Monday, January 29, 2018

Bead Organized

What are the best solutions to store beads, components and manage work in progress? Vast subject. It took me way more time to write this article than I expected, because I found more and more awesome things to show and tell you. Take a bit of time to read it, I'm sure that there are things that you will like.

Plano Storage and Tool Box

If you don't have a big stash and only buy beads for specific projects once in a while, you need nearly nothing but a beading mat and a couple of drawers, and squat the kitchen or dining table from time to time. Maybe a Plano tackle system (a tool box with storage boxes for fishing) will be enough for you.

If your hobby gets more important, you may wish to dedicate more space to it.

What works for me doesn't necessarily work for others, but I asked my friends on Facebook what they like and dislike and it seems that we more or less use similar options. I hereby thank them all very much for their tips and advice. Of course, you'll find breathtaking solutions if you google 'best craft room designs', 'seed bead storage' or 'bead storage'. But read on, and see if my ideas, or maybe some of the ideas of my friends included in this article, inspire you!

Little note: even though my apartment may look like an extension of IKEA, I am in no way involved in their business and receive nothing from them (neither from anyone else). My opinion is entirely my own. Not necessarily better (or worse) than other suppliers, IKEA furniture is very affordable and easy to put together, and available nearly everywhere in the world, which is practical for you, friends world wide, who read me.

Trays with projects starting to pile up (on my previous beading desk)
My work space:

As a designer, I am a messy beader, because new ideas require immediate testing and hence more beading space. When things get too messy, my creativity suffers from it.

I already had storage for my beads and materials (and will show that), but my major problem was too many WIPs I didn't know where to put and so I needed to find a solution for that. Plus, the desk in the photo above had to go... (to make space for my birds). And to down-size is... quite interesting, I think.

My favorite plastic A4
boxes for WIPs. I have 12!
My "Smula" trays had a place on temporary, loose shelves above my computer screen; and the number of projects exceeded the number of trays... so I was really happy to find flat, plastic A4 boxes for my WIPs on Ebay. They can be closed and stacked. I put beading mats cut to size in each, so I can bead directly on them. They are slim, but not too much: they can contain bobbins, XL-tic-tac boxes and tubes of beads, scissor, a little spoon... and a little plastic container for waste beads. The only minus is that the clips come off a bit too easily, but they're also very easily put back. I use them in combination with the Smula trays which have a very soft, rounded edge that is very wrist-friendly.

I love my Besta work station on wheels. So practical.
Can you see the trays and the pile of A4 boxes? 
My trays and A4 boxes fit perfectly in my brand new "Besta" frames (one regular, and one TV unit) which is why I bought it. I added many shelves and could add drawers and/or doors. Besta offers great options to customize each frame. Julie Romero from Paris (FR) has an entire Besta wall and it is very beautiful (see a photo farther in this article). Many beaders say that Besta is the best!

My lap cushion (for key board or beading board), photo camera and computer are also in/on the Besta, practical for  designing and tutifying. The best man in the world, hubby, put practical wheels under both frames.

Small make-up displays can
be handy "tool stations" 
One tray is reserved for thread, spare needles, scissors, measuring tape and other little things I need all the time as a seed beader, but I left my other tools in an easily accessible place in my "storage room". Like Beverly Corbitt (USA), I like acrylic displays and turned two make-up displays into tool stations (see one of them in the photo right). If you like acrylic storage like this, have a look at what Muji has to offer (with thanks to Sarah Cryer (UK) for that good address).

If you use a lot of tools, a wooden beading station might be worth buying. Other idea: the modules made by the Poland-based firm HobbyZone might be something for you if you use pigments and glues or other materials for other arts of jewelry making, like paper beads, cab or stone painting. The system, designed for professional artists, can be completely customized and grow with you.

The "storage room":

Why a storage room? This room was my beading room, but my love was often alone in the living room and I needed to make place for some of my birds. When beady friends come to visit, a super practical "Norden" gateleg table still allows me to bead with them there. Below is a short video of how it looked when Esra was here:

My "storage" room can still be a beading and show room
with music by the birds...
The furniture:

First of all, when placing furniture, make sure that you have access to electric plugs, or use an extension cord. Despite making plans of all sorts with my computer (yes, really) I have moved my stuff around several times without success just because of electric plugs. If you plan to make some serious make over of a room, start with drawing the plugs first, together with the space needed for windows and doors, in particular if they open to the inside. Then cut out paper shapes representing your furniture and see how it fits in. It will save you a lot of time and sweat.

