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Rings of Saturn

About this design:

It all began with a handcrafted Boro Glass Bead. The bead is from a glass bead artist and goes beautifully with Red Jasper and Yellow Jade. Using the glass "Ring" trapped between 2 large beads of Red Jasper for the center section , I added a few large Yellow Jade beads, then fabricated the necklace sides using a spiral bead work stitch.
Starting out with butterscotch and gold lined seed beads, tiny 2 mm beads of Red Jasper I used chip beads of Yellow Citrine to transition from the larger center section. After a few inches I dropped the Citrine beads and just used the seed beads so the sides of the necklace would taper and feel comfortable around the neck.

For the clasp I used another bead of Red Jasper and embellished it with seed beads to look like a sun symbol and made a loop of seed beads to complete the clasp.
The completed piece has a decidedly astral look to it.


1 Large hole Boro glass art bead "ring" 3/4" to 7/8" 12 mm Red Jasper beads 10 mm Yellow Jade beads 8 mm Red Jasper beads 6 mm Red Jasper beads AND 192 tiny 2 mm Red Jasper beads Citrine chip beads seed beads 11/0 in Lt. Gold seed beads 10/0 in Butterscotch charlotte size 14/0 beads in 22 kt gold lined Fireline Flexible 49 strand beading cable 14 kt gold filled crimp beads 14 kt gold filled crimp bead covers

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    jmwoll says:

    This is such a beautiful necklace. I am a huge admirer of the symetry and balance you made as well. I just learned to do a spiral stitch but have no idea how to do the working spiral stitch you created here. The chip beads along with the 2mm beads is a wonderful transition, however. I cannot find out how to do this online… Can you or anyone advise me as to where to look?
    Thank you
    J Woll

  2. Kathryn Lobert
    Kathryn Lobert says:

    Ohhhh – I really love the colors and designof this piece. I am also like J Woll – a lover of symmetry and this one is just so beautifully balanced. Stunning!

  3. Jeannes Gems - Gem Chick
    Jeannes Gems - Gem Chick says:

    Your beadwork is amazing. The transition from smaller to larger appears effortless.

  4. sunny chick
    sunny chick says:

    A truly gorgeous design! Great work! :D

  5. OK Jacki
    OK Jacki says:

    Stunning work.

  6. Miannda
    Miannda says:

    Unexpected and great color combination! Really like it!

  7. Sonali
    Sonali says:

    Large beads transition into finer beadwork – a neat concept. The clasp is very original and I cant wait to steal that idea one of these days :) . As Miannada said, unexpected, but cool.

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    franny says:

    beautiful colour combo! red & yellow together these days…intrigued how the colour balance alters in the transition from macro to micro…especially like the citrine chips with tiny red pops of jasper!

  9. NY Bella
    NY Bella says:

    Wow! This is gorgeous!

  10. KatsAllThat
    KatsAllThat says:

    Stunning work…well done!

  11. Asia
    Asia says:

    Gorgeous,beautiful work :)

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