Friday, February 11, 2011

Don't Laugh. Okay, You Can

This is my first real "beading" attempt. The only reason I tried it is because I have a favorite pearl necklace with a broken clasp. I can only imagine how much money the jeweler would charge to re-string and re-knot the thing. (Especially after they charged me $15 to replace the battery of my running watch a few months back -- I had the $2 replacement battery, but couldn't remove the backing.) I decided to see if I might be able to learn to do it myself.

Thankfully I was able to find some tutorials and a video on YouTube to get me on my way. As you can see, it's not the prettiest thing in sight, but I was able to practice stringing and knotting.

I think the main problem with this necklace has to do with the knots (even though they were four strands thick). The knots are slightly smaller than the holes in the beads and doesn't keep the beads in place so they slide around a bit. I think I will cut this sucker apart and start over. And see if I can buy another strand of those turquoise beads. I bought the last strand in the store, but I'd like the necklace to be a little longer.

As for the pearl necklace? Well, I have a lot of practice ahead of me before I take it apart.

(The inspiration for this necklace came from here. I really dig the orange + turquoise together. I'm an orange-kind-of gal.)


christy said...

ooh i like that orange and turquoise ensemble.
keep practicing and you'll get the hang of it.
you should have seen the lady string my pearl necklace in Hong Kong it was amazing to sit and watch her do it so well and so fast. cory is going back, he should get it on video.

Diane said...

one piece of advice . . . jewlery making for dummies (that's me!). Love that cheapo book!

LK said...

Love the colors on that. You might look for a new jeweler. Mine replaces batteries for free (I supply the battery).