Sunday, November 3, 2013

The story of four pendants from the Classic Bead

Lately, I've been playing with pendants made by Tracee Dock of the Classic Bead.

I've been a fan of Tracee's ever since I saw this necklace in the Spring 2010 issue of Stringing magazine.  Tracee's beads are gorgeous and I love her sense of style.

Recently, I was able to meet Tracee in person.  We met for brunch with Sharyl, then had a great time shopping at Harbor Freight and Joanne's.

Tracee brought some of her beads for show and tell.  Of course, Sharyl and I had to buy a few.  :)

As I added those beads to my stash, I realized I've been hoarding some of Tracee's pendants for a while.  I figured this was a good time for them to come out and play.

This was the first necklace I completed.

I used a cellini spiral for the center portion of the necklace (similar to this one) and used a bit of leather for the back of the necklace.

I made an s hook clasp that works perfectly with the leather.

The next necklace started after, inspired by my friend Sharyl, I played around with patinas and gilders paste.

I liked the result, but had a hard time incorporating it into a finished piece.  I looked through my beads and found this bumblebee pendant by Tracee.

It's a simple necklace, but I really like it.

Of course, I wondered how gilders paste worked on chain maille.

I adapted the center part of Kylie Jones's "Fluid" necklace, published in the October issue of Step by Step Wire Jewelry, and started adding patina and gilders paste.

I loved how it turned out and how it complimented this awesome pendant from Tracee.

This time, I added a bit of ribbon and beaded bands to hold the ribbon in place.  I also couldn't resist adding a beaded clasp.

Finally, I had the opportunity to play with an awesome disc/shallow cone bead Tracee made.  She showed it to Sharyl and me at brunch and mentioned that it had a tendency to fall forward, like many other types of disc beads.

This tutorial by Tanya McGuire immediately came to mind.  Tracee gifted me the bead and asked me to see what I could do.

Tanya's tutorial worked perfectly.

I painted a lucite leaf and added it to the back of the pendant.

I made another cellini spiral for the middle of the necklace and used an awesome chain I had been saving for a special occasion.

I adore how this turned out.

The beads I used are only a sampling of what Tracee has in her Classic Bead shop.

She's started adding holiday beads.  Take some time and look through her shop -- you won't be disappointed.

If you are looking for buttons or other clay creations, you can find them in Tracee's Classic Elements shop.


  1. I would be hard-pressed to pick a favorite as all are so beautiful and unique. Love the use of the leather strap in the first one and the offset floral piece in the second one, etc. And your beading work is as spectacular as always. And a day spent in the company of beading friends (and shopping with them!) is the best.

  2. These are all so beautiful and I love your mix of materials. They're all fantastic!

  3. what an amazing collection Tanya! I do really, really love how you used the leather in the first piece, and that chainmaille in the third .... I had to enlarge and just study your work! truly gorgeous!!

  4. Cynthia - above - stole my comment! There is no way I can pick of favorite! I love, love, love the spiral! But then again, that is an awesome piece of leather with the tiny rivets - the S clasp for a fastener is perfect! But, wait, the chain maille...swoon! Each technique you used sets off the beautiful pendants perfectly!

  5. Wow Tanya,
    All of your necklaces are gorgeous I love how you mixed all the different mediums into each of these beauties. Your skills are amazing.
    I am going to go check out Tracee's shop.

  6. I'm with Cynthia: love the zoom to get a close look at your amazing work, Tanya!

  7. Totally awesome! I love the way you incorporated different techniques and textures. Miss Tracee does make great things, and it is so awesome to meet the artist! Thank you for sharing. Enjoy the day! Erin

  8. These are all beautiful! There is usually one I gravitate toward more than the others, but not in this case (thought that chain maille on the 3rd one is a knockout!), They are all stellar! I love the look of the spiral with the leather as much as I liked it with the chain maille in previous posts. You have a real talent for blending fiber/metal/beads/weaving but keeping the flow. I took a look at Tracee's Etsy and there were a lot of great pieces there!

  9. Thank you so much for this lovely write up mIss Tanya! We will have to get together again soon!