InspirationFX: Elizabeth

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Elizabeth
by: Dwyn Tomlinson

As
I was making this, I was thinking about the paintings of Queen
Elizabeth – with her massive brocaded dresses and ropes of pearls. These
combined in my mind into the rich colours of carnelian and turquoise –
with the ivory pearls as accents.

I ran out of supplies several
times while making this and before I got to the length I wanted. I got
tired of going back for more supplies – much as I love shopping for
beads! – so for the final couple of pattern-repeats, I substituted
antiqued copper daisy spacers for bead caps. This makes a difference in
length, as the daisy spacers take up less room. Both look fine – see
pictures below, although I really do prefer the look of the bead caps.

Total length of the version I made is 41 inches, 104 cm. You can wear it long, or shorter using a pearl shortener.

This
has a total of 15 pattern repeats. Each repeat is 7 cm with daisy
spacers, or 8 cm with the bead caps. Each repeat has 1 ivory pearl, 4
turq pearls, 1 jade pearl, 4 carnelian rondelles, and 10 spacers or bead
caps.

To join the ends of the beading cable – I used a crimp,
threading each end on from it’s opposite direction, then crimping the
crimp, and finally, hiding it with a crimp cover.

The pattern for this is:

  • 10 mm Swa Ivory Pearl,
  • metal spacer (daisy spacer or bead cap)
  • 4 mm turq pearl
  • metal spacer
  • carnelian donut
  • metal spacer
  • 4 mm turq pearl
  • metal spacer
  • carnelian donut
  • metal spacer
  • 6 mm jade pearl
  • metal spacer
  • carnelian donut
  • metal spacer
  • 4 mm turq pearl
  • metal spacer
  • carnelian donut
  • metal spacer
  • 4 mm turq pearl
  • metal spacer
  • And the repeat from the top.

 

Components

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