LeftoversPosted by Ali on December 03 at 09:42 am
It’s officially “the holiday season” and a lot of us will no doubt be eating a lot of leftovers. This post is about a different kind of leftovers – leftover beads.
My definition of leftovers is (a) beads that are remaining after a planned project has been completed, or (b) components that didn’t get used or are from an item that is broken or lost. I never seem to use all of the beads I buy for making a birthday or Christmas gift, I always seem to lose one earring out of the pair and I also have a habit of buying funky pieces that don’t end up getting used. All of that is about to change…. I hope.
Here are some great ideas (I think) that I have come up with so that these treasures don’t go to waste:
- Share your beads with friends or a group.
- Create a simple (or difficult depending on the recipient’s experience) project and put together a homemade bead kit to give as a present.
- Make a funky/unexpected piece of jewelry – throw everything leftover in a baggie, shake it up and start stringing.
- Make a charm bracelet out of those lone earrings. I recommend a heavier duty chain, like the Tiffany chain bracelets that were so popular when I was in college. Also, I would go with an antique finish on the chain, with all of the different metals and stones that could be in your lost earrings you probably don’t want to use a chain that will look shiny and new when the earrings or other parts probably don’t.
- Make bead chain. If you are familiar with rosaries, then you know what I am talking about. A couple different ways this could be done:
- Just use your leftover beads along with a decent gauge wire (not too thin or your chain will break). If the beads won’t fit on the wire, I would recommend not using them in the piece rather than using a thin wire that could potentially break on you.
- Use a combination of your leftover beads as described above, but instead of linking each bead together using wire, add in leftover bits of chain in random or consistent lengths in between the beads. This will add great movement and interest to the strand.
How do you use leftover beads? What would you think of an easy way to swap beads & supplies online?