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Thing-a-Day – January 20 – making a beaded bead

February 4, 2015

Day 20 of the Thing-a-Day Challenge

Materials: glass seed beads, nylon thread (Nymo A), old photo, black Sharpie pen

I have been an avid bead weaver for many years.  Most of my beaded work doesn’t require any recycled or recyclable materials.

Glass seed beads (size 12, Japanese), old photo, cut and darkened strip of photo to fit the widest part of the center of the bead when coiled

Glass seed beads (size 12, Japanese), old photo, cut and darkened strip of photo to fit the widest part of the center of the bead when coiled

However, simple “round” hollow forms benefit from a little stuffing, and strips of old photos, darkened w/ a black Sharpie (so that the white photo paper wouldn’t show through), serve the purpose beautifully.  I got a commission to replace a bead I had made years ago, so today’s thing is a beaded bead.

photo strip coiled into center of half-finished bead

photo strip coiled into center of half-finished bead

And here is the finished bead, ready to be shipped off!

Bead

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