Over the years I have acquired lots of really nice secondhand beads, most coming from charity shops but some coming as cast-offs from friends and family.
This particular set were found in a local charity shop and included some lovely dark plum coloured lava stones, some glass beads and some fairly horrid and manky cheap spacers.
I restrung them and used them in my exhibition last summer. This style of necklace, just a few beads strung on a piece of wire, was the very first type of necklace I learned to make when I was practising how to choose bead sizes and colours and attach a clasp. I had forgotten how useful it is as a type of necklace to have, nice and light and not too dominating if worn with a t-shirt or top where it blends in with the colour.
This charity shop necklace was originally a long and tremendously heavy string of fairly rough chunks of jasper. To much of a good thing and almost unwearable because of its weight. I think I paid about £2 for it and remade it into a much shorter version with nice rustic spacers instead of the nasty corroded metal balls that were in it. Much more wearable and the rough chunkiness of the stones make a striking statement on a plain top. Without giving the wearer neck ache!