Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Classic Smash Move

The latest adventure I decided to embark on is jewelry making. Making jewelry is in my blood. My grandfather, aunt and father all have made beautiful jewelry for a living. My father even made my sister's gorgeous engagement ring. 

I will never make fancy jewelry - but I thought I'd give it a whirl with beads. I went to a local bead store and they showed me the best stretchy string to buy along with glue to hold the string together. 


I love necklaces with tons of strands. I planned on using these beads to make as many strands as possible.



So I cut the Stretch Magic string to the length that I wanted.


I had no idea how to stop the beads from falling off the opposite end so I used a piece of tape.


I poured some beads in my hand and began stringing them on one by one.


The tape worked!


It took me about 45 minutes to string all these beads on. Not sure what I was watching on tv in the background - this is the perfect activity to do in front of a tv.


At this point I stood up, with the necklace in hand, to look in the mirror at the length, assure it was just right. I bet you can guessed what happened.


EVERY SINGLE BEAD FELL OFF THE STRING. Classic Smash move. I didn't take a picture of this mistake because the beads went all over my entire house. It would be impossible to catch it. (Also I didn't want to show you the dog hair.)

I managed to find almost all of the beads.


Following the instructions of the lovely lady at the bead store, I tied two over hand knots (right over left) then one more (left over right.) As I pulled it tight, I put a drop of the cement glue on the knot.


It seemed to hold together well after 15 minutes of drying.  I even made another necklace that night. 


Today I wore both lovely necklaces to work yesterday. Unfortunately, the knot came loose on one of the necklaces and another gazillion beads fell to the floor. Looks like I have a lot of practice ahead of me with tying knots.







Overall - I love making bead necklaces. I see many in my future. I'll keep you posted!

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