Designer Helena Chmel√≠kov√° created this spectacular neckpiece using just wire and mostly Preciosa Drop seed beads. It hugs the neck with long graduated dangles.  It is called the "Milky Way" necklace because the drops reminded the designer of the many stars in our galaxy.

How it was constructed was novel. The vertical dangles were all made and arranged in a graduated fashion with the longest in the middle.  Then four foundation rows are created to span the distance between the connectors using rocailles and the wire to trap each vertical dangle in place.  Clever!

The instructions are actually on the next tab to the materials. So you have to check what the abbreviations are on the first tab if you cannot understand the procedure in the second tab. For instance, CR means the crimp bead.

Definitely a design meant for a special outfit.  Or perhaps a bridal piece with white or clear beads.

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