8-cube Expedit on wheels
An 8-cube 'Expedit' (IKEA furniture that got replaced by 'Kallax') stands in front of the window and heater. I needed something there to place a fan, a mirror, 2 camera battery charger, a humidifier and plants... Sometimes other things. Sturdy, heavy-duty wheels allow me to easily move this baby if needed.
It contains mostly cardboard boxes with finished beadwork, packing material, empty tubes, material for photography, books and mags featuring my work, fabric, etc.

Tip: when you buy boxes, make sure that they fit in. Here, two boxes fit in one cube, with a little space left on the side: just enough for the books and magazines, easy to take out without disturbing anything.

Silk, wool and fabric
Two 5-cube-tall Expedit shelves contain nearly all my beads, findings, other materials and tools. Two drawers contain materials for bead embroidery (Lacy's stiff stuff, silk, wool, fabric, leather scraps for backing, etc). I also have watercolors, a sewing machine and coloring pencils for fabric in there, among other things.

Small but stronger than
expected, Helmer fits in
everywhere, even
in an Expedit/Kallax
A computer with screen and all sits on an old Micke office desk. A matching drawer unit with suspended folders for papers serves administrative purposes.

In 2 'Helmer' drawers (photo left) are stored things that I use less: wooden beads, cords, wire, buttons, sewing material, glue, stationery, etc... Helmer have practical little wheels and space for labels. One of my FB friends, Aryd'ell Hotelling (USA) took the wheels off and put the drawers on a work table. Such a clever idea.

Remarkable things done by my friends:

If I did't have the Expedit already, I'd probably buy a Besta wall... or Billy bookcases. It is the sturdiest bookcase that I've ever seen, fantastic for heavy things like books beads. You can start with one case, buy another later, maybe more. You can add extra shelves. It is an IKEA flagship product, so you can count on them to make it for many more years. The structure is plain*.

Storage solutions aren't always sturdy: chests with (too deep) drawers meant for clothes typically aren't. And if "Alex" drawer units are shallow and have amazing success among crafters, Kris Empting-Obenland (DE) saw one collapse under the weight of her collection of lampwork beads. Kitchen drawers or antique printer's cabinets seem to be a better solution for that. Claudia Harberkost (DE) is überhappy with her 2 METOD cabinets with drawers. Note that in the USA, this series of kitchen cabinets is called SEKTION.
Elly van Buuren's Billy bead storage
Photo credit: Elly van Buuren

Elly van Buuren (NL) has transformed narrow Billy shelves into a dream storage for her beads (photo right). She hammered a gazillion of little lats inside the shelves for the box lids to slide on. A brilliant example of how boxes that fit well can change everything.

And below is Julie's beautiful "wall".  The doors open and close by pushing them, so no handles are visible. She thinks that she is messy, so she loves her doors to hide it all. Can you stand the beauty of it?

Julie Romero's wall could be a great room divider too.
Photo credit: Julie Romero
Both solutions are so awesome that you may not even want to read the rest of this article (but there is more to discover).

Interestingly, simple shelves seem to not please as much as Kallax, Besta or Billy. I think that we like our things to be framed, somehow. But shelves can be very practical and tidy. Look at what Hilly Monzin (NL) did with very inexpensive shelves and plastic boxes.

Hilly Monzin's shelves are neat!
Photo credit: Hilly Monzin

My Maltese friend Joanne Zammit is very happy with the incredible amount of plastic boxes that her Trofast unit can welcome. It has many shelves and/or drawers (at choice) and is quite sturdy (it is "kid safe" furniture). Also, it looks the same on both sides, so it can be used to divide a room if desired.

* Note: IKEA furniture often has a hollow structure, which is ecologically responsible. It can be quite sturdy - my shelves are. But I can't hammer one nail in them.
Also I have no idea if the Kallax series is as sturdy as the Expedit - if you know, please tell me in the comments!

Now if you have a lot of space, but a small budget. Think craft room on a dime and be creative. You probably already have an old cupboard or shelves which can be recycled or transformed; if not, search classifieds in your region (click on this link, you will love what this woman did to create her craft room). See also how some old TV-armoires can be transformed into great beading stations. With doors that can hide your stuff in seconds...

And what if you have only very little space and don't want to monopolize the only table where you eat? Be inventive: with a bit of imagination you can create a lovely mini-beading station. Here you can see a very-little-space-requiring -portable nail art desk. Wouldn't it be nice for beading?

