Wednesday, January 9, 2013

"Unchained Beast" necklace


 "Unchained" because there are no tatted chains in it. "Beast" because it is a beast to make. It looks simple but it's hard, because there's no normal tatting in it. To get the alternating colors, I used Double Core Single Shuttle Split Rings, following the beautifully illustrated instructions from Jane Eborall's website. The diamond shapes are clunies, and I found Karen Cabrera's video helpful with learning these. I find her way of just letting the loop hang, instead of hooking it on little finger, to be easier for me.

The thread is size 3 Lizbeth, and the beads size 6 seed beads. I ran out of thread partway through, which is often going to happen when using big size 3 thread. Not much will fit on a shuttle, and I used my larger shuttles, too, so that's another way this project was a "beast". But, good practice and now I have a necklace to wear with my red t-shirt.

14 comments:

God's Kid said...

Great necklace!! :)

picotsnkeys said...

I'm very intrigued by this. I may just have to try it! I am a pastels person myself. I have a pastel in size 10 that I'd like to "wear" somehow.mmmmmmm

Thank you for creating and sharing!
Melanie

Margarets designer cards said...

Lovely necklace, if say its a beast then it must be, I think the design and pattern look lovely and very unusual.
Margaret

Michelle said...

It's a pretty beast!

Lelia said...

WOW! That is so neat! Good job with the cluny tatting.

Fatima said...

I loved. It's beautiful! Congrats!
Fatima

tattrldy said...

That is a very intriguing necklace. Diane had mentioned you were working on it, or the techniques, at your Tollway Tatters get together. Great results!

Lace-lovin' Librarian ~ Diane said...

And to think that I got to see this beast in its very early stages of life... good for you! I think that's one beast I'll leave to you!

TJ said...

The necklace is lovely and looks great on you.

Phyllis said...

Beautiful necklace and very interesting. I wouldn't say a beast but maybe challenging would be more appropriate.

Jane McLellan said...

A technical masterpiece that looks wonderful too!

StringyDogs said...

Pretty! I'll bet it was challenging. Clunies are hard & real thread eaters! But, you prevailed.

Marilee Rockley said...

Thanks, everyone, I appreciate your comments! The necklace was really just a technical exercise, I think it's kind of ugly :-) A good learning experience, though.

max said...

beautiful cluny and tatting