I found these amazing, beautiful beads when I was in Toronto at Hi Beads, and really wanted to do something with them, but nothing really seemed “special” enough for them, and they kept getting lost in more complicated designs. Finally I settled on doing a fairly simple design, with some really pretty chain I picked up.
The round bead with all the rhinestones is the one I love – but it’s a trickster! Here the rhinestones have a slightly greenish hue – because of the incandescent lighting I used when photographing them. In the morning, when the light is coming through my window the rhinestones look blue. However, most of the time they just look clear; a dark silvery sparkle.
Here are some of the other beads in this piece – large silver and black rhinestone spacers, large flat silver/clear roundels, clear black glass ‘Pandora’-style beads (you can see in the top photo that they’re transparent, though the photo above makes them look opaque), and gunmetal/clear crystal spacers. The feature bead that I love along with those black glass beads are from Hi Beads, while the gunmetal spacers are from Beads & Plenty More. The rest are from Michaels.
The centre bead is another one of those silver and clear crystal round beads that I’ve used in several projects.
The chain is a box-style chain, but it’s actually 5-pronged instead of 4 pronged which gives it a round shape rather than cube-like. I’ve used crimps on the ends, and attached a simple toggle with split rings. I tried another method of attaching the toggle before this (using wire and bead caps) but was unsatisfied with the result.