Portable manicure desk
Manicure tables come in many pretty versions and prices, but for beading you don't need a special acetone-resistant version with a hole in the center and vacuum aspiration (muse whispers in my ears that it could be practical for cut threads, and that the transparent acrylic shelves to see the colors of the beads through are fab).

Maybe you can transform a dressing table into a beading station.
10-drawer organizer in frosted white
(translucent drawers) not taking
more space than a basket or a plant

And have you noticed that many a tower of plastic drawers on wheels or utility cart has a top where you can put your beading board, mat or tray? One organizer, and you have a mini beading station in the room! (with thanks to Elisanne M. McCutchen (USA))

Don't forget to use a good beading lamp with a good daylight bulb or LED.

Bead storage:

Seed beads

My seed bead storage
If your LBS or online shop sells seed beads in tubes or flip-top boxes, wonderful! If not, you need to buy them yourself. Buy more than needed. Because even if more durable, tubes and flip-top boxes have a limited life-time too, and next time you order beads, you will be happy to have them.

A drawer with
a few purples 
I had "bead towers" from the Beadsmith before, but out-grew them very quickly. The drawer with the purple seed beads shown left is one of the 'least crowded' drawers that I have now. My two units of plastic trays with all the tubes in them (in many sizes) is what works best for me sofar. It looks messy but it is vey practical.

Of course you can buy the awesome bead storage solutions invented by Elizabeth Ward, or the wonderful Bead Pavilion, with flip-top boxes. Quite expensive (in particular the shipping costs), but many beaders love it or dream of having an entire wall of those. I would love an entire wall too but am quite happy with my tubes.

60-tube rack - practical to keep the
tubes from rolling off the coffee table
Did you know that stores specialized in laboratory equipment have tubes in plenty of sizes, at a very decent price? They also offer racks for tubes. I use these racks when selecting bead colors and take them to the living room.

My seed beads are stored by color and somewhat by type: Czech, Japanese, Charlottes, cylinder, hex, etc, are all together in one tray by color, from size 15/0 up to 6/0, but the specialty seed beads are stored in XL flip-top boxes in another drawer (cubes, triangles, drops, peanuts, bugle beads, etc).

Small 17x10x2.2cm box for nearly
everything but seed beads
Tip: use the labels of the little bags for your tubes - my friend Marca Smit's labels come off like a breeze and I love that! but mark precious metal seed beads with a special mark to not confuse them with permanent finish metallic seed beads.

I avoid:
using multi-compartment boxes with only one lid for seed beads, it is a pain to take seed beads out of them, in particular in the corners. Sooner or later it ends up in a frustrating bead soup.

Other beads, cabs, crystals, focals:

Plastic drawers - 12 small
boxes fit in 1 drawer
Tip:  Measure your drawers and see what size box fits best, and don't forget that you need a little extra space for your hands. 

The small 17x10x2.2cm plastic box (photo above) is my favorite for everything small: beads, findings, cabs, crystals, etc. It has removable separations, to customize the compartments, so even long headpins fit in. I love that 12 of these boxes fit in one plastic drawer (photo right).

Fire-polished beads in small boxes
with practical individual lids
Photo left: I use small boxes with separate lids for fire-polished beads. 

For really large beads and focal components, I use bigger boxes, but again with removable separations.

The beads are  as much as possible stored by type and size.

One-hole beads are separated from the two-or-more-hole beads.

Medium-size boxes with
Superduo/Twin beads with
removable separations
Gemstones have their own box, freshwater pearls have their own box, gemstone chips have their own box, Twins/superduos have their own box... etc.

Tip: use a little spoon to take beads out (and vice versa).

I avoid:
Hard plastic boxes which are not user-friendly, but very noisy, and easily breakable. Translucent boxes are often softer, hence gentler with your precious beads and crystals.
Oh, and don't put big beads in a flip top box. Let me explain: I have a big collection of XL-flip top boxes which can contain beads up to 12mm, but the flip top won't let them through so I have to open their tops. So I also have a box for the big beads.


Large boxes from a hardware store
for large beads, focal and findings
I use the same plastic boxes for findings as for beads/crystals. Depending on their size, clasps may need mores space than ear wires, so, again, the removable separations are a must.

I store them by metal color rather then by type, in particular copper, because copper findings often come with brown anti-oxidation strips different from the anti-tarnishing strips that come with silver plated findings.

