Friday, April 11, 2014

My latest WIP - using the antique chinese dragon bead pendant !


It`s been nearly a month since I blogged about the antique chinese dragon bead necklace that I had made years back .  I started off quite enthusiastically cutting off my necklace to create something that is really spectacular with the bead! But , I did not take into consideration the time it would take to complete the project to my satisfaction.


The beads all ready and shiny after a bit of polishing are so exciting to look at , and I immediately started to plan my design . But after making and discarding one sample for another ( delayed by  a week ) I still was undecided as to what technique of beading I should use . Finally after putting in a lot of thinking I settled for a tubular bead netting technique and started working on the necklace . Mortira of Inspirational Beading  posted a lovely tutorial of tubular Bead netting stitch which caught my eye . You can find it here



But here too I came across another block  . The limegreen beads were bought years back and I quickly ran out of them and had to spend days getting more of them   !  Once I started the netting , I liked the combination so much that I refused to settle for another shade . And here in India , as we  have a very general system of   sizing or branding  beads , I had to give the samples to a friend to get it from another city ! ..... Again a fortnight lost .

  But finally after all the delay ,  here`s the completed necklace. I`ve named it "The Dragon Room " necklace , because for a few days my work room was dominated by only one thing , the dragon bead ..LOL!

                                                        " The Dragon Bead Necklace "
tubular netting stitch
close-up of the pendant 
vintage silver pendant
I love the tiny red eyes of this fierce little dragon !

carved turquoise beads
the necklace all complete with blue onyx focal bead , and vintage carved turquoise  beads as well as silverbeads.
 

   Don`t  you think the dragon bead  looks better in this new avatar ?  I think so and am quite pleased that finally I was able to make the necklace to my liking even though there was a lot of delay .

Do drop in a line , for like always I will be waiting to hear from you , and do stop soon to see a couple of pieces I created when I was waiting for the lime green beads to arrive .

bidding a beading goodbye '

motidana 


16 comments:

  1. Oh I love it!! especially the netting. it looks so chunky - its very artsy-folksy. will have to borrow it sometime from you :D

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    1. Thanks Divya . Like you said it is very vibrant and does have an ethnic look . Matches so well with our Kanjeevaram Sarees. I`m going to love wearing this :)

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  2. The necklace turned out totally gorgeous! I love the colors and the marriage of weaving and focal beads.

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    1. Thanks Mortira ! Your post was so timely that it struck a fantastic idea, that materialized into this one ..:)

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  3. This is very beautiful creation, felt like wearing it myself. :)

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    1. Thanks Indrani for stopping by and commenting .

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  4. Congratulations! After straggling so much the necklace came out really marvelous!
    So it was really worth it to spend so much time and affords.

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    1. Thanks Yulia and welcome to my blog . I hope you have a lot of interesting time here :)

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  5. Yeah you have interesting thing to see :) ...like that fedoskino pendant.
    Actually we are planning to go to Chennai this summer for a short period of time for visa to Russia. If u r fond of such things like that pendant I can bring smth for u, but it may not be from Fedoskino :)

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    1. Oh that`s so nice of you to offer . I love crafts from your country :) And you can get in touch when you visit Chennai if you like . Just mail me in advance as I too will be traveling .

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  6. Very nice work. I love the way the tubular necklace turned out. I have not done such bead weaving. So I have great respect for those artists. See you again in the virtual blogosphere. Dita

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    1. Thanks for dropping by and for the liking the necklace . And we will meet again I`m sure :)

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  7. i love the necklace and the name too :) combination is lovely :)

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  8. Beautiful necklace! Love the colours :-)

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