Greetings. My quest for the set of charms the Husband brought back from China is still proving fruitless, so I thought I'd show off a few of the super-cool tools I use in my bead making and jewelry designing instead, today. Note the sleek lines, the shiny surfaces, the overall look and feel of these objects that just shout out how desirable they are for beading. Envious, eh?
If you, like me, have ever had a young child in the house, then chances are that you've had a bunch of these lying around at one time or another. I used to make a lot of fresh fruit puree for the Short One in his toothless days, but even so, we still ended up swimming in these little containers and jars. During a visit, my mother-in-law - who is an artist - commented that she could probably use the plastic containers for holding paint or water or some such, and it finally twigged that I, too, could incorporate these in my crafting, rather than just chucking them out by the dozens each week (which always bugged me).
The glass containers are the perfect size for holding small batches of hand-colored resin. I use the plastic containers as water and oil holders when I work with metal clay. The container tops make an excellent portable surface (with the addition of a small lump of polymer clay) to hold fine silver pieces level and steady when I am ready to fill them with resin. The containers are also terrific for sorting beads or even for holding small projects.
The SO was already starting to gnaw on solids by the time I started saving these, but I still managed to amass two big cardboard boxes full of them, which are currently sitting in the basement. I use them pretty much every time I work with beads and jewelry, which is to say, practically every day, and, of course, I love the fact that I don't pay an extra penny for them. I will be extremely sorry when they're gone. (I'm already eyeing the little sister of one of the SO's playmates as a possible new source of containers...)
So, does anyone else have good tips for recycling objects to use in crafting and/or beading projects? Please do leave a comment, if so - I'd love to hear about them.
I am an intellectual property lawyer by training and have a background in English Renaissance literature. I love science fiction. I primarily watch Sesame Street these days and find myself humming "Pop Goes the Weasel" at odd moments (guess why). I can happily eat ice cream in the middle of winter when the wind chill is 20 below 0. I have been making beads and designing jewelry since 2007.
2010 - Winner, First Place, British Bead Awards, Other Finished Bead Jewellery 2010 - Winner, Second Place, British Bead Awards, Metal Clay Jewellery 2010 - Winner, Second Place, Bead Dreams, Metal Clay
2010 - Grand Prize, Gold Medal Winner, Fire Mountain Gems and Beads, Metal Clay, Metal Beads, Wirework and Chain Jewelry-Making Contest
2010 - Finalist, Bead Star, Stones, Plastics and Designs with Heart Categories
2009 - Winner, First Place, British Bead Awards, Metal Clay
2009 - Winner, Second Place, British Bead Awards, Beyond Glass, Handmade Beads and Components
2009 - Winner, Second Place, Bead Arts Awards, Necklace
2009 - Finalist, Bead Dreams, Metal Clay
2008 - Finalist Fire Mountain Gems and Beads Beading Contest, Metal Clay
2008 - Finalist, Bead Star, Pearls
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