When I got the beads, I was instantly challenged by the long tubes. I felt that would be a difficult shape for me to work with, so I really wanted to use them, and not just be safe and leave them out. After much consideration, I decided to use the tube in a sort of unexpected way. I wrapped a brass filigree component around the center of the tube and was able to bend it so I could use jump rings (there are 4 of them at the top) so that I could wire the necklace sides onto the brass.
So that is the design story of my collaborative piece. I really enjoyed working on it! I love the colors and the textures in the polymer, and the way its matte finish contrasts with my glossy beads. I learned some new things, challenged myself, and am very happy with the result! I hope you will check out what Heather and Melissa have done with their beads. Visit their blogs today for their own works and stories