Stitch a unique collection of beaded gears!
The gear is a standard component of mechanical machines,
which are most elegantly expressed through the inner
workings of clocks. The earliest known clockwork mechanism
dates back to ancient Greece, and you'll find this
technology in countless standard and astronomical clocks
today. You can also find clockwork mechanisms in childrens'
wind-up toys, kitchen timers, and fancy music boxes.
Virtually every city in the world has its own unique public
clock, and the clock motif features in many classical and
contemporary works of art. The steampunk aesthetic, in
particular, incorporates clockwork mechanisms into
fantastical artistic designs.
While steampunk jewelry
typically highlights metal gears and chains, this piece
comes together entirely from glass and crystal. An
assortment of angular beads highlight the mechanical theme
of the necklace; you'll use lots of two-hole Miyuki half
Tilas and quarter Tilas along with several types of Japanese
bugle beads to stitch each gear. You'll weave them using
peyote stitch with some clever twists an turns that fit the
beads together like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle. You'll attach
the gears to each other and finish the necklace with a
double wide strap stitched with right-angle weave (RAW).
Tons of variations are possible using these beaded gears;
use them to stitch bracelets, earrings, and several
combinations of long or short pendants!