Because of my earring obsession, I try and recycle/re-use/re-purpose WHENEVER I can. Any bracelets, old earrings or necklaces I may cut up and re-use the beads, gems or stones for my earrings. I have a box of goodies that helps me complete this task--tools of the trade, as it were.
I start with some basic hoops to dangle my new creations from. Sometimes I just buy beads from the bead store and hang them on my hoops. Other times, I get more creative and create a dangly thingy.
|Tools of the trade|
Today, I just used a small hoop and tied it with ribbon to the wooden bead. The ribbon worked OK, but for the other danglies, I'll find a more suitable ribbon/thread/yarn.
|danglies that need other ribbon|
|Crotchet hook helps to tie the ribbon.|
Last week I strung some old beads on the rods and then created a circle on the end of the rod to hook onto my hoop. The crimper helps for that--
|the last ones on the bottom right are my "Zulu" earrings. The orange piece is coral.|
When you buy beads for hoops though, make sure the hole in the bead is the correct size. I have bought many a bead that wouldn't fit on my hoop.
|the neon beads are from a necklace my son made in the first grade~|