Harvest Shimmer Necklace
This year I was lucky enough to see the harvest moon in the sky several nights in a row. I'm often inspired by the colors of nature, and the moon called to me to design a piece that would capture it's brilliant color surrounded by the deep black sky. I feel this necklace did just that.
Step 1: Cut a 28" piece of beading thread and fold it in half. Tie a large knot as illustrated in image A. Cut off the extra tail of thread from the knot. Slide on a bead tip with the mouth pointing toward the knot. Add a small drop of glue and close the bead tip using a flat tip pliers as illustrated in image B.
Step 2: Begin stringing your beads. After the bead tip, thread both strings through one bronze 10/0 bead. Next, string one strand at a time - 17 mixed 11/0 Jet Black OP/RB and 10/0 seed beads will go on each strand. Notice in the large 'map' image below that the area marked section 1 does not have any garnets and will therefore not 'bulge' the way the other sections do.
Step 4: Follow the large map image for the order in stringing your large beads.
Step 5: Once all your beading is done, string one final bronze 10/0 bead on both threads before putting on your bead tip. Make sure you pull the threads tightly so that your beads bulge properly! Put the bead tip on with the mouth facing the ends of the threads this time. Tie another large knot to secure the threads. Putting on the final bead tip is a very tricky part of the process, try using a needle as illustrated in image D to help you tie a large an secure knot inside the open bead tip. Again, add a drop of glue and cut the extra thread from your knot. Use a flat nosed pliers to close the bead tip.
Step 6: Close the hooks of both bead tips onto either piece of the toggle clasp and you're done!
Tom was just walking out of the campers dormitory when a UPS truck pulled up to the office. Running excitedly to the truck, Tom said,"
Hey mister, do you have our equipment?"
"Hi kid! I don't know, I just have two big boxes for a Mr. Peabody, Know where I can find him?"
"Yeh! I'll get him. Mr. Peabody, Mr. Peabody come quick the UPS truck is here!"
"OK Tom, I'll be right there...! Good morning, I'm Mr. Peabody."
"Sign here please!"
"Thank you! The children have been waiting very excitedly for this equipment."
"Yuh! Great, See you!"
"Tom, please go get the two wheel truck from the office please?"
"Right away Mr. Peabody!"
"Hi! Tom, what's up?"
"Hi Jane the equipment is here, I'm getting the hand truck for Mr. Peabody."
Soon the equipment was wheeled into the main hall and unpacked.
"Okay now that everyone is setup again, we can resume where we
left off. Let's see, ceramics, you all set?'
"That's great Mr. Peabody", Tom said.
Soon the wood burning had moved right along and the group was finishing their projects.
"What do you think, Mr. Peabody?"
"Gary, they are all works of art!"
Gary grinned form ear to ear! He beamed like the sun!
"Well folks, there you have it, your first wood burning project. After they cool, we will spray them in a well ventilated area, with the graphic art sealer spray. You can also put picture hanging brackets on the back, if you like and hang them up when you go home. Next week you all can select another project to work on! Every one, go have supper now"
And so it went for the summer, new projects, new talents learned....
For a paper back copy of this manuscript, or information for obtaining materials for these projects, please Write DC Publishing Co. 55 Hunting St. Malden, MA 02148. for details.
Author's Notes: The procedures contained in this story are tried and proven techniques by the author. I have been in the Woodburning Craft for approximately 10 years. I've taught Woodburning for approximately 4 years. It is strongly suggested that parents supervise all wood burning procedures as the burning iron gets extremely HOT!... DO NOT lay iron down on any combustible materials. Always use the support stand supplied with your Wood Burner.
Author's disclaimer: All names and locations in this story are purely fictional. Any resemblance to any one real or imagined is purely coincidental. It's not the authors intent to represent any one living or deceased.
Authors Note: For Woodburning supplies and books, many local arts and craft stores carry these items: (or you can contact DC Publishing Company, A division of
DC Products Company, 55 Hunting Street Malden, MA 02148 for: Wood(Bass wood, or Pine are excellent choices.) Woodburning Irons, Art transfer books, Tracing paper for non-self rubbing transfer books. Wood sealer spray.(Actually Graphic Artists spray to seal Pencil or Chalk pictures.) Hangers for plaque or picture type wood. Graphite Paper for tracing. Oil based coloring sticks.(Great for coloring burnings.
I would like to thank Walnut Hollow Farm, for the many points of information in this story, where I get many of my Woodburning supplies. And for their assistance in my Woodburning Career over the years. The patterns and woodburning technique tips, are from Walnut Hollow Farms, Inc. Creative WoodBurning Book. 1978.
Etcetera would like to thank Mr. Cuscuna for his months of hard work getting "Yay! School's Out" ready to be published! We hope children and adults around the world have enjoyed his unique story on the process of woodburning!