I suppose using vintage and fresh in the same sentence has the grammarians rolling their eyes, but there you go. A necklace that breaks with convention. New bead shapes combined with an old beading style.
The new shapes are tila beads and super duos, the tilas in a matte khaki and the luminous super duos forming the body of the band. These are stitched together with bright bronze 15°s and accented with bronze tortoise shell daggers.
The stitching is peyote, which made me very nervous. The way the beads are laid out, there isn’t a good way to put in any knots or ties for stability. Should the thread break (a rare possibility) I didn’t want the beads to run helter skelter away, so some experimentation was required. I finally managed it – not optimal, but functionally acceptable.
The two holes in the tilas and super duos drove me absolutely nuts. The tilas in particular would flip one way, then flop another. Finally, I reached a beady groove, that zen state where all the beads behave themselves.