Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Just 4 Fun

Fun to Make & Fun to Wear

Several months ago, I acquired a fistful of charming square beads. They have been languishing (any crafter knows how that goes) while I dealt with other projects. One of those projects called for some silk cord. I already knew of a great supplier on etsy <https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/MarshaNealStudio> so got a hank of beautiful hand dyed cords in shades of blue-grey to make this necklace:



Yesterday's Project

I still had quite a few of the cords and decided a couple could be combined with the square beads for a different — and fun — project. The way the beads and cords fit together was the real source of the idea.



This shows the pieces — and tools — I needed. I worked at my desk for this as there was neither soldering nor sawing involved.

The wire is 18 gauge sterling (although those charming beads are not sterling). I used a couple of pairs of pliers and some wire cutters.

In the photo, I have already threaded a bunch of beads on each cord. No scientific formulas — I just threaded them on until I liked the look.



Attaching the Clasp



Here (shown on my black pant leg) is the beginning of wrapping  the ends of the cords with wire.

Once the wrap was secure, I threaded that bead cap onto the wire.




Above photo shows the loop completed on one end of the necklace. Below: the finished hook and loop clasp.




And, the finished necklace.

The fun feature is that you can slide the beads into any arrangement that suits your fancy. The fit between cord and bead is just tight enough that the beads stay put. If, over time, they want to cluster at the bottom, you can just arrange them again.



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