Clearly, I can’t start one project without diving into another handful at the same time. Since I had to buy some beads and dig out my beading supplies to make my pearl necklace, I clearly had to buy other beads and start making some other necklaces too! I really won’t complain about having too much inspiration and I won’t even complain about not having enough time to follow through on all of my inspirations. I’ll just share this fun new necklace, how about that?
I bought these cute little skulls and fuchsia beads at the same time without actually intending for them to go together. But when I started playing around with ideas on my beading tray, it was obvious that they had to go together because, while I do enjoy a dose of the macabre, I enjoy it much more when it’s mixed with bright pink happy things!
Since I haven’t beaded in such a very long time (and when I did I pretty much just stole my mom’s supplies!), I went to a local bead store to get recommendations. I told them that I was continually frustrated by the simple beading floss that I have breaking (maybe I’m just unusually brutal on my jewelry!?) but that when I use something sturdier, the necklace just kind of stays in a circle without draping. They recommended Soft Flex beading wire (with Beadalon as a close second) as being a great thin but flexible and drapey material.
I used a basic lobster clasp to close the necklace and crimp beads to secure the ends. You might be wondering why put a clasp on such a long necklace when I can just slip it over my head. Admittedly, the clasp isn’t strictly necessary, but if you look closely at the necklace you will notice that it has a center bottom where the skull beads mirror and start facing the other direction so they are always face up. Therefore, I need a way to clearly mark the top back of the necklace so that I’m sure I’m wearing it the right way and an inch of smaller beads on either side of a clasp does the job nicely.
You can see that it really does drape when I wear it, which is great. And it’s ever so strong. Win win win. And doesn’t it look adorable with my pink pleated maxi skirt? Like I said, I like a dose of happy with my macabre.
I believe the skulls and pink beads are howlite, a stone that is commonly dyed (as it takes dye very well) and used to imitate other stones (particularly turquoise as it has natural black veining). The black beads are little pieces of lava.