Tip: Keep anti-tarnishing strips in your boxes with your findings. Also, if you can make sure that it remains out of reach of kids, don't throw away silica gel sachets. Keep some with your findings and in your drawers, for they are great to protect your metal and finished jewelry from humidity, hence preventing rust.

I avoid:
Transparent pouches are wonderful
to prevent UFO's from invading us
storing magnetic findings (clasps) with non-magnetic findings, for the latter can become magnetic when stored in contact with magnets. It is better to store them in a separate box and keep them in their original package.
I also never store precious metal in the same place as plated metals; it would be a pity to mix them up.

UFOs (un-finished objects)

We all make UFOs and sometimes we don't necessarily want to rip them off. My friend Darcy Rosner one day showed me her storage for her UFOs: hanging transparent organizers with lots of small pouches and I love this solution. You can find an UFO back at a glance. Mine are temporarily hanging from the side of an Expedit shelve in the storage room. I plan to make something strong to hang them onto.

Voilà - this is my bead organization ;)

As you can see, storage solutions from other departments than crafts can be very useful. Electronic componentsfishing tackles, and screws and bolts also need to be stored.

Nail polish Seed beads
rack (source: Pinterest)
Don't forget kitchen storage and organizers for drawers. Or spice jars and spice racks, other jars, the awesome magnetic bar for knives...
And did you know? that with ice-cube trays you can recreate some sort of printer's cabinet in your drawers, to store your findings and/or cabs/crystals/lampwork beads (idea found on this interesting blog).

Oh, and Angeline Yoshiko Leong from Malaysia reminded me of the Ferrero Rocher boxes. Double pleasure!

If you have a narrow room or long corridor, and no space for shelves, maybe you can hang nail polish racks on the wall that can hold lots of nail-polish bottles beads. Or hang it behind shelves serving as room divider? Or a smaller rack on the side of shelves. Maybe you can assemble two, put them on wheels and use it as room divider? Store it behind a cupboard?

And if all this doesn't inspire you, perhaps scrapbooking hobbyists will, with their scrapbooking stations or armoires...

Happy organizing and beading!

Monday, November 27, 2017

Creative La La Land

I did a swap with a wonderful bead designer whom I really love. I do not just love what she makes, I love her as a person. We decided to make earrings for each other, and because we had a lot of things to do, both, we didn't decide on a deadline. When I started my second earring, my friend hadn't found time for the swap on her side, but that didn't bother me. However, plenty of little issues prevented me from finishing the second earring: thread broke, a bead broke, etc. I put it aside and in less then a week from that moment, my friend finished her piece for me - something completely different than the earrings we had agreed upon. Something beaded especially for me. I felt honored and happy, because now that second earring didn't matter so much anymore and I could make something different for her too.

I had a beautiful crystal bead in my stash that made me think of a gown dancing in the wind, so I had the idea of making a pretty dress for a pretty lady! When inspiration hits and the heart is filled with love while making something for someone special, I feel like I'm in creative La La Land and love it, for it feels so good.

Using my "petal to pod" method, I first created the dolls little head - I seem to always start with a doll's head.
She smiled at me all along the beading journey :)

Then I made her arms - also petals, but folded. 

The top of her dress is made with 2 petals and a miniature zigzag- (in the round) and then I added little by little her shoulder blades with strap for the dress. Last but not least her dancing shoes, a flower in her hair, and a little necklace. I think that she really seems to be dancing. So this is why I called her "The Dancer".


The two pretties together. They are both made
with size 15/0 Japanese seed beads.
The Dancer's collar is made

 I received my friend's package before mine arrived at her place, but I kept it closed, to wait to open our swaps together, thanks to the magic of the Internet. It felt wonderful. My friend loves her little lady, and I love what she made for me. And it was really good to be in La La Land. 

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Make some magic: put a beautiful day in a bottle

Sometimes you have such a wonderful time, such a perfect day with friends or family, that you say'd "I wish that I could bottle this day and be able to open it later, when I need to feel those good vibes again". The good news is that this is possible (and there is no bad news).

As many of you have probably heard, most gemstones have special metaphysical properties which vary from one to another. Amethyst has, for example, a calming reputation, whereas bixbite is a stone that will increase your energy levels which is very helpful to kick ass when needed. It is better to put a large specimen of the first stone on your bedside rather than the latter. This website gives interesting information about many gems.

You should always cleanse your
gemstones and crystals, also new
ones, before using them.
You can also charge quartz crystal with good vibes. Yes you read that well: quartz crystal can be “charged” with moods, feelings, intentions, messages. Love. Laughter. As my hubby says, "it is magic until science explains it". I like both science and magic.

