I have a lot of beads at home. I was fully into beading. I bought beading magazines (pre- Pinterest). I visited beading stores. I knew all the lingo: cloisonné… umm… anyway, my point is I have a lot of random stuff that I just stopped using because it wasn’t cool anymore. Everyone was doing it.
(Kind of like flash mob wedding dances).
There are only so many beaded earrings that one can make, and a very fine limit to the amount of beads you can jam onto a necklace without looking like a two year old. I only really bead anymore when I think of something different.
I love the idea of using alternative items as beads, but that’s another one that can easily take a turn onto Lame Street. Shells. Eugh. Pasta? Thanks for the arts and craft, nephew. I love you, but your taste in jewellery leaves something to be desired.
I had a ‘eureka’ moment when I thought of using jump rings as the ‘bead’ instead of the findings. That’s something I would totally wear!
Ironically, I didn’t have enough jump rings, so I had to order more from the internet. I also had to buy the twine!
Secure one end of the twine with a small knot. Use the open end as a fishing rod and scoop up the jump rings by shoving the twine through the bowl. You’ll get a few at a time, sometimes one, sometimes none. Just like fishing.
I made a three, two and one strand necklace from the 4,000 jump rings. Something in me just wanted to use all the little buggers! If I ever need a jump ring for a beading project though, it’s easy enough to just pull one off and repurpose.