Ginger Rogers once said, in reference to Fred Astaire, "I do everything he does, but I do it backwards in high heels." That's not particularly pertinent to this story, except that what you are looking at is my latest necklace, but Ginger Rogers style; backwards. Fortunately, I didn't have to wear heels to do the beadweaving.
What I DID have to do was create bezels for some funky new shapes of Swarovski jewels that I got from my friend Doris Coghill at her wonderful website "Beads by Dee." The two shapes featured here are the #4227 Marque and the #4123 Vintage Faceted Ovals in both sizes offered. Those ovals are way down the page, but worth the hunt. While you are visiting her site, check out the other great offerings as well.
I had a great time making these bezels. For this, I must thank Diane Fitzgerald. When I was a shiny new baby beader with about 4 months of weaving under my belt, I took a Pointed Oval Links class from her, and learned the magic that can be made by combining peyote stitch with herringbone weave to create corners. She explains this magic in detail in her book "Shaped Beadwork." It is information I apply every time I need to make a bezel that is other than round. I think the backs of Swarovski jewels should always be encased, because those pretty anodized finishes are just not forever, and do succumb to perspiration and wear if left exposed. So, I also had a little fun along the way on the rounds with some occasional netting, and color changes. I don't have the patience to write instructions, but I love pictures, so here's a glance at one way to create unusual bezels for shapes that include angles and unusual curves.
If you want to see the necklace in the Fred Astaire (forward facing) mode, please visit my Etsy shop and take a look at "Bollywood Beauty," my entry for the Etsy Beadweavers September Challenge. I hope you'll visit our team blog at http://www.etsy-beadweavers.blogspot.com/ and vote for your favorite Bollywood-inspired work between September 9th and 15th. In the mean time, check out Glenda's (Dax Designs) article on what exactly it means to be a Bollywood beadweaver, also on our EBW blogsite.