Yes, I have finally braved up and have a go with a Cellini Spiral stitch. In order to see a dramatic effect of the spiral, I used different size, shape and color beads in this trial piece:
This 7.5cm work-in-process took me about 10 hours over three days to do!!! The progress was pretty slow because there were a few undoings along the way. It was quite frustrating when missing stitches were discovered and undoings were necessary in order to proceed. Oh well, I guess this is part and parcel of seed beading. ENDURANCE, ENDURANCE!
The order of beads: 2mm black bicone, 2mm black bugle, size 12 gold, size 12 red X 2, size 15 metallic black, size 12 red, size 12 gold and 2mm black bugle. Total 9 beads in a round.
There is inconsistency in the spiral. Probably due to poor quality beads which are not uniform in size and shape. The stitch tension was also not equal through out.
Ah-hem, but don't you think this is considered 'not bad' for a first timer?
I am not sure if I should continue the spiral. I am thinking of gradually reduce the rope thickness by changing all to size 11 beads first. After a few round, reduce further by cutting the number of beads per round by half. Hmm....perhaps I'll try that out and see if it works.