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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.

 


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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.