While browsing through some old craft magazines, I found a pattern for a beaded talisman necklace.
The beads are woven together in groups of three, then joined into a circle. Then the next row is stitched to the first. The flap continued on after the first 8 rows were complete, and has an opening for the loop, which is stitched to the front.
I needed a large bead or stone to use as a closure, but after checking through my "stuff" and even looking in a shop, I decided to play with some polymer clay to make the shape I wanted. I attached the stone to the top of the pouch with a beaded string.
The clay that I used was a light blue and a white pearl colour.
I needed to make a string of beads so that the talisman pouch becomes wearable. I made some flat beads with leftover polymer clay, and I found some silver bugle beads to help lengthen the strand. As you can see, I still have some more beading to complete before attaching the strand to the other side of the pouch.
I'm still a real novice at both beading and polymer clay, but the process is fun, and time consuming, which makes it appealing to me. I'm not a fan of "quick and easy" projects.