Black Magic Neckpiece

Julia Camilleri © 2006

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Last year I made and beaded this polymer face. I had no idea what I was going to do with it, then a couple of months ago an invitation to a dinner came up and I thought I would have a go at making a neckpiece to wear.

I had in my stash a lovely black lace motif that I thought would be perfect beaded with oil slick beads…they always look so elegant.

First I backed a piece of black Satin fabric with a piece of buckram a little bigger all around than the lace motif. I then basted the lace onto the black satin fabric with the buckram backing. I have used white buckram here for ease in demonstration, but it is better to use black buckram if you can get it so that no white edges show when you trim back to the lace.

I pulled all the different types of oil slick beads that I could find out of my stash, Bugle beads, seed beads, flower beads, what ever I had, and beaded the lace motif, stitching right through all three layers.  
Then I trimmed back the excess fabric and buckram back to the edge of the lace. I then positioned the polymer beaded face on the lace and attached it to the neckpiece. 
I cut two pieces of black velvet ribbon long enough to tie around my neck and attached them to the neckpiece at the top, making sure it would hang properly when tied.  
To finish off the neck piece, I then used a quick clear drying craft glue to glue a piece of black ultra suede to the back and carefully trimmed it back to the shape of the neck piece…the ultra suede does not fray, so it gives it a nice finish as is.  

In case you are wondering, the neckpiece made up beautifully, but on the evening of the dinner I chickened out and didn't wear it; instead I wore a simple black jet beaded necklace.

Why not make one for yourself or as a gift for someone special, and let me know if you wear it. I wish I had now!

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