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« on: January 17, 2010 08:28:54 AM »

I've been in the mood to bead lately.  I used to make little beaded boxes, but for some reason I don't feel like I want to make a whole box.  I was thinking that if I made the lid and found some way to reinforce it, or attach it to something, I could make them into necklaces.  My first thought was to put wire into each side, but since I'm using seed beads, I can't get the wire to hold-up the weight well enough.  My other thought was to cut out a shape with metal and glue it on.  Then I ran into the problem of: I want them to be glued securely, but I don't want the glue to show.

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« Reply #1 on: January 17, 2010 09:07:56 AM »

My first thought would be to embed it in resin, then attach the jewelry findings to the back.  Not sure how big of a piece you've got there, though - might be excessively heavy for jewelry.

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« Reply #2 on: January 17, 2010 10:17:24 AM »

It's about 2 inches across.

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« Reply #3 on: January 27, 2010 09:03:45 AM »

I love the beaded boxes, but they are a commitment!

MinnieMay, when I want a piece of jewelry "stiffened" I use floor polish. It smells a little at first, but that fades.
Get yourself some "future" floor polish, and a travel spray bottle from the drug store. Use the spray bottle and give it a couple sprays on each side and hang it to dry.
Good luck!

« Reply #4 on: February 06, 2010 11:17:30 PM »

I love the fact that I can sit on the floor with them and something silly on the DVR (like Hope and Faith, or Three Sheets) and make something fun and pretty.  I never would have thought of floor polish.  I should also get some sometime for my floors ^.~

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« Reply #5 on: August 12, 2010 06:22:10 PM »

Would sewing another thread around the edges (or even the whole thing) make it sturdy enough for you?
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« Reply #6 on: September 13, 2010 01:13:28 PM »

I don't know if it would work, but you could try cutting out a piece of felt and sewing it to the piece with loop stitches along the outside.  If it doesn't work you could always trim the loops and remove the felt.
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