This is a very basic beaded necklace I made for one of my granddaughters who just happens to like dolphins. I am showing this not for my photographic skills but for the beading basics.
This is a simple single strand necklace. It is a longer length around 20 inches.
There are Standard Jewelry Lengths which are as follows:
Bracelet = 6-7 inches
Anklet = 8-9 inches
Choker = 15-16 inches
Princess = 18-20 inches
Matinee = 23-27 inches
Lariat = 42 inches or more
These are merely suggested lengths and the beauty of making your own jewelry is that you can lengthen or shorten as you wish. For instance bracelets are mostly comfortable at 7 1/2 inches for most people however some prefer a much shorter or longer fitting.
If you use a beading board to lay out your beads it will be helpful as it also has inches marked so you can easily determine the length you are working with.
I am currently making some bracelets for 2010 Christmas gifts for family members. I will be carefully measuring them without the recipient knowing. Hmmm...that will be a trick. LOL
I like to be prepared for gifting long before the time comes. I used to keep a cupboard just for gifts however I ran out of space. Now I dedicate an antique dresser to the task of storing gifts through the year. I buy or make when something strikes my fancy for a specific person. Then I have birthdays and holidays covered when the occasion is here.
I hope you try your beading techniques and share them with us.
I have a new item on the design board that I would love to share soon.