Many moons ago, at the occasion of a global "give crystals back to Mother Nature" action organized by a Facebook group, I gave back many quartz crystal chips. I cleansed them in full moon light near a children’s playground, where they got charged with their playful good vibes the next day. Even though it sounds odd, quartz crystals are like sponges, they absorb what surrounds them. When I removed my crystals from the tree where I hang them, I could "hear" children laughing. It felt really good.

Bridge over the Serine, from where I
threw my crystals in the river.
Then I went to a small river near my town - the "Serine" to throw all the crystals in the water. I sang a song that I had composed for the occasion. The crystals in the water would transmit the good vibrations to the river. Streaming with the water, the good vibes would travel to the Lac Léman (Lake Geneva), and then further down enter the Rhône, cross la France, then enter the Mediterranean sea... Eventually the water would evaporate to become rain and maybe drop on someone's head in Budapest, or China... In the end, the good vibes would go round the world and touch every single person. It may sound completely surreal, but think about homeopathy: the active substance is diluted to a degree equaling less than 1 drop in the entire Atlantic ocean. In other words: inexistant. But nonetheless, homeopathy heals.

I did this many years ago, but the tiny powerful crystals still are charged with children's laughter and good vibes. I kept a few chips to add onto a mini hair-comb which always feels very special when I wear it, and kept the 4 chips that felt best for a special project. They still feel amazing, I still "hear" the children's laughter.

no matter how small, or insignificant
they look, if they feel good,
quartz crystals are good.

You can charge your crystals in a very simple manner, but you can also hang them, cleansed, in an organza bag in the room where you expect to have a wonderful moment with a beloved one, a family reunion, Thanksgiving, a birthday, a wedding, etc. Immortalize that perfect moment, and enjoy it as often as you wish. Experience the magic, or offer some magic as a gift to a dear one. If things don't work out well, cleanse them, and start over.

It may not be noticeable, but inside the Paradox Pendulum, there is a hollow that can contain a small item like the little "Amphorette". I embellished it with beads left over from the Perlen Poesie project. I love how this secret compartment can welcome a keep-sake. You nearly can't see it. In the photos above, the Amphorette is added to the pendant in the right picture, not in the left.

The other good news is that I just discovered that I can list free tuts in my IndieMade store, so I listed the free tutorial for this Amphorette for you to download (note: you need to give an e-mail to receive a link for the download). And while you are there, have a look at my other tutorials - I just listed the instructions to make the beautiful Faraday bracelet in my IndieMade shop, and also in my Etsy shop.

Have fun creating!

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Counting down to New Year's Eve, one bead at a time

Eiffel Tower seen from the Alexander III Bridge in Paris
Photo courtesy AG Photography

Do you remember my blog post in September where I told you that I would be the "cover girl" of the beautiful magazine Perlen Poesie in December? Well, it's been a long wait, but I can finally show you what I cooked up for this 35th issue, and I hope that you will find it worth the wait: here is "New Year's Eve", composed of a Roller Chain Rope lariat and a Paradox Pendulum pendant:

"New Year's Eve" - Paradox Pendulum on Roller Chain Rope

You may notice that this project is a simplified version of my Toho Challenge Roller Chain Rope and Paradox Pendulum, but I omitted the embellished Cellini swirl at the top of the pendant. The Roller Chain Rope lariat is a double sided Diamond Weave Rope and can also be worn in a variety of manners without the pendant - you will find suggestions at the end of this post.

X-mas 'pendulum'

I am really happy with this piece, because to me, it has the perfect feeling of a December night in the city. When making it, I had "December" in mind, but even though the pendulum can be a very nice Christmas decoration, I wasn't motivated to make one early in the Summer, so I went for a "New Year's Eve" theme. I made the Christmas bauble in the photo here on the right later.

Now to explain how to make a Roller Chain Rope and a Paradox Pendulum is one thing - that is the "tool box" part that you will find in the magazine, and in my shop in February. However, to explain what exactly made me choose these colors and forms, beads and charms, is a totally different thing, and that is what this post is about: I make things from my heart and I will try, using images, to explain that aspect, and hopefully it will help you to make your piece a happy one, from your heart. Maybe yours will want to be ocean blue and turquoise green with cauri shells instead of cotton pearls, or emerald forest green and fuchsia with exotic bird charms or flowers...

