Give Momma the Glow Sticks and Nobody Gets hurt LOL!

TGIF (Thank Goodness I’m Fabulous!) and you will be too when you make gorgeous beads from glow-stick tubes:

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These beads were made from the stiff protective tubes that skinny glow-sticks come in, you know the black tube that keeps the glow-sticks from cracking before they are ready to use. You can use any tube you like though, even drinking straws but they won’t be a rigid as the tubes glow sticks come in. Watch the video to see the process:

It is a pretty easy craft, first you cut a piece of tube the length you want your bead to be, Cover it with paper (I used the painted rice paper scraps leftover from the rice paper earrings I made on Tuesday) and give it a coat of Mod-podge or glue and let it dry:

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Then embellish with wire, beads and bead caps. It is a great use for leftovers, you can even wrap scraps of ribbon or pretty string around them! (Great, another excuse to hoard our scraps LOL!)

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I hope you enjoyed this project and give it a try yourself. If you have any questions just leave a comment. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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WOYWW: I was going to make beads today…

…but I guess I’ll just sort some instead:
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Nifty, huh? I have been picking away at sorting beads throughout the Christmas break. I needed something to store small pots of beads since whenever I would open said pots they would fly hither and thither around my craft room, hence, I never used them! Then I remembered that I had bought plastic test tubes a couple of years back for party favors (and they were so cute I could not part with them) and they would be perfect for storing these beads. The rubber stoppers on the end are secure yet easy to remove so I can get to my beads without spilling them but if I knock a closed vial on the floor the stoppers will stay put. These are not real test tubes, they are test tube shooters (ya know for liquor shots…so I’m told…) and they are pennies a piece  I think the tubes are 6 cents and the stoppers are 2 cents each, I got a set of 50 tubes and the holder for $18 at Shot Wizard.

So here is my very sad, neglected, abandoned work table today:

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Why am I not making beads you ask? Because one of my little ones is sick with a stomach ache and nasty cough, I will be taking her to the doctor in a few minutes to make sure nothing serious is wrong, I worry about pneumonia whenever there is a rattly cough…and she has had the cough since Friday. Poor dear. 😦

Wanna see more crafty workdesks? Check out What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday at The Stamping Ground. It is a fun peek into the mes…er, studios of other artists and it might even make you want to go make something! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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