I'd make a beaded necklace with a musical charm to wear during the concert. I purchased the beads and treble clef charm but had elastic cording at home which I used to string the beads and charm.
Well, it looked okay, but it wasn't very stable. The beads were a little too heavy for the elastic cording and I was afraid it would stretch out or even break.
|Don't use elastic cording for longer necklaces or heavy beads!|
I did some quick online research and found the website, Beadwork, and decided to try it. I was concerned because usually when I learn new crafts it takes a few times to get it right. It was the first show day and I was almost out of time. I printed my coupon and rushed to the local craft store for tools and supplies.
Following the directions from the website, I was able to remake the necklace on beading wire and add clasps. Now, the necklace is stable and beautiful!
|Beaded on beading wire.|
The proper tools are absolutely necessary. I had the jewelry pliers already, purchased with a 40% off coupon, from a previous project. I bought the crimping tool with my 40% off coupon but had to pay full price for the jewelry wire cutter because I was out of time for this project.
|Wire cutter, crimping pliers, round-nose pliers|
It's so easy, and if you plan ahead, you can get the supplies on sale at the store or at a discount online through a jewelry supplier. It's an inexpensive way to treat yourself to something pretty or to make meaningful gifts for others. I definitely will be making more jewelry!