The Christmas gift that started this whole bead thing is taking over!!
This week has included time for experimentation. Now I am giving crocheted wire a whirl. This soon to be bracelet is just single crochet with beads perfectly lined up row after every other row. Never before have I worked with wire so this week of experimenting has generated both pleasure and grief.
The ability of the wire to collapse is either a pain or a design element. I worry that in the wearing, unexpected, unplanned and unwanted smooshing might occur. Ah, but that is yet another step in the experimentation.
For this example, I held two strands of 32 gauge together. This is much nicer than the single strand with breaks with every breath one takes. A close inspection reveals very lacy work. Going up to 30 gauge would also work - I presume. That will be another experiment.
Actually, I was very surprised that the double strand of this stuff worked up so smoothly. It isn't silk. But it isn't as fiddly as a single strand of wispy mohair either.
Here is an end that needs a closure added. At first it was just straight across from the foundation chain. But it was just too square for my taste and the only clasps I have in the new stash work best with a pointy end.
So I smashed the wire to a point and wove the end through a few times for strength. Tomorrow, hopefully, the clasp will get attached and I'll start testing the wearing.
This bit of success has carried me through a major disappointment. But that is a blog for another day.