Wednesday, April 14, 2010

A different use for focal beads...

Ever have one-of-a-kind beads that you just don't quite know what to do with? Back when I first got my large oval bead roller, I got real happy making focal beads. Don't ask me why – I was having fun and it seemed like the thing to do at the time.

Well, recently I was on a shopping trip with my sister to a fabric store. She was looking for curtain material for her new grandbaby's room and I was just browsing. I ran across this nice tassel trim and I had a light bulb moment! I could see this cool keychain in my mind's eye and could not wait until I could get home and put one together.

I started out with regular sized beads – and they were ok but did not have quite the "feel" I was looking for. I remembered those big focal beads and tried one of them. PERFECT! Just the right "feel" in the palm of my hand. These focal beads are a little over an inch long and about ¾ inches around. I also made a couple with a large round bead with millefoiri and one of my swirly beads. Nice variety – now I just need to get them listed in my Etsy shop and on Artfire. So much to do, so little time!!!


Its All About Creating said...

So clever! They are beautiful! - Marlene

Your Daily Muse News said...

Love that thought, I am in the swirlie bead mod ... when I haven't a thought on what to do but want to play with clay I swirl.. this maybe a way for me to do something with some of these bead... thanks for the thought ! Tina aka Your Daily Muse News