Thursday, August 23, 2012
A Rabbit in Time Necklace
So I moved on to the necklace itself. I picked out five colors of seed beads that I thought blended well together and picked up the colors in the rabbit, muted pinks and raw sienna. It took a lot of time to bead all these strands but it was worth it. I just now notice that the twisting of the bead strands picks up the cable design around and at the top of the watch face - funny how sometimes the subconscious seems to fill in the blanks while we work!
I've had a clasp for this type of twisted-strand necklace for a few years now but have never figured out how it works, so this is just my version fidged to work with a simple lobster claw clasp. The crucial trick is that the beaded strands must be anchored at the ends so that the twist will hold. To accomplish that, I saturated the ends of the beaded strand clusters with E6000 glue. Then to cover the glue, I wrapped the glue blobs with strands of the sweetest little beads - cream colored Charlottes.
At that point, the little pocket watch key seemed to work just fine! I don't know why, but why look a gift rabbit in the mouth?