Wednesday, December 23, 2009
On the 11th Day of Christmas: Beaded Garland
Do you have left over beads? Do you have too many beads but can't figure out what to do with them? I often sell "grab bags" at shows made up of art beads that didn't sell, or are one of a kinds that don't fit in with the rest of my art bead line. This is a good use for left over art beads, accent beads or in my case, prototype beads and seconds.
This is an easy wire project. You'll make loops and string them together.
Your favorite gauage wire in your favorite metal. I'm using 18 gauge red brass wire right off the spool.
Beads - lots of them! You know you have them!
flush cutters for the gauge wire you're using
wire straightening pliers
round nose pliers
chain nose pliers
1. String a bead of your choice onto the wire.
2. Make a loop at the end of the wire.
3. Cut 1/2 inch length at the opposite end of the wire and make another loop using your round nose pliers.
4. Make as many of these as you have beads and then string them together by opening the loops with your chain nose pliers.
Before you know it, you've used up all your extra art beads and you've got a lovely art bead garland or a free form art bead necklace.