My newest creation is a self-supporting beaded bead.
I think this could be my most expensive one yet, based on the materials alone...

The beads used were turquoise, wood, and silver for the base, which I then surface embellished with size 8/0 marble-finish, 11/0 black matte, and 15/0 black opaque.

A self-supporting beaded bead is formed by the size of the larger beads, combined with thread tension, without any base or other bead on the inside. My next issue is how to showcase it. I've already started a tubular Ndebele rope in black opaque 11/0s, and so far so good. I'll have to post it when it's completed. I only had the beaded bead in mind when I purchased these materials, and didn't foresee how I was going to finish the project... I may have to go get more turquoise from the same supplier (which bugs me, 'cause I really don't want to buy retail anymore, and I haven't found an acceptable wholesaler, yet...).

I really like the way this piece turned out, it has a bit of an ethnic flair to it. I can't wait to see it finished!


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Anonymous said…
I have never seen anything like this before. I can't wait for your whole piece to be done!

Do you sell your pieces anywhere?
The Lone Beader said…
Wow! How funky! You're right- it definately has an ethnic look to it. I love it.
jin said…
Wow! Incredibly beauteous!!! :-)
Jewels said…
*blush* Thanks! I'm working on it, and will post the finished piece shortly.

TLB: It is kind of funky. I'm noticing that my work is taking on a new look lately, it's getting more 'refined' I guess... ;) Nothing wrong with that tho, right?

Jin: Hey Jin! Thanks. I thought so too, LOL!!!! So, how's the matchmaking coming along? (Oh, don't think I hadn't figured it out!) LMBO!!!!
LJ said…
This is gorgeous, JG. Gonna break the bank to finish it in matching materials! But it'll be worth it.
Jewels said…
Oh, it sure will LJ, it sure will! I'm about 1/3 through the rope now (man, Ndebele takes a LONG time!), but I'm loving the whole look of it so far. Can't wait to show you.

Oh! P.S. for Anonymous: you can check my website for more pieces if you're interested, www.lebeadoir.com, and contact me if you find something you like. ;)
LJ said…
Just checked your website! The bracelet titled "Sabrina" is to die for. Wow. Gorgeous work, just gorgeous.
Jewels said…
Thanks Linda. I'm just finishing another one that was ordered at my "Posh Party" last month. I got quite a few orders from that party, and I've been busilly filling them.
It's the last piece on the list, so I can start creating just for the sake of creating now, LOL!

Thanks for stopping by. (Again, love your spirals)

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