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« on: September 10, 2008 12:55:14 PM »

Let's see if anybody knows what I'm talking about.

A while ago, I bought a necklace that looked relatively easy to make. It was a series of lightweight balls (about half a pin-pong ball's size), each wrapped in one type of fabric, and woven together into a necklace. It looked like the fabric was fastened together between the balls with a small clear band.

Has anybody seen one of these that they can link me to?

Or, better yet, tell me how to make them?

I loved that necklace but I'd like to use some of my own fabrics to make more.

Edit: Here's a photo, in case anybody still has no idea wtf I'm talking about  Huh

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« Reply #1 on: September 11, 2008 01:46:28 AM »

i've made one of these, i'd link you to a pic but my bandwidth has exceeded. I just cut a long strip of fabric, about 3 or 4 inches wide (width should depend on the size of your beads/balls), wrapped it around my first ball and tied up both ends(looked kinda like a wrapped sweetie). elastic bands would be easier, i tied wool in bows between my balls. Then just carry on all the way around until you reach desired length. To finish, I left about 5 inches of spare fabric on the end, and just started wrapping it around my first ball, and securing it, and did that for a few balls, so it was secure.

« Reply #2 on: September 11, 2008 10:05:27 AM »

Ooh okay.

What balls did you use? I have no idea where to find light ones like that, because I'm sure they're sold for something completely opposite of necklace-making.

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« Reply #3 on: September 11, 2008 10:30:17 AM »

I've seen something similar made with marbles and a scarf.  Very heavy!  But they made a tube of fabric, slid in the marbles and tied the tube between them, then tied the ends together.  I've also seen something similar where they slid pony beads onto the tube between beads.   Styrofoam balls would be lighter and come in more sizes, you could probably just wrap the fabric into a tube instead of sewing it.

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« Reply #4 on: September 11, 2008 11:57:36 AM »

Hmm. Marbles could work for a bracelet, but I agree with you, they'd be way to heavy for a necklace.

I edited to include a photo of my store-bought one. Styrofoam could work, it just might not be the longest-lasting necklace I own. I'll give it a shot, it's cheap anyway so what do I have to lose?

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« Reply #5 on: September 12, 2008 11:40:21 AM »

You could use big wooden beads if you want something a bit sturdier than styrofoam that wasn't as heavy as glass.
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« Reply #6 on: September 13, 2008 08:35:42 AM »

I used wooden beads. I had different sized ones, so it graduated from being small around the neck to big ones at the bottom to weigh it down.


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« Reply #7 on: September 17, 2008 12:20:24 PM »

I just bought several sizes of wood beads from WoodWorks for this. Actually, I bought little wooden balls (undrilled) to do this version and some with big (3/8") holes to do the version where each bead is covered individually and then strung (on ribbon or something). I haven't had a chance to play with this yet, though.

If Dolly Mixx's pictures are any indication the wood balls will work just swell!
« Reply #8 on: September 28, 2008 02:23:16 PM »

I finally gave it a shot, but I used two types of fabric sewn together in a tube. A white thermal with tiny red cherries on the top, and a red fabric on the bottom. I'm not sure I really love the results, I'd probably use just one fabric for the future.

Also, using elastic string wasn't too fun. I'm sure it would be easier with those little clear hair ties, the kind that are used for cornrows. That way you could just loop it over like a ponytail, rather than tying anything. And it's probably more secure.

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