OMG those are adorable! I especially love the skull one.
Great work, and also a very clever re-use for milk jug plastic. My boys chug down a ton of milk every day, so I may have to try something like that. I imagine the plastic would be good reinforcement for felt xmas ornaments and brooches as well.
[short hijack] I wanted to make up a bunch of rock guitars for our tree this year out of craft felt, and stuffing them with fiberfill would ruin the shape of them, I think. The milk jug plastic is an ideal solution for this problem, and I don't have to run out and buy anything, because empty milk jugs abound here! Thanks very much for the idea.
I am hoping to get a bunch of my oldest son's favorite styles of guitar done, and up on the tree in time for xmas. He's a guitarist, and will love that.[/hijack]
I really, really like that bracelet! Very unusual and fun.
I saw some hoop earrings made in that way years ago, but never got around to trying that myself. Your bracelet is awesome, with all the different colors. It would also be cool in "ocean-y" blues and greens.
I was just over at Fire Mountain Gems website this morning, looking at some Czech glass, and saw a few things similar. Some of these are more "peachy", and I also threw in a link to purplish one. Maybe some of these might work? Anyhow, here's some links:
You also might want to try emailing FMG your picture of the beads that you are looking for. I have been doing business with them for years, and their customer service is great. They can pinpoint exactly what you need, if they stock it there. In the past, they have had a few oddball things in stock that I could not find with their search engine, that they helped me locate. Nice people there.
Unfortunately, they are a little steep on the shipping. But they might be your best bet.
I'm intrigued, but I don't know what to seach for, since I don't know what it is called.
Did you buy it in the crafts dept, or in hardware?
I would like to make some jewelry from guitar picks, but since I have athsma, I'm leery of burning holes in plastic, 'cause of the fumes. I don't need to own a drill for any other reason, so something like this would be ideal.
On the first two earrings, maybe you could add a small metal charm or something at the bottom? That would be easier than taking the earrings apart and putting them on headpins. They just look a little unfinished with the bare loops.
Also, as has been said before, you want to be careful to make sure your loops are completely closed. When I first started making jewelry to sell, I had to repair some earrings that came off of their wires. Luckily, people were patient with me... If you are using a flat-nosed plier to make your loops, that may be why some of them are not closed all the way. Round-nosed pliers make the loops soooo much easier to get right on the first try!
As far as pricing, if they are made from all plastic beads, I would start the price at around five bucks, but if you are adding glass beads, they could go for 7-8.00, or even more, easily. I really like the way you have the beads grouped at the top, like a lantern. Very cute.
I remember those! Were they flat, with a diagonal striped pattern?
I used to make those on long, boring flights back in the eighties, when I travelled back and forth a lot. I would clip them to a small clipboard that I could tuck in my purse when not in use. It was a good travel project because I could carry a whole bunch of pre-cut floss, and it didn't wiegh me down. No scissors to upset the security folks, either.
The clipboard makes it a lot easier to knot these. Any size clipboard will do.