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Centerpiece Pendants and Necklaces
With my BezelWorks centerpiece pendants, settings are beadwoven around the outer edge of a center-piece gemstone or Austrian crystal pendant, securing the stone in place. The backs of these beadwoven bezels are left open to allow the light to pass through the gemstone or crystal centerpiece, thus enhancing your appreciation of the center-piece and the powers of light, shadow, reflection and refraction.
The BezelWorks Pendants are made with Japanese size 11/0 Delica beads, Japanese 15/0 seed beads, and 2.0mm - 4.0mm Austrian crystal beads in round and bicone shapes.
These beads are used to create a tubular peyote-stitch bezel around a centerpiece gemstone or austrian crystal pendant. After the bezel is created, a circular peyote-stitch frame is beadwoven around the bezel boundary. After the frame is finished, the frame is embellished with a fringe or edging pattern, using a ndebele-stitch fringing technique.
A peyote-stitch bead woven bail is added at the top. A tubular Ndebele-stitch beadwoven strap serves to secure this BezelWorks pendant.
settings for center-piece stones are typically fabricated or cast
in metal. Stones are either glued or prong set in place. While artfully
done, these often left an awkward or less satisfying organic relationship
between stone and setting. Moreover, these settings frequently encapsulated
the back of the stone, weakening the power and essence of the stone
--- Warren Feld
Brown Fire Opal with Burgundy Crystals, showing bail and strap
The BezelWorks Pendant w/bail, as shown, are made with Japanese size 11/0 Delica beads (glass and 24KT), Japanese 15/0 24KT seed beads, and 2.0mm - 4.0mm Austrian crystal beads in round and bicone shapes. The centerpiece stone is either a gemstone or an Austrian crystal pendant.
The beadwoven straps are made from Japanese size 11/0 Delica beads, with a gold-filled or sterling silver hook/eye clasp and extender chain. The straps are 16" and may be extended to 19" lengths.
shown, with 1 centerpiece stone:
BezelWorks Pendant w/bail (no strap): $1225.00
BezelWorks Ndebele Straight Strap: add $400.00
BezelWorks Ndebele Twisted Strap: add $475.00
shown below, with 4 centerpiece stones (3 fire agates and 1 Austrian
crystal), with wire work incorporated into one of the bezel frames,
and the piece as a whole prepared for a seven-strand necklace, backed
with bronzed filigree pieces.
BezelWorks 4-Stone Centerpiece: $5275.00