Use jump rings to go ethnic

Svetlana Gracheva from Donetsk, Ukraine embeds what look to be jump rings into her faux ethnic polymer beads with a stunningly realistic effect. The jump rings become bezels for small imitation turquoise and coral pieces.

Other metal is sandwiched in the middle of faux amber and turquoise beads. You can see examples of the techniques in her Lhasa and Nagrang Tibetan-style necklaces pictured here.

On her Tibetan bead class description page, Svetlana offers pictures (scroll down her page) that show how she performs her sleight of hand. In that class she finishes the beads with mosaic inlays. What a treat for those of us searching for new faux fun.

  • reply JeannieK ,

    Holy Crow! These are magnificent!

    • reply Barb Fajardo ,

      sheer genius…love the look!

      • reply Krisitne Kennedy ,

        Wonderful technique! Thanks so much for sharing this.

        • reply Sherry Bailey ,

          Beautiful! Something to experiment with!

          • reply Jan montarsi ,

            Beautiful work !!!
            It gives me so many ideas.

            • reply Ania Brandon ,

              What beautiful and “cutting edge” innovative work. So kind to let us see the technique behind the beauty!

              • reply Margit Böhmer ,

                So beautiful, I am enthused,thank you for showing these gorgeous necklaces

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                  • reply artybecca ,

                    both are gorgeous but the orange, gold, and turquoise is spectacular!

                    • reply Line Labrecque ,

                      They are beautiful indeed and the photos of the technique are very generous. I just wish I’d remember more of my russian classes from university.

                      • reply suzanne ,

                        wow, they are so beautiful!! the turquoise and the orange and red are absolutely stunning!!

                        • reply TheOzRoom ,

                          I’am in love!

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