Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Bead Table Wednesday -- Through the Keyhole

I have a pretty large bead stash.  I don't just hoard beads, but stringing materials, too.  I have everything from stretch elastic (four sizes, three types at last check) to wire (sterling, copper, bronze, Parawire, brass, and gold-filled in a ton of gauges).  You get the idea. 


Sometimes I get so used to doing things in a particular way I forget to explore deeper into the depths of my bead drawers.  The other day, I wanted to make a porcelain ring necklace, but was running woefully short of large sterling silver rings, and turned to something I haven't used in ages -- waxed linen.



I have this lovely array of colors because I've taken two classes with Stephanie Sersich and learned her Spiny Knotted Bracelet and Necklace techniques.  I've made a few, like this:


But after a while got sidetracked and put the waxed linen away for beading wire and went back to my regularly scheduled programming.

Today, however, I wanted to make something different, and pulled out the deep red thread.

I've fallen in love with long necklaces, so I just kept knotting and knotting red and then turquoise ceramic beads, some corrugated vintage brass beads, a keyhole ceramic pendant, and a length of sturdy brass chain, and came up with this.


There's a bit of off-white linen ribbon tied below the keyhole as well.  If you want a keyhole piece like this one, visit Kylie Parry's store by clicking here.


And that's what was on my bead table today.

Enjoy!




Lori Anderson creates jewelry for her web site, Lori Anderson Designs, and wrote the blog An Artist's Year Off.  She's also a contributor to Art Bead Scene.

29 comments:

  1. Lovely! The colors are gorgeous too!

    I've never used any type of cord or ribbon in my jewelry because I'm not the best at knotting, and I am unsure about the strength and durability of these things. One of these days I'v got to give it a try.

    Happy Wednesday!

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  2. So pretty. I'd love to work with cord or ribbon, just haven't figured out how to make it work with lanyards.

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  3. Now this is my idea of [outside the box] I LoVe LoVe LoVe it!! You've really outDone yourSelf with the coLors & technique ♥♥♥

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  4. I love waxed linen, too, and also did Stephanie's spiny class.
    Funny, waxed linen has been on my mine lately and even dreamt of a design this morning that I need to play with.
    Love the red and turquoise combo - one of my favorites.

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  5. So pretty! I usually buy in bulk when I find something I like and then promptly file it for another day. It would be a treasure hunters dream to go through your stash, or mine! I know there are things I have long ago forgotten. I love this necklace. So pretty those pops of color. Enjoy the day!
    Erin

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  6. How lovely, its a beautiful design!

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  7. Love the red,turquoise & vintage brass...gorgeous.

    I thought it was the law that jewelry designers had to have a bead stash??? At the very least mulitples of very thing...

    I often surprise myself what I find...
    Have a great day.
    Cheers

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  8. Love both of them. They turned out really nice and different.

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  9. Lots of wonderful things on your bead table today, Lori! Lovely colors as well!:))
    Hugs, Sanda xoxo

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  10. Beautiful necklaces!

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  11. Beautiful necklace - really beautiful. Your stuff is ALWAYS so beautiful.
    I finally bought some spools of beautifully colored cord and leather and my insane dog chewed them up - ughhhh....note to self - don't leave anything that smells like a chew toy on the floor - container or not the smell must be too alluring!!! :)
    And I am in the mood to do long too!!! Thinking plain tanks with long necklaces.....summer's calling??? Leather with charms... wire wrapped strands with beautiful pendants...so many beautiful options...

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  12. Love the colors, I really want to try using linen cord, I feel like I am all thumbs though. I am really liking long necklaces these days too!!

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  13. Gorgeous necklace! The colors are just stunning, and that Kylie Parry piece I want to eat!

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  14. Very beautiful! Love the way you added the bit of linen ribbon next to the key hole.

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  15. Lovely! And very unique - as usual.

    Do you have a photo of it stretched out so we can see it as it would hang?

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  16. Hello Birthday Girl,i see you havn't lost your creativity in your old age (lol)i just love those colors together. i hope you bday was extra special ttfn L:)

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  17. Love the linen cord! Did you use any fray check on the cut ends or a dab of glue on the knots?

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  18. Glad to hear you're a hoarder, too! Beads are the best! Wire it, too! Love your designs.

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  19. I LOVE the spiny necklace.....when i first saw it, it reminded me of the special leis we can buy for hula. so very lovely!!!
    you do such wonderful work....i love coming over here...alwways puts a smile on my face!!!
    and for that, i thank you!

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  20. Beautiful! I love the red and turquoise and the unexpected of the waxed linen.

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  21. I think I am going to have to venture out a bit from metal and I really like this look...thank you!!!

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  22. Love that necklace!

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  23. Lovely piece :) I love going through my stash and finding something I've forgotten about!

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  24. Wow, I love both of those! The second one has a kind of asian look to it that I'm in love with.

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  25. Ooooh, I am loving those long necklaces, too! Those turquoise ceramic beads with the red cording is awesome.

    I hope you had a fabulous birthday and am sorry I missed sending you well wishes on the date!

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  26. Wax linen is something I've never touched. Your necklace is wonderful, and I love the little keyhole.

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