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Just a Little Off . . .


About this design:

Eleven years ago we literally had only a few minutes to grab anything that we wanted to keep out of my great uncle's very small home. I found a cute little wooden box filled with change, buttons and other assorted what-nots. These two tags were in the stash just begging to be made into earings. I finally got around to using them all these years later. Uncle Ken was always just a little off so I wanted the earings to be a little off also. He is missed and I love to wear "his" earings.

Components:

Found tags, glass beads, seed beads and jump rings.

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Read the comments (or add your own)

  1. Crazy Beader
    Crazy Beader says:

    What a perfect tribute – - think I would have liked your great-uncle ! You were so right to make these non-identical. Great earrings !

  2. Jane MS
    Jane MS says:

    These are so cute! The story behind them makes them extra special!

  3. Eeka Mouse
    Eeka Mouse says:

    Excellent all-around. Wear them proudly!

  4. Fresh Baked
    Fresh Baked says:

    Maybe a little off, but these really work! Love the personal story to go with.

  5. B Miller
    B Miller says:

    What a wonderful way to remember your great-uncle, and to keep him close! Love these!

  6. Blooming Ideas
    Blooming Ideas says:

    Absolutely Terrific. Full of memories and meaning! :)

  7. Asia
    Asia says:

    Love the unmatched, yet matched earrings and the sentimental story :D

  8. Sarajo W
    Sarajo W says:

    Great story and great earrings!

  9. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    Awwww! Such a great story and design!

  10. Frida
    Frida says:

    Very cool, great design in memory of your Uncle :D

  11. Anna C WonderChick
    Anna C WonderChick says:

    Cute!And I love story pieces. It makes beading so much more than just putting elements together. :)

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    Grenadyne says:

    i remember those little license plates haven’t seen them since i was a kid thanks for the memory.

  13. Zippy-Klunk
    Zippy-Klunk says:

    Hey Grenadyne,
    So many people ask me about those tags – what are they, what where they used for? Any info would be most appreciated! Thanks, Z-K

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    Beadaholic1 says:

    I am originally from Milwaukee and I remember when my Dad got his annual license tags for the car, I think it was a company that sent you the mini-tags to go on your keyring….or maybe they came from the city. I just remember my Dad having them on his keyring and I thought they were totally neat.

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