I've been on a quest lately to expand my jewelry collection.
And by quest I guess I don't really mean swords, dragons and armor, but more like "hey, I think more jewelry might be nice." A little underwhelming? Perhaps. But today's project was perfect for a very beginner level jewelry maker like myself (I don't think my scrabble-necklace-days-on-Etsy really count)
Gold Paint (I used DecoArt Venitian Gold)
Tape (masking or painters)
Black ribbon (5/8 inch)
10 5/8 inch unfinished wood beads
**if you want a long necklace, you can just tie the ribbon ends in a knot. I wanted mine on the shorter side so I added ribbon clamps and screw fasteners. I found them both at Michaels in the jewelry section**
First tape off each bead so there's a line around the middle. Paint top with gold paint and let dry.
Wrap a piece of tape around one end of the ribbon (you know, kind of like an aglet--thanks Phineas and Ferb!) and thread on each bead, alternating unpainted and painted sides first.
Cut ribbon to desired length. Center beads on the ribbon.
Melt the ribbon ends with a match or candle (if you're including kids, this should be an adult step of course)
Attach fasteners, if using. I also added just a bit of E6000 to the clamp before pinching the ribbon in it. Or tie ends in a knot so it's still big enough to fit over your head.
And that's it! A little metallic, a little natural, a lot easy and a lot of fun.
Plus, I have a whole pile of these beads that are working their way into some other designs that I can't wait to show you. Thanks for visiting today!