When I saw Eric's pictures of Celtic Crosses for this month's Honey Do List from SJ Designs, I was stricken with the simple beauty of them. However, I was at a loss as to what to do with them. My recent bead stash purged absolutely saved me. As I sorted through a drawer of pendants, I came across a rather large, chunky cross pendant that somewhat resembles a Celtic one. I knew it was destined for this challenge.
As the metal and chunk of the cross aren't very feminine or romantic (my usual style), I wasn't very sure how best to work with it. Since I recently watched a video from Kellie's Bead Boutique that included use of a barrel knot with leather, that idea stuck with me.
It took a couple of trips to Hobby Lobby to find a leather that would work for this technique and allow beads to be incorporated to add a bit of shine to the chain.
I couldn't envision making the necklace very long, so I kept it short. That was a blessing as I had no idea how much leather the knots would take up.
I kept the knots and beads to the front and simply finished the necklace with crimps and a spring clasp.
It worked out beautifully I think. Make sure to head over to SJ Designs Jewelry to see what Sarajo created along with the other participants.