This is my first time using pottery beads. These blue beads have a roughhewn look to them, and they had a large uneven hole. I wanted to limit any abrasiveness so I used an orange suede cord for its strength and durability, and also knotted the beads in place to limit their movement. Beads sliding back and forth can cause the stringing material to abrade.
The upper part of the necklace is an antiqued silverplated chain. I didn't like the idea of having these large beads up against the neck. I also like to limit the amount of heavy beads in a necklace.