Sigh! When was the last time I have completed a project and got it posted? Three months? Really, I have asked myself countless time "To bead or not to bead"?
I had been drowned in busyness. Excuse? Partly. The truth is, I was stuck with a project dealing with cubic right-angle weave. The weave itself is not difficult and you can learn it easily in this tutorial: beadmavens.blogspot. The tricky part was that I had to work around an odd shaped focal bead and I did not know how to weave a bezel.
Well I shall show the completed project in order to explain the problems I had encountered in this project:
WHAT ON EARTH IS THIS THING!!! Ha ha, it is a necklace.
Okay, it all started that I was given this beautiful Tiger-Eye measured about 1.6" X 2.5". Yup, it is a pretty big one. I did not want to just add a bail and wear it with a cord or chain. Hey, come on, I am a beader and I like challenge! So, I selected a project which is in Bead & Button October 2011 issue. The project on the cover page is like this:
Oops, I should not have shown this - my necklace seems so ugly comparatively.
Sob, sob. I have my problems:
1. Focal stone is odd shaped
2. I have no idea how to weave a bezel
3. Even if I can weave a bezel, the focal will be too big and chunky
4. I cannot handle size 15o beads so each wormy strand was not easy to bend
Notwithstanding these problems, I went ahead with the project and ended up with a monster like this!
Because of the asymmetrical focal, the necklace formed is also lopsided. Nevertheless, I will still wear it because I made it and a lot of thought has been given in the making process!
Phew! What a load off my chest! I now can move on to other projects which I can handle.