BEAD MONSTER'S FREEBIES

have a go at a few free designs

 Book Thong

Make this pretty book thong in a flash !  You will need 50cm of narrow ribbon (I used 7mm organza), 4 french crimp beads (round or tube, it's up to you), 10cm of 34 or 28 gauge craft wire and the beads of your choice (raid your stash or use up some orphans).

First, make a bead threader from the craft wire ~ bring the ends together and twist tightly for a few centimetres leaving a loop or 'eye'.

Next, *guide a french crimp bead, the beads of your choice and a second french crimp bead on to the ribbon ~ tug gently on your bead threader and the eye will collapse.

Finally, arrange your beads close to the end of the ribbon then compress the french crimp beads with flat nose pliers*.  Repeat steps * to * for the other end of your ribbon.  Trim away any excess ribbon with sharp scissors.

p.s. the Beaded Banana by Margaret Scherf was published by Keyhole Crime in 1979.  The ISBN is  0 263 73769 1.  Found in a charity shop and bought for fun.

 


Breast Cancer Awareness Charm

Make this charm to honour loved ones or for fundraising.  You will need : approx 15cm of fine tiger tail or 28g craft wire, 2 french crimp beads (round or tube, it's up to you), 3 x 4mm beads, 40 rocaille beads (any size up to 9), jump ring 7mm or larger.

First, with flat nose pliers, compress a french crimp bead as close to one end of the tiger tail/craft wire as you can.  Slide on a 4mm bead, 10 rocaille beads, a 4mm bead and 20 rocaille beads.

Next, feed the tiger tail/craft wire down the second 4mm bead and pull up tight so there are no gaps.

Finally, slide on 10 rocaille beads, a 4mm bead and a french crimp bead.  Compress the french crimp bead taking care not to leave any slack.  Trim away any excess tiger tail/craft wire with jewellery wire cutters.  Add a jump ring and wear with pride.

p.s. the finished charm is approx 4cm long ~ great for bag & phone charms, keyrings, brooches, zip pulls and artist trading cards.


Beady Bangle

Make the most of a few beads with this memory wire bangle.  You will need : approx 30cm (1.5 coils) of bracelet memory wire, 11 x 6mm beads, a little epoxy glue, a scrap of cardboard, a cocktail stick and a tape measure.

First, squish about a centimetre each of the epoxy resin and hardener on to the scrap of cardboard and mix thoroughly with the cocktail stick.  Locate the middle of the memory wire, *add a dab of glue at this point and slide a bead in to position*.

Next, measure 25mm away from this bead to the left and repeat * to *.  Then, measure 25mm away to the right of the first bead and repeat * to *.  Continue in this fashion until you have added 9 beads at 25mm intervals.

Finally, add a bead flush to each end of the memory wire as a cap.  Set your bangle on one side until the epoxy has cured.  Dispose of the scrap of cardboard and the cocktail stick straight away.

p.s. please don't tackle memory wire with your good jewellery wire cutters, it will kill them ~ always use memory wire shears or reserve an old pair of jewellery wire cutters just for memory wire.  If you 'undershoot' the end of the memory wire with your final beads you can flush cut any excess then smooth away any sharp edges with an emory board or file.


Fridge Magnet

Make this fridge magnet in a minute!  You will need : half of a magnetic clasp, approx 20cm of tiger tail, 2 french crimp beads (tube or round, it's up to you) and the beads of your choice (raid your stash or use up some orphans).

First, slide the magnetic clasp to the centre of the tiger tail, bring the ends together and thread on a french crimp bead.  With flat nose pliers, compress the french crimp bead close to the loop on the clasp.

Next, add the beads of your choice and a second french crimp bead.

Finally, compress the second french crimp bead taking care not to leave any slack.  Trim away any excess tiger tail with jewellery wire cutters.


more freebies to come, as soon as time and inspiration allow!