I have been commissioned to make a necklace for a girl's; or should I say at that age, young lady's, 18th birthday. The brief was a purple based shortish necklace....which is quite a broad brief!
The place to start was my bead stash.
I sorted out all my purple beads and also found some black glass beads and purple Czech faceted glass beads which harmonised well.
I chose some pretty one of a kind hand made glass lamp work beads which had purple and black in them and put together some design ideas on my trusty beading tray.
I decided on several patterns which I temporarily strung to see how they hung.
I choose the pattern on the far left and made up the necklace ,which I was happy with, but then I found another set of purple lamp work beads I liked as well. So I decided to make up a second design.
So now I can show my customer 2 plush purple necklaces. I wonder which she will choose?
(You can click the photos to enlarge them)