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glass redThis is a set of red glass beads and pendant for your matching earring/necklace designs. The earring beads (approx. 1 mm. long) consist of clear red glass set in gold oval frames. My understanding is that these are vintage, from the 1950's. The pendant (approx. 1" long and 1 mm. wide) is of blown glass with gold and other elements, with a generous horizontal hole (through the red section), ready for stringing. This is not vintage, but it is beautifully handcrafted, and it goes so nicely with these beads that we are offering it as a set for your jewelry designs.

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beaded curtainbeaded wind chimeThis week I was wondering what some folks might do with beads other than make jewelry. It only took a bit of research to find the most creative applications – you just have to admire people who think out of the box! Pinterest provided a treasure trove of ideas – I found bead wreaths, suncatchers, ornaments, wind chimes, charms, lampshades, bookmarks, wall art, candle holders -- the list goes on and on!

I thought these were some especially inspiring ideas for those who love beads as we do. If you’re not already on Pinterest, these links may not open up easily – but perhaps you can google the key words and come up with the same sites. I’ve provided the images in any case, so you can see these products of ingenuity at work.

I found a tutorial on how to make a beaded glass window curtain here:

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/174584923025682137/

And a beaded garden chime (image on left) made by MeadowWren on Etsy:

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/323414816967479845/

beaded chairAnd an incredible intricately-beaded chair by Flair Robinson Studio on
Flickr:

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/174584923025731878/

The main site offering all these great ideas was here:

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/lisahsmile/things-to-do-with-beads/

Who knows, maybe you will even decide to make some beaded gifts for the holidays!

If you enjoyed this post, you might also enjoy our previous post on Fun Things to do with Beads

Until Next Time,

Sheila

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