Much as I like spike beads, I’ve found precious little to do with them. Their hole placement doesn’t lend them bead embroidery; it’s too far up from the flat base. Trying to bezel them (a la rivoli) doesn’t produce a solid piece – the bezel wobbles around. At least when I did it.
So, they sat. And sat. And sat. Until now. Even better, stitching this up is pretty straightforward and simple, which really helps after a long day of work. Not too taxing on the grey matter. Spikes, crystals and seed beads. What’s not to like?
Finishing the necklace with chain was a bit of an afterthought. Or maybe better, a lazy thought. None of my standard rope/necklace beading techniques seemed appropriate for the strap. Enter chain, which I rarely use. In this case though, it was just the thing.
So, what do you think? Easy. Edgy. Just a little bit wild.