For those of you just joining me, I am writing about the process of creating a made to order large neckpiece for an Australian bride. The dates at the top of each post show the time period covered.
Dec 6 -10
The next step is to order the beads for the neckpiece. Since I felt I couldn't wait more than a week or two to receive the beads and get started, I chose Fire Mountain Gems. I had ordered from them many times and they seem to be quite fast. They also have a huge selection of beads and I thought that we would be able to order most of the beads we needed from just one place. Another advantage of FMG is the ability to create a Favorites list, add the items you choose, then give permission for another person to access the list. This worked like a charm. I picked out beads that I thought Prisylla would like, added them to the list, and she chose the ones she did and didn't like.
The ordering was really a bit overwhelming. I still did not know exactly what she had in mind, but felt I needed to get the order in so I could start. It was definitely hard to figure out how many and what kind and size of beads to order. It took many hours to get this all together. I think it was the hardest part of the whole process.
The order was mainly Turquoise and turquoise Howlite, cream/brown Howlite, wood and seeds, and some seed beads. Does this give you a picture that this will not be the typical white wedding necklace? My thoughts were to have a large center focal piece, use mostly the cream Howlite for the "flower" components, have turquoise drops on the bottom and wood, turquoise, and cream colored beads in the connecting strands.
So now, to pick out a focal piece. I emailed Priscylla pics of some focal pieces I had to see if she would want to use any of them.
Next post- I will show you the focal she picked and let you know what I did while waiting for the bead order to arrive! (besides stress out)