I dug into my seed bead cabinet and decided it was time to start foolin' around with the long magatama's again. They look so darned nice in jewelry any way one uses them. I am fascinated with their shape to begin with. This is an ingenious shape in my opinion. lol ! Right now, I can think of a few ways to incorporate them into necklaces, bracelets and earrings and that's about it however, I'm thinking they would look great in some bead embroidery as well. I haven't tried that but it certainly would add some dimension to a piece. I'm guessing someone somewhere has tried it although I haven't seen it yet. If anyone out there has seen them used in a embroidered piece, please drop me a note and let me know cause I'd LOVE to see it !
Anyway, so far, I've put together 3 pieces using these little seed bead gems. One is a finished necklace I think I'm going to wear at a wedding. The other two are waiting to be finished. I need a couple of supplies I had to order and am waiting on. I found a new way to finish off the ends I want to try and need those supplies to do it. I'll talk more about that in my next post. :)
In the picture below, the gold and silver necklace is finished and the perfect length for me. It took me a little longer than "normal" to braid it because I hadn't made a beaded kumihimo necklace in a VERY long time. lol ! I think it turned out very pretty. I've always wanted a piece with silver and gold in it. I intend to make earrings to match and possibly a bracelet that I'd wear separately.
The other two are also necklaces but as I mentioned before, they're unfinished. Don't ya just hate waiting on parts ?? lol ! I love the way both have turned out !! I'll post full pictures of everything when they are finished and give details. :)
I must say, it feels GREAT to be productive again ! I am enjoying beaded braiding again too after a LONG hiatus. Thankfully, I had just about all I needed to get these necklaces up and running. :)
Time to get my day started. Thanks so much for coming by ! I hope you come back again very soon !