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Endeavors in Beading

Since pulling out my bead loom, I’ve been inspired to take a small break from the knitting and crocheting to work on some beading designs.

This is my first new design brought to life, a whimsical flower bracelet. This one was kind of fun. I charted out a basic flower and started the beading at different points in the pattern to give the impression of wild flowers in a field. The bracelet is posted on etsy if you want to take a looksy.

Meanwhile, my latest blanket is getting so close to being finished I can taste it. Stay tuned!


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Endeavors in Up-cycling


I was at the store the other day where I had a serious case of  “hey I can do that,” when I saw a whole section dedicated to pop tab jewelry. And when I say a whole section, I mean a whole section. They had bracelets, necklaces, earrings, and purses. It was crazy!

I wanted to make them all, but I don’t drink that much soda, and had to stick with making a few bracelets.


In preparation for another project I had bought a package of aluminum chain mail. I ended up going with something else for that craft, but they were perfect for this one. They were a bit too small to fit through the wide part of the pop tabs, so I had to play with them to be able to connect the tabs. (The original bracelet I saw was pop tabs linked end-to-end with two rings in between them).

While it took a little playing, and the loss of a few rings that were bent so out of shape that they would never be rings again, I think it came out nicely, since the tabs had to be connected in such an intricate way.

Want to take one home today? Check out etsy.



Queen of Hearts

At the request of my sister, I dusted off the old bead loom.

She was going through some old photos and found one where she was wearing the heart choker I had made her in high school. She loved that thing, but she wore it everywhere and managed to break it long before it’s due.

So at her request, I made her a replacement one. And then, because I was having so much fun, I made several more.

To make sure that these didn’t befall the fate of the last one, I went about these a little differently. Instead of using regular thread to string the beads, I instead used super heavy-duty upholstery thread. There’s a little less give now (I usually use a thin thread that stretches a bit), and some of the beads were too small to fit over the thickness; but I figure if this thread can hold together a couch cover, it can stand up to a 20-year-old girl.

Secondly, instead of using a loop clasp made out of beads, I used metal jump rings and a lobster clasp. The best thing, that means the size can now be adjusted. Yay!

I think she enjoyed them, but I think I went a little overboard, since the next thing I knew, two of them were listed on etsy. That’s okay, they are super cute and I’m sure will be purchased in no time.

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Endeavors in Hardware

The other day I was at the hardware store with my husband. Being a man, he spent forever looking at screws and bolts. So, I started wandering down the aisle, and among the circular washers, I noticed the lock washers.

Now, I don’t look at washers all that often, and had no idea there were little washers that looked just like gears. And because I was in a crafting mood, I decided I needed some to make jewelry.

(You love my artsy photos right?)

I created these using 14 1/4″lock washers spaced with silver rings (they didn’t have a size listed, but are the same size as the inner ring of the lock washers) and closed with a hidden clasp for added elegance. I found the clasps and rings at my local Wal-Mart, which, unlike some of the others I have been to, still has a craft section. I’ve seen similar rings at craft stores, but they were much cheaper at Wal-Mart.

Funny thing, after creating this work of inspiration, I came across a similar bracelet by Love Megan. Her bracelet is super cute too, she used a contrasting silver chain to attach her washers. I think it gives it a really elegant look.

For more photos, and to buy an already assembled bracelet, check out etsy.