I’m still crafting away with the goodies I received from the www.dollarstorecrafts.com Super Secret Stashbusting Challenge! In a previous post, I made a necklace using some pieces of fleecy type fabric that I cut into strips and made into coils. I glued the coils together and on the back of the pendant, I used a piece of stiff gingham ribbon that I rolled into a tube to allow the cord to go through.
Well, that project gave me the idea to use the rest of that gingham ribbon to make beads for another necklace. For some of the beads, I simply cut strips and then rolled them into tubes in the same manner as above.
For other beads, I used the same method I have used before on paper. You have probably seen it before. Many people recycle things like magazine pages to create these beads. Instead of cutting the paper into strips, you cut it into elongated triangles. This can be done by cutting the same long strips you did before for the basic tubes and then cutting each strip in half diagonally. When you roll these up, instead of being perfectly even tubes, the beads will be slightly thicker in the middle and skinnier at each end. In the above picture, the two long beads closest to the pendant part of the necklace are made with this method.
I supplemented in between each of the ribbon beads with some pony beads from my collection. Then for the pendant, I used a piece of the gingham ribbon…this time I didn’t cut it into strips, I simply kept it the width it came in. I rolled up each end of the piece to make a sort of open scroll type appearance. This gave me an end that was a tube just like some of the beads so that I can run the thin ribbon through it to make the necklace. This gave me a flat surface to create some sort of a pendant with. I chose to use a transparent ribbon flower with a button as the centre of the flower here.