Friday, July 22, 2011
What to Do With the Odd Bead
I have so many beads just lying around my house just collecting dust. Beads which were left over pieces from a finished jewelry set, one-off's that were either experiments or just from trying something new, single beads from a new glass color I have tested, etc.
I sometimes look at them and think about making a whole set around these lonely little guys or using them in some other way just so they don't go to waste. By the time I get back to the torch, I have other things in mind and sometimes orders to get done so I rarely make any companions for my "odd-lot" beads.
But today, I have finally used some of those little lonely beads by making hemp key chains. I had a lot of fun making these. I used to make macrame hanging pot-holders and such WAY back when I was a teenager, maybe even in grade school. The same concept and knotting is used in this jewelry and so it was fun to do it again as well as bring back some good childhood memories.
I am hoping to make more of these, along with some bracelets and maybe a necklace or 2. They will probably be posted in my Etsy store soon.