Beads

Beads ore made from oil kinds of materials including gloss, porcelain, plastic, metal, wood, and bone. Specialist bead stores contain thousands of different sizes and types, orronged by both color and size, and I defy anyone to visit such a store without buying something! Semiprecious chip stones and bone- or wood-effect beads are lovely becds to use on Celtic-style jewelry, as similar materials might well hove been used by the Celts. Tiny seed beads usually sold in tubes—are useful as "stopper" beads but, because they are so tiny, if you want them to have any impact in a design you generally need to string several together Pre-drilled shells also make lovely beads and you can even use objects without o pre-drilled hole, such as smoll pebbles, by wrapping wire around them, os in the Pebble and Shell Charm Bracelet on page 50.

When buying beads, always check that the wire you intend to use fits through the bead hole, as there is no correlation between the size of a bead and the diameter of its hole. If you can't find beads thot exactly match the ones that I've used in the projects in this book, buy something of a similar size.

found objects, such as pehMcs <itd .shells. could uvll have been used by the C elfs us talismans or charms, and make striking 'Ireads' for Celtic-style jewelry.

Try to think about the kinds of materials that the Celts would haw had al their disposed. Wooden and bone-effect Ivatis such as these are particularly appropriate.

Class bemis range from completely transparent to almost opatpie. They can be expensive, so they are perhaps best used as "foeal" beads for maximum impact.

basic techniques

Pull the wire around the pegs, following the pattern. You will need to keep pushing the wire down to the base of the pegs in order to keep the motif reasonably flat. Carefully remove the wire unit from the pegs.

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