The ugly duckling has grown into a beaUtiful (a-hem) sssswan....err..necklace!
Now that it is completed with a acceptable result, it is confession time: I chickened out of continuing with the stitch using various size beads because it was not easy!
It took me two days to come out with this easier way - reduce to single bead size, gradually reduce the red bead from two rows to one row and finally to random speckles. I toned down the red with more black as I worried it may look too fierce.
I ended the necklace with beaded clasp and loop to complement the necklace. A metal toggle set may mar the beauty of the fully beaded necklace. I also have 'upgraded' my skill for making beaded clasp and loop:
Instead of using a beaded ball made by rows of beads covering a core bead with link and loop formed by single row of beads , the clasp in this Cellini Spiral necklace is a peyote toggle tube (decorated with red bicone beads at both ends) with the loop and toggle link formed by three-row peyote stitch.
This necklace was made with a dear friend in mind. After spending hours of work creating it, I find it hard to part with it. It is like a mother not willing to give up her baby for adoption.
I am keeping it!!!