Posted on March 14, 2013 by thefrugalcrafter
Darn it, every time I go to put away my beads I end up making more stuff! To add to my wire wrapping obsession of making trees I am now making nests. These nests are quick and easy, it take less than 10 minutes to make one and they are so cute:
You can use the nests for rings, pendants, pins, earrings-you name it! This is a great use of natural stones such as turquoise, jasper, pearls and other semi-precious stones that can otherwise be dwarfed in a jewelry design. It is also great for using up leftover beads for other projects.
Here is a video to show you how. I went on the hunt for inexpensive, good quality wire (my current obsession had me using my wire stash up like it was going out of style!) and I found some deals. I talk about that, and review types of wire and tools a bit at the start of this video so if you know all that and want to get strait to the tutorial skip to 3:00.
Easy huh? Be warned, this is addictive! I am planning to sell these at the local spring fair this year, I think they will be lovely Mother’s day gifts. I will sell them for $5-$15 depending on the cost of the beads I used 🙂
Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
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Posted on February 19, 2013 by thefrugalcrafter
Howdy all! here is a project that will stretch your options with your jewelry making supplies and make a great gift of craft fair item:
All you need is a key ring, flexible beading wire (like Tigertail or Accuflex) a large focal bead (I used a bobbin bead-see yesterday’s post for a how to), a charm and a coordinating bead and two #4 crimp tubes.
How to build the key chain:
- Cut 12″ of wire. Slip a charm (or a bead) to the mid-point and fold the wire in half.
- Slide the wire ends through the hole in the large focal bead (the first bead with keep the beads secure.)
- Place on another bead then slip on 2 #4 crimp beads (both wires in both tubes.)
- Put the ends of the wires through the key ring and then back through both crimp tubes.
- Feed the ends of the wires back through the beads if there is room. Trim any wire sticking out past the focal bead.
- Squeeze the crimp tubes closed using crimp plies if you have them (they will give you a nicer look and a more secure hold) or needle-nosed plies if you don’t.
- Tie a scrap of ribbon around the crimp tubes. Done!
A pretty key chain can be used to hold your keys (of course) but it can also be clipped to a purse, luggage or a backpack for decoration or identification. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
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