Saturday, August 24, 2013

Beaded Beads with Long Magatamas

Long Magatamas are interesting little beads - they have a neat shape, and are often used to provide texture to patterns, but they flummox me a little. They are highly directional - if you don't pick each one up with the same orientation, your finished piece can look very "disheveled".

I used Magatamas to create a kumihimo necklace a few weeks ago, and have been looking for other ways to use them in my beadwork.

Yesterday, I started playing with some Magatamas, and found I could use netting to create beaded beads with them:

 Beaded Bead with Long Magatamas and 11/0s (netting)

It may not look like much in this picture, but after I made a few more, and strung them into this bracelet, I really like the result:

Beaded beads made with Long Magatamas (netting)

I separated each Long Magatama beaded bead with 10mm Swarovski crystals, which are each bookended with square textured and domed bead caps.

This bracelet is now available in my Etsy shop!


BackstoryBeads said...

Very clever. The square bead caps are an unexpected, rich detail in your oh-so-elegant design!

Halinka said...

Your bracelet is charming!Wonderful beaded beads with the Magatama -long!
Lovely colors too and great texture.

p.s.I have 'woken up' to beading,blogging and commenting again-/just in case You missed me:-))/