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Monday, August 23, 2010


One of my objectives at Bead and Button was to find a clasp for a Turkish Flat Bead Crochet necklace that I made using two different sizes of beads. When I taught the Turkish Flat Bead Crochet technique to Moncie Williams, a former employee, she played with using different beads for top and bottom . When Julia Gerlach at Bead and Button wondered what would happen if I tried different-sized beads with the Turkish Flat Bead Crochet technique, I had to experiment myself.
I walked through over two-thirds of the shopping area at Bead and Button without finding a clasp that excited me and then I came across the Mad About Beads booth. I immediately fell in love with the ceramic clasps made by Saralee Rhoads and found the hand-shaped clasp (shown above) that seemed to be made for my necklace. To see more of Saralee's work, visit

Here is the finished necklace. Using two sizes of beads allowed me to make a 24" necklace with a gentle curve so that it fits nicely around the neck. Now to go find other bead combinations.

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