] Remove the protective layer from one side of the tape. Press the tape along the outer edge of the cabochon, so the tape extends '/«in. beyond the edges. If your cab has sharp angles or an irregular shape, cut the tape into sections, and work with small pieces (photo a). On a curved edge, make several small cuts in the tape's outer edge to help it conform to the shape.

[3] Remove the protective layer from the tape, and position the peyote strip close to the cab's edge, adhering the strip to the cab (photo b).

[4] Continue working in peyote stitch to fill the space between the peyote strip and the cab's edge, and then add a row or two past the edge (photo c). Increase or decrease (Basics) as necessary to follow the lines of an angular or irregularly shaped cab.

[B] Chang, e to working with cylinder beads, and cover the edge of the cab and

Necklace front

Virginia Blakelock developed the technique for this sculptural peyote tube, which she refers to as a Cellini spiral.

[1] On 2 yd. (1.8m) of thread, pick up two 1 Ps, two 8®s, two 6®s, two 4mm bicone crystals, two 6°s, two 8®s, two llBs, and two cylinder beads. Leave a 1-yd. (.9m) tail. Go through all the beads again in the same direction, and tighten the thread so the beads form a ring.

[2] Working in tubular, even-count peyote stitch (Basics), pick up the same bead type as the bead you just exited (photo e). Step up (Basics) at the end of each round. Keep the tension tight.

[3] When you've completed one fewer than the desired number of spirals (in the necklace shown, that would be four of a total of five spirals), sew back through the line of crystals. Set the thread aside.

[4] Thread a needle on the rail. Work one round of peyote using 6°s and one round using 8°s. Using 1 lcs, work as many rounds as needed to create a tube that will reach about halfway across the cab at the point where you plan to attach it to the necklace. Set this section aside. [5] Repeat steps 1-3, making a shorter tube (two of a total of three spirals) or as desired. Then repeat step 4, making the tube of ll®s about 1 in. (2.5cm) longer than the tube on the five-spiral section.

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