Ok, so yesterday’s necklace was a really easy one, this one? Not so much. Working in two strands like this is something I really don’t do often so I had to totally wing it to guess how to make it work and lay right. Luckily I guessed right (using 2mm silver beads on the top row and 3mm on the bottom – silver beads from Fire Mountain Gems) and it lays perfectly around my neck. My main focus was on these lovely acacia seed beads I got from Auntie’s Beads. I bought bunches of naturals – mainly different seeds and they’ve been sitting around for about a year now and I just happened to pull them out and the design pretty much just decided itself. I don’t know if most people work from one side or from the middle when working with double-strands, but since I wasn’t sure how this would work, I had to work from the middle. Let’s just say I found that extremely challenging, lol, to hang onto four wire ends while stringing and counting. Maybe too much multi-tasking for me, lol. The silver elephant was a last minute addition after I decided the collar was too predictable. I had pulled out a baggie I got full of random things I bought at a bead store some time ago and when that little elephant charm came out of the baggie, I thought it would be just perfect with the acacia seeds. Gotta admit. From “gee, I’ve had these seeds a while – I should use them”, I ended up with what is probably one of my favorite pieces I’ve made. Definitely one of the more ambitious, since I usually do strictly simple stringing (shhh, those of you who are saying “But Jenna, that IS still simple stringing – I don’t want to know, preferring to tell myself it was impressive, lol). My photography on this was less than impressive, I know. And it’s snowing yet again. So by the time we see the sun again, I’ll forget that this needs to be re-photographed, lol, so I won’t even promise it!