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Cleopatra Necklace

Elke Leonhardt-Rath gave a course in Das Perlament some time ago on how to make a Cleopatra necklace. Beading courses are actually quite a good idea, if only one had more time to go to them! In such a course you can specifically dedicate your time to this one project—together with a bunch of like-minded people. I should do that more often…

Usually, the herringbone technique would generate a straight rectangular shape but the small rocailles are added in a clever way so that the necklace curves nicely around the neck.

I followed the tutorial on this version, but I guess it would make for a nice start to add some special beads around the outer edge like in the nice examples on Kronleuchterjuwelen. A less wide version could be used to add some special beads in the center, or the center could be broader than the sides… this pattern is really quite versatile coming to think of it. The only drawback for me is that the herringbone pattern takes ages to finish. Let’s see if I ever get in the mood again to spend hours over these tiny delica beads!

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