When beads gets another meaning

I was never a jewelry kind of girl (before), so that is perhaps why I’ve never sat down to create that kind of stuff to wear. It was just not interesting to me, because I didn’t need any of that. Earrings makes my ears itch and I’m not good at matching a necklace with what I will be wearing so I don’t. I just usually skip that part of dressing. But maybe all that will change now? I don’t know yet, though I now have found yet another hobby that I love!

Heart necklace

Look at this photo (courtesy of my brother) and take a wild guess what my new hobby is?

Creating in the kitchen

What happened was that mom got a really cool book about beads for her birthday last year. We both liked the stuff that was featured in this book and decided to sit down and make something from it! We especially liked the heart, shaped with metallic jewelry thread, so we started with those instructions and gathered both our stashes of beads, pearls, strings and trinkets…

Creating in the kitchen

I’ve read several books about beading and I love how beautiful and inspiring they all are. But the one that got me curious is called Smycken du kan g?ra sj?lv and is written by Annika Larsson. It’s nothing special about it, except those hearts… They are fabulous!

Creating in the kitchen

We have been sitting for several evenings and creating mostly necklaces but also some bracelets. I haven’t taken proper photos of my creations yet because I’ve been busy a couple of nights creating them, sitting by the kitchen table. I have used beads in many projects before, like on my art dolls, but like I said, this material now has a new meaning to me. Jewelery!

Creating in the kitchen

Mom has a lot of different beads, mostly plastic ones, and a whole range of different colored rocaille beads that she use for her knitted wrist warmers. They are tiny but looks great in between bigger ones! My favorite this time was the red ones in this box:

Red passion
Mmmmm! Yummy red beads!

Heart necklace The first thing I made was this heart – all wrapped in gorgeous red beads! They are both fun and easy to make. After this one I couldn’t stop and continued to make more necklaces in other colors.

And as easy as that I was hooked!

I don’t believe people who say “stick to one thing until you know it”, hehe. I don’t know nada and I’m having so much fun in the process of discovering new materials and techniques. So I say, craft on everybody!

Is there something you have wanted to try, like, for ever? I have a long list, and it is growing by the minute!


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12 Responses to When beads gets another meaning

  1. Christina says:

    Hej! Jag tror att jag ska g?ra om det hj?rtat jag fick av dig till en brosch n?r det inte funkade som halsband! Det skulle vara fint att ha hj?rtat p? min jacka eller p? min v?ska… Kram

  2. Hagit says:

    Wow, that heart is so sweet! I’d really love to try sewing, but I’m so scared of it! I want to try just the simplest fabric hearts, and I still havne’t dared. :)
    Good for you. ;)

  3. Simone says:

    Hah, you caught the bug! I’m the same way, I hardly ever know what jewelry I’m wearing or if I’m even wearing any. My mother-in-law has been working with beads since she started making beaded roses with her mother during the Depression in the 30’s and she makes most of her jewelry. Every year when we go on vacation together she visits this one jewelery supply shop. Until this year I have always been able to resist picking up yet another craft, but this year I got hooked. I now have jars of beads and drawers of tools and my dear relatives keep giving me more. It is a useful skill, though. You’ll never have to buy another present for your friends again, just more beads to make them a special something.

    I love your heart. It is very sparkly, shiny and cool. Hm, maybe it could be modified into earrings? . . .

  4. Sarah says:

    Spread the love around the crafts I think – especially with pretty hearts like that

  5. Megan says:

    beautiful heart necklace. My mom makes jewerly and she loves it. Its really addictive.

    If you didnt read the reply on my blog comment, thanks for the tutorial on book binding! I knew you would have one…I will show you the first one I make!

  6. Robyn says:

    I probably have more beads than I know what to do with, but I love each and every one of them, and love to bead in any way I can!!
    Your jewelry is gorgeous!

  7. Fuji Mama says:

    Love, love, love the heart pendants! SO CUTE!!! I actually have wanted to try doing some beading–there are so many gorgeous bead books here in Japan.

  8. Barbara says:

    That’s adorable! I think you could make a whole jewelry set that way — how about earrings, like Simone said… AND a bracelet AND a ring?


    Welcome to the ranks of Beady-Eyed Women!

  9. MC says:

    A coworker of mine was really into beading and made really interesting pieces of jewelry. She showed me different techniques in magazines. She invited me over once to bead with her and was kind enough to let me use her supplies, it was fun but I couldn’t get into it as a hobby. It felt time consuming and I was all thumbs when it came to handling the delicate glass beads. I love what people produce from this craft though, it’s gorgeous!

  10. gina says:

    beautiful! I love the silver wire heart shaped, very smart ideas..

  11. That heart is just so cool! Nice work.

  12. There are lots of things I want to try, I only need time for it! *^v^* Lovely necklace, great job!

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