The main color in my pendant is iris purple. It represents the mysterious variegated dark plum skies we sometimes have above Geneva on Winter nights, resulting from the amber street lights and other sources of light reflected by mist or clouds. David Fraga's beautiful photo of the Arve, a river crossing Geneva (colliding with the Rhone further down), illustrates this perfectly:

Arve, Geneva, photo courtesy David Fraga

Other cities also sometimes have this type of beautiful purple sky for the same reasons, like Paris:

Paris-la-Défense, Paris - photo courtesy Dimitri Destugues

The big white coton pearls remind of snow, but they also represent old round street lamps. I've always loved white globes. When I was a teenager, I often appreciated their soft light down town Geneva in December, for my school was located Rive gauche, and to go to the train station on Rive droite, I had to cross the Rhone river, which I did often by foot. There are several pedestrian bridges which are lit by these globes, as you can see in the photo below.

Quai Besanson-Hugues, by Patrick Nouhailler
I also love the beautiful railings and the Rousseau Island farther in the back, recognizable by its tree silhouettes.

Mr. Serge Vescovi sells chestnuts since more than
50 years - Photo Pierre Abensur, courtesy TdG.
Closing my eyes, I can nearly smell the roasted chestnuts sold at the Pont de l’Île where the above photo has been taken from (the "Island Bridge", which has a very old history). Roasted chestnuts are an institution in Geneva in the Fall and Winter. I might well have bought some from the vendor in the photo left :) Yum! 

But let me come back to the lamps: some are well known meeting points for people, before going to a party or event. I love the one in the photo at the top of this post very much - it is the famous "Ronde des Amours" on the Alexander III bridge in Paris. It is an extraordinary work of art, but uses electric light. London still has 1600 Victorian gas lamps, lit and taken care of every day by gas engineers, and I find that simply amazing. I love these beauties! 

Gas light engineer in London - courtesy Daily Mail

And maybe you guessed it already, but the orange fire-polished beads in the Roller Chain Rope represent all those lovely lights which look like long necklaces on river banks, bridges, roads and boulevards...
Alexandre III Bridge, Paris, France (25 December 2010)  by Dimitri Destugue

Brooklyn Bridge over East River, New York, USA

Geneva, Lake, the Quai Gustave-Ador and the Salève
with the Pâquis light tower at the Front

As you can see, this lariat and pendulum are all about light in the dark, meeting points, roads and bridges - all symbols of reunion. And that is what the 31st of December is about. Coming together with friends and having a good time and, for example, sing Auld Lang Syne... And of course rivers and bridges are great places to watch fireworks, for the view is excellent and the water a safer place to lit fireworks. But in Switzerland, fireworks are not shot on New Year's Eve, so there are no 'Fireworks' added to my pendant. I added clock parts and chain, to symbolize time and the count down to midnight, but you can add your own fabulous coral fringes if you wish. The pendulum is a very versatile and playful design and will love to be customized.

Now some hints for the Roller Chain Rope:

The lariat has a gold-filled hook clasp hand made by Almendro on Etsy, whose work I like very much. This type of clasps is very practical for reversible or twisted ropes.

Hook clasp

I like to make a surgeon's loop in the center of the lariat (also called an overhand bow) as you can see in the photos above. If your thread tension on the edges is soft, you can make all sorts of knots, like a tie knot or Chinese knots. There exist so many knots! The more loops you will make, the shorter the rope will become. You can also not knot, but twist the rope.

Have fun playing!

Make the lariat long enough to wrap it 5 times around your wrist, which should make it possible to wrap it easily 2 times around the neck, or 4 times around the ankle. For me, this resulted in a 1-meter lariat. Depending on your morphology, this can vary somewhat.

You can wear the lariat in a variety of manners. Because it is flat yet dimensional, it is reversible and can be twisted. It is visually more interesting to use two different colors for each side.

You can wear the lariat as a long twisted rope (1), as a short double twisted rope (2), or as an infinity loop choker (3).

Note that if you twist the rope, it will become shorter.

It is beautiful when completely twisted (4). The hook clasp is hidden inside the beadwork.

Voilà! Now you know nearly everything about this project and the playful possibilities that it offers. Yes you understood that well: nearly. There is one more thing to discover: a litlle secret hidden inside the pendulum.

"New Year's Eve" - Paradox Pendulum on Roller Chain Rope

My next blog post will be about this little secret that is a small Christmas gift for you.
Stay tuned! 

I wish you happy beading, counting down to New Year's Eve, one bead at a time ;-)