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A simple chevron chain choker length necklace in blue and matt crystal AB. 

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I have been experimenting with pinch beads, and love the colour of these ones – they are slightly less blue and more green than the picture shows. The focal is a soft touch cabochon with a netted bezel incorporating pinch beads and the necklace is chevron chain.The clasp is a triangle weave pinch bead button that fits into a beaded loop.

I love the colours in this chenille stitch rope, but I am not really happy with the pendant. At first I thought it was a brilliant idea to use netting to embellish the bezel as it echoed the pattern of the chenille stitch. But I have realised that the netting stitches are too crowded so the beads don’t sit correctly all the way round. Fortunately I designed the clasp and bail in such a way that I can remove the pendant easily as I wanted to be able to wear the rope on its own as well. If I can get another soft touch cabochon in this colour I will have another attempt at the pendant, but until then I will keep this one rather than undoing it so I can compare them.

I have made quite a few bangles and bracelets with tubular chenille stitch, and used it as a rope for necklaces, but have only just come across the idea of flat chenille stitch. The instructions I used were by Jean Cox on the Interweave website – thank-you Jean! This was just an experiment, but I was pleased with the result, so finished it off as a bracelet by adding a bezelled 8mm chaton¬†as a button for a clasp. (The button does not look quite right in the pictures because of the angle of the camera but it is in fact central on the bracelet.) A simple loop of beads at the other end goes round the button. I also added some edging beads as I don’t like to see the thread along the edges.

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So many new bead shapes to try! My first experiments with arcos and minos par puca beads produced these simple but elegant bracelets and a matching pendant.The crystal AB size 15s seem to have picked up the colour of the blue beads, but it is just that I used blue (denim) KO thread! I can see that there are lots of possibilities for using these beads and I need to experiment with them a lot more.

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