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Seed Bead Confections
Sparkling glass seed beads are tiny, but when they are massed together
into a sculptural confection, they become something outstanding. Here
are some of my favorite pieces. Just let
me know if you want something similar in your special color.
Sparkling clear iridescent beads form the core of this necklace and
drip down like icicles in winter, icicles tipped by tiny flowers.
The centerpiece is a handmade hollow glass bead set off by sterling
silver. About 20 inches long, $75.
For a more tailored look, multiple strands of tiny beads braided
together, in 2 or 3 closely related colors, with or without a centerpiece bead, provide
a striking effect. The price is around $45.
I call these my "Furry" necklaces, as the multiple layers of beaded
loops fall softly and feel wonderful. These usually have one color
of core beads and 2 or 3 related colors of loops. A center bead can be
added. The price is about $75 to $95 in most cases.
This is another of the furry necklaces, with a dichroic glass pendant in
blues and purples in the center. About 22 inches long, $110.
One of the things I especially like about seed beads is all the
lovely bright colors they can be found in, all the colors of the
rainbow and more. I am particularly fond of the transparent
and iridescent colors, like these two pieces. With these, I
was fortunate to locate handmade lamp work beads for the
centers that just matched the seed beads, which are set off by sterling
silver accents and sterling clasps. Lime, left, is
about 14 inches long with a 2 inch extender chain, $65.
Orange, right, is about 18 inches long with a 2 inch extender
Another striking look is my seed bead "Rope". The core beads are
one color, and the beads spiraling around the outside may be the same or
a different color. Right, "Ice" in aqua and iridescent clear,
about 18 inches long, $60 A center bead or beads can be added, if desired,
as in the coppery
rope at left, with handmade lamp work beads in the center, 20 inches long,
$75. This necklace is quite strong, due to its construction.
Priced around $50-75.
The rope necklace
can also be an
expanding construction, as in this green example, where the looping
effect becomes larger towards the center. This piece is centered
with a hollow handmade glass bead and 2 lamp work beads. About
20 inches long, $75
has a lovely ruffled effect, and can be made all one color or
2 or 3 complimentary colors. It may have small glass beads hanging
from it in places. The
price ranges from $45 to $85.
Bright green seed bead loops
form the base of this luscious salad. Accented by such vintage fruit and
vegetable beads as corn, peppers, apples, bananas, oranges, lemons, limes,
pears, and strawberries, you are sure to get your "5 a day" with this
necklace. Matching corn earrings included. Priced at $200..
necklace in shades of pale green is centered with 3 vintage foiled
lamp work beads on forged sterling silver links. About 24 inches
long, completed with handmade sterling silver clasp. $145.
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