Beau Dangles

Handcrafted Jewelry — Designed to be Different

Beads Rock


A few years ago I beaded a rock. Hadn’t done that before and it turned out not bad for a first try. Basically I treated the rock like a cabochon.

I chose a bead mix of blues hoping to create a look somewhat like water flowing over a stone.

Although a few people asked about buying the piece I didn’t sell it. Instead it came to reside on a shelf where I’d periodically pick it up, run my fingers over it and put it back. I liked it because it was different. It was also a reminder to look beyond the same old same old when it came to my work.

A week or so ago I walked over to a neighbour’s. A load of river rock had been dumped to stabilize a Texas gate. Within a few minutes I’d found a couple of flat stones to take home. I set them on my work bench and pulled out some small beaded samples from previous projects.

The first piece I picked up was a beaded bead in bright pink. I made it a couple of years ago on a whim. Can’t even remember what I had planned to do with it but now, well, it seems like it was waiting just for this.

The second piece was a sample of St. Petersburg stitch — that design eventually became a necklace. I toyed with the idea of adding a few more beads to make a circle but I like the asymmetrical look better.

Once I settled on the rock and the beads the necklaces soon came together.

First I glued a bail to each rock using my old friend, 527. Once that set up I glued the beads to the front.

Then I laced a double strand of cotton cord through each bail and wire wrapped the ends. I finished the pieces with handmade S-clasps of permanently coloured black wire.

Luv it when a plan comes together. 😉

Author: Sally

Beads? What can I say — they snuck up on me when I wasn't looking. Now I'm hooked.

4 thoughts on “Beads Rock

  1. That’s gorgeous! I don’t like to part away from my creations either!

  2. these are amazing , it had never even occurred to me to use a stone like this beading!

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