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. 😉