Metric Conversion Chart, Measuring Thread and Working with Clasps, Finishing Memory Wire , Threading Beads on Leather, Multi Strand Necklaces, Bead Storage , Cleaning Beads, Beading Surface, Birthstone Colors, Cleaning Silver, Opening Jump Rings, Threads, Crimps, Choosing Pliers, ChoosingWire Cutters, Drilling Holes In Beads, All Pliers Are Not Created Equal, Keeping Track of Loose Ends, Lighting and magnification, Photographing Beads & Jewelry, Getting Odors Out of Beads, Headpin Loops, Straightening Elastic Thread, Measuring Without a Tape,
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Even the most frugal beader often comes up with a stockpile of extra beads. It’s hard to justify buying more unless you can eliminate some of your current stash. Here are several ideas to artfully use the overages, so you can indulge in more!
To create twists in wire, use a long, narrow swizzle stick, dowel or rigid piece of metal, plastic or wood. Wrap the wire three times around the bottom of the rod to secure it, then add a bead. Twist the wire twice more around the rod, then add another bead. Continue until you reach the end of the rod, then you can remove the strand and stretch it out just enough to loosen the wire a bit, but not enough to get rid of all of the kinks. This adds interest to the strand and also lessens the amount of beads needed to complete the project.
To attach the string to the lamp, hook the wire around the metal frame at the top. If you’re using tigertail, make a loop around the frame and use a crimp bead to secure it. A drop of hot glue will also work as an anchor. Around the bottom of the lampshade, you can hook the wire on the underside or use more hot glue.
Candle Lace: Loop a piece of chain around the top of a cylindrical candle horizontally, then open up one of the links and attach it where it overlaps. Take another piece of chain and attach it to this juncture, draping it downward and winding it around the back of the candle, where you can now drape it upward and attach it at the same central point.
Purse Handle: .
Measure out a piece of wire that is twice the length of the handle. Wrap it three times closely at one end, tucking the tail under this coil. Then, string a small bead, a large one, and then a small one that matches the first, and wrap the wire twice more around the handle. Continue until you reach the end of the handle, then wrap the wire three times around the end, cutting it an inch after that and tucking the tail under your wrap. Attach the handle to the purse or box and change the beads as the season dictates!
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