|Special Packages sent to me from Jayne Capps for Bead Soup Blog Hop|
The necklace went through numerous redesigns. I intended to use the African trade beads, turquoise, and beautiful citrine and ended up using none. The reason being that the Irish waxed linen that I was determined to use wouldn't fit through them. I even downsized from 6 ply thread that I originally to 4 ply natural Irish waxed linen thread that I ended up using. Since I only had to use 1 of the 2 focals and the clasp, I could abandon those gorgeous beads and add them to my bead stash.
|Love this cute monkey with a banana!|
I then had to decide which focal to use. I love both so I used both since they look like they belong together. I also thought that these focals had the potential for a tribal look that is so popular this year. I got that Irish waxed thread back out and tried and tried until I came up with a design that I was happy with. I think that the Irish waxed linen is a perfect fit for those focals. It gives them an earthy look. I think you will agree that the monkey eating banana makes a unique and fun focal.
|Monkey Necklace by BayMoonDesign Available on Etsy|
Next, I went through my bead stash looking for the perfect colors, textures, and hole size. I love copper and I think that the copper brings out the colors in the focal and thread. It also ties in with the copper in the clasp. The wooden beads and shell chips in my bead stash also meet my color, texture, and hole size criteria. If you look, you will see that I had to change the way I beaded with the thread from starting with 2 strands at the focal and through the wooden beads to 1 thread beginning with the first copper bead to the clasp. I had to figure out how to do this and where.
|Has Popular Tribal Look|
This was really a challenge but I am happy I stuck with it and thrilled with my monkey necklace.
|Alligator in the Everglades, Florida|
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