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Beaded Bits

By far, my very favorite beaded thing to make (and not just because it is so quick and easy, though I admit that helps) is a beaded bookmark. I saw them for sale in Border's for $7 as "Book Thongs", and thought 'I can make that!' As I often do. But this time, I followed through and actually made them! They're not all as fancy as the pricey "Book Thongs", but they cost less mere pennies (okay, maybe a quarter) to make and take about two minutes (after you pick out the beads, which I admit is the hard part).

My second-favorite thing is the good old daisy chain necklace. It's a pretty, simple design, and it uses up a bunch of those seed beads I had laying around. It is quite a bit more time-consuming, but the results are usually worth it.

Next up are beaded lanyards, though I'm re-working most of them. I found that the lanyard hooks tend to saw their way through any thread you use, and beading wire makes them too stiff. I'm working on two variations - having the lanyard hook hanging off a pendant (which will hopefully be rounded enough to not cut through the thread) and using lobster claw hooks.

Here's a necklace I make rather gaudy on purpose - we were trying to see if the recipient would lie to us and say she liked it, even though the gift was actually the beads themselves. It was hastily and crappily made, but that was the point. I really think the flocked heart sells it.

Last up (for now) are some bad examples of early jewelry I made. Before I really knew what I was doing...



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