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That box of beads gave me the inspiration to make eight beaded cross necklaces. I just finished listing the last of them today. I think the jewelry I produced from this is quite nice. No matter what kind of materials I have, I try to make the best possible products from it. I actually really like the look of rosaries, so making some necklaces inspired by them was actually really nice for me.
Here are some photos of my process for making them. The way that I string them is really one of the things that makes them special.
A lot of people only string once then tie off and call it good. For me the multi-stringing is very important. It allows the piece to swing nicely without gaps between the beads but at the same time it’s really strong. I also worked very hard to learn ways to secure and hide the ends. I’ve seen both mass-produced and handcrafted necklaces where you could see the knots, see where someone melted the ends or even see the tails. That doesn’t happen with my work. I’ve had necklaces that I handled every day for a year and the ends never came loose or showed.
Now, here are the new items in the shop: