Today, as a jumpstart to my epic plans for next week (I haven’t figured them out yet, but EPICNESS is the goal), I reworked the “Northern Lights” necklace. Here it is in the original state:
I wanted to alter it for a number of reasons:
- That much labradorite was very rich, making it difficult to wear often.
- The clasp was a weird combination of a Bali toggle clasp and a lobster clasp.
- I wanted to experiment with using pearl thread instead of beading wire.
I took it apart entirely, and worked on it for 2-3 hours. Restringing without alteration would have taken about 30 minutes, but I basically strung beads on and off several times as I was deciding on which combinations felt pleasing. Also, the holes in the labradorite beads turned out too narrow for the pearl thread I had, so I miraculously dug out a length of beading wire that just happened to be long enough to work with. I’m pretty happy with the result.
For anyone interested, a list of materials:
- Oval focal labradorite beads (3)
- Large faceted labradorite rondelles (42)
- Small faceted labradorite rondelles (22)
- Faceted aquamarine rondelles (34)
- Sterling Silver daisy spacers (22)
- Sterling Silver basic spacers (46)
- Sterling Silver Bali toggle clasp
- Glass bead spacers (20)
- Silver clamps (4)
- Beading wire (2ft; unknown brand and thickness)