Beaded Cords

This method of supprting a lamp bead has merit because a satin or leather cord has the strength to support a heavy lamp bead. Attachment to a clasp can ether be through the4 cord (or Softflex wire) or through the beaded shell. I have trouble concentrating on beading a cord fort the time it takes to bead the whole cord, so don't use this method very often. As you see below in Red Flower the beaded shell can also be used to attach fringe and jazz up the look.

Red Flower

Red flower was made by mounting this lovely lamp bead (that yellow/brown thing is a bee in the bead which is quite clear closeup) made by Barbara Edgecomb on a satin cord and beading around the cord in spiral brick stitch. You can do the same thing with peyote stitch. The fringe with the red glass flowers and leaves was then added later. Here's a closeup of the central lamp bead.

Suzanne in the Mermaid gallery is a faster variant of the beaded cord. The mermaid was mounted on Softflex wire covered with 6/0 seeds, then several rows of brick were connected to it and the fringe was then added.

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