(click for detail)I ordered 800 of the blue bicones off ebay, and started working on the first full necklace. Two bad things happened - first, I realized I only received half the order (I emailed the vendor, the other 400 are on their way), and second, I realized that my tension was terrible. for the weave to be attractive, it needs to be tight. The loop I completed with the blue beads is long enough to slip over my head, but sloppy enough that I think I will just cut it apart and start over when the other beads arrive.
The red necklace is my third attempt. The red beads are from a bag of E beads that I have had forever, and that I had mostly used as spacers. The bronze iris beads are ones that I bought at the Bead Expo. I never thought I would run out of those red beads, but I ended up cutting apart another project and tapering off with smaller, duller beads just to scrounge enough to finish the necklace. Still, I really like it. The red and brown together makes me think of chocolate covered cherries. I was able to keep my work tighter, but it was still the most difficult part of doing the weave. Does anyone have any good suggestions for maintaining a good thread tension?