sparrow sent ages ago and i sorta flattened. Then put a very ancient thimble with a pre-columbian bead... and left all wonky b.c i was tired by then and decided it was great that way.
Also, this was so heavy I used my these:
with the ends clipped off, which you can get for almost nothing on etsy, because I needed super strong stringing material and that stuff could hold up a bridge.
Here's a more... civilized piece, based around a bracelet cuff by Nicky Butler. I took advantage of a missing stone to hang a focal. I also snipped off the links between the violet marquis stones along one side so that the piece could curve like a necklace, then I used all those empty hoops to dangle bronze skull beads. Notice I didn't hang one bead per hole, but rather added wire loops for an interesting, less-crowded and easier construction. I mention this to say, I used eyepins for those wire connections, making my job way, way easier. Here is an in-depth look at how I did it:
I think one of the reasons I seem to be so much faster than others is that I think of shortcuts like using eyepins in this instance. I also keep an assortment of eyepin sizes so I don't have to be snipping off long ends. All these little details help save time and effort. In other words, I'm a cheater cheater consumer of pumpkins.
greybirdstudio beads which I fell in love with b/c of the way they cradle the more spherical beads I put next to them. I had to stop myself from using all of them at once.
Speaking of the great and powerful bird of grey, guess what the fuck I got in the mail just today just now?