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I had heard of SilverSilk but did not know much about it. After attending The Great Bead Extravaganza, where owner and designer Nealay Patel was a presenter, I started following. I couldn’t resist the kit called Northern Lights. That had to be beautiful, right? And it was. I should have taken a picture of it, but you can see the kit and the beautiful designs Nealay made in his video. I made my first SilverSilk piece based on his lariat style necklace design.

Necklace made of teal SilverSilk jewelry wire into a lariat style with a large crystal heart on one side and various crystal and rhinestone beads on the other side.

One of the things I like about SilverSilk is it gives a way to wear really pretty or special beads that you want to highlight in a different way than using regular chain (although I often like that as well.) I think it is a lovely design element similar to a beaded rope, which I don’t have the skills for. This style of SilverSilk is called pearlesque. It is knitted rainbow tinsel over ball chain. Then thin wire is knitted in a tube over that. It is very lightweight and supple and comes in various colors. This teal is a limited edition. I was a little nervous to crimp it, but the custom crimps work like a dream and don’t require any glue. I read Nealay’s article with tips and tricks to make sure I had no snags!

Almost everything here is from the kit. Two beads I added are the clear crystal drops. Years ago, before she passed away, my friend Edith gave me some of her jewelry. Those crystal drops are from a pair of earrings. I can’t wear earrings, so I wanted to incorporate them into another piece. This was the perfect chance. I’m so happy I found a special design to use those in. Thanks Nealay and SilverSilk!

If you would like to learn more about SilverSilk, you can check out the links I’ve provided (they are to the shop, the Facebook page and the YouTube channel.) You can also attend the next Great Bead Extravaganza by joining the Facebook group. It is coming up March 19 – 21, 2021. You can watch presenters live or re-watch later if you can’t make it live.