Funky Chunky Bead Stash Jewelry!

paper bead earring 5

They’re BIG! They’re BOLD! They’re COLORFUL! And best of all, they USE UP BEAD STASH BEADS!

wire crochet necklace

I came across some paper beads from when I FIRST started beading. I remember we went camping, and I brought paper, scissors, markers and glue with me…and sat in a tent for an entire day while it rained and made a ton of paper beads. So I remembered seeing these Anthropologie inspired earrings all over Pinterest some time back and got out some wire.

paper bead earring 5

paper bead earring 4

paper bead earring 3

I’m not very good with wire. These earrings are pretty big. But they sure are colorful! And I’m not afraid to wear big colorful earrings every now and then!

paper bead earring

A few weeks ago I got an email from Auntie’s Beads touting Karla Kam’s one millionth view on her video for bead crochet. So I gave it a whirl!

wire crochet necklace 2

I used wire that was bigger than recommended. Well, that’s all I had on hand. But I did manage to use up a bunch of blue beads, including a few packages of cute lampwork beads that were in the dollar markdown bins at Walmart.

wire crochet necklace 4

Aren’t they groovy? Every time I see a bag of lampworks in the markdown bin I can’t resist. Anyway this necklace is REALLY REALLY BIG. I’m not sure if I will ever have the motivation to wear it. Maybe with a white t-shirt and some sort of cardigan. In winter. Maybe.

wire crochet necklace 5

Yeah, that’s a big old heavy necklace. But it was fun to crochet with wire and beads. Maybe if I get smaller, thinner wire I would like it better.

Split Circle Polymer Pendant on Squiggly Wire

finished pendant on a black rubber chain

finished pendant on a black rubber chain

Okay, so I came across this really cool looking polymer pendant on Flickr. A circle, cut in half, each half set on a piece of squiggly wire and slightly spaced. Why not?

work in progress

work in progress

I bent my wire to look like the photo. Piece of cake! The only thing I would definately change next time is the size of the entire thing. It’s HUGE! So you make a loopy spiral for the bottom, about four curves of wire, and leave the top straight so that you can make a hook or a bail later. I rolled out a piece of black clay and put some green cane slices on it to match the green wire I was using. The wire I used was also pretty thick, so I figured the easiest way to get this all on the wire was to cut out TWO circles and sandwich the wire between them.

sandwiching the wire piece between two clay circles

sandwiching the wire piece between two clay circles

After carefully lining up all the circle halves, I smoothed the outer sides best I could. I baked. I buffed. I finished with “Finish” polish. Then bent the top wire into a loop to attach a jump ring.

after oven, before making the top loop

after oven, before making the top loop

Okay, so I’m not crazy about the way I laid the cane slices, I would definately try and make a more continuous pattern next time. And this thing is THICK, I also will try and make a smaller wire piece and thinner clay pieces. But all in all, it is a very interesting concept, and was actually very easy to do. Definately unique!

The big ol' finished pendant

The big ol’ finished pendant