I have now finished my first new design using the garnet beads that I bought a couple of weeks ago. I’m really pleased with these beads. They are a lovely deep, rich red, much less pinky in tone than the smaller garnets I have used before. Rather like a glass of fine red wine, in fact.
Here are some pictures of the work in progress. As usual, tea and music both played their part.
I have used ten beads, threaded onto very fine chain, and incorporated a hammered and oxidised silver leaf. I think that they look like a string of ripe autumn berries, so very appropriate for this season. The necklace has been completed with a silver trace chain.
You can see more pictures of the finished necklace, plus all my other new designs, in my online shop.