Weave self-supported geometric beaded beads out of a collection of crystals, two-hole beads, and Japanese seed beads. The Diffractions Necklace features three different types of beaded beads woven together using a variation on the right-angle weave technique. Vary the sizes of the crystals and the duo beads to increase or decrease the sizes of the finished beaded beads, and experiment with different 3D geometries for even more possible structures. The beaded beads are finished with custom beaded caps, and connected together with wire-wrapped loops to emphasize the hollow space inside each structure.
Students will learn how to combine Swarovski crystals, SuperDuo beads, MiniDuo beads, and Japanese seed beads to create at least three different beaded beads based on the geometries of the cube and the dodecahedron. Students will also learn how to create custom bead caps out of Japanese seed beads, and how to connect these elements together with wire to create a finished necklace.
Prerequisites: Students should be proficient in cubic right-angle weave (CRAW) and with working with size 15° seed beads. Experience in creating dodecahedron beaded beads is helpful for the successful completion of this project.
Skill level: Advanced
Class length: One day