Sunday, July 11, 2010

A Rainbow Snakelace.


My mom got to go on a big vacation through Greece. And all she brought me was...

...a cool collection of nifty beads! Yay! (All my brothers got were some crummy t-shirts, haha!) My mom knows me pretty well.

I wanted to craft a jewel that kept the beads together, sort of a 'Mom's Greek Vacation' statement. But boy - they really don't go together at all. Here's a sample:

How to pull such wildness into something cohesive? Well! Took me a while, but I finally did come up with an idea. I removed the metallics and neutrals, to be left with a handful of bright hued beads.

I strung them on craft wire, arranged by color into - this was my epiphany - a beady rainbow. I made a wrapped loop at each end, then wiggled it into the shape of a snake.

I added a long thrift store chain...that's it. Check out my Rainbow Snakelace!

Why isn't the word 'snakelace' in the dictionary? It oughta be.
As long as the chain is reasonably weighty, to balance the beaded section, it hangs nicely wherever you arrange it. It's designed for the snake to slither asymmetrically up one side of your throat.

Such a simple and inexpensive project! If it takes your fancy, grab a handful of rainbow-able beads and make one for yourself.
I am so happy with my snakelace! Thanks, little mom. For not buying me a t-shirt.



18 comments:

  1. Oh, I love it! Especially how all the little misfits go nicely together. Say hi to your Mum from me, will you?

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  2. That's cute. :D Very cheerful! And I want a mom who travels and brings me beads! :p

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  3. I love this idea. I have tons of different colored beads just waiting for me to bead them. I am going to have to make something rainbow now. Nice work M.and I love the new word.

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  4. What a brilliant solution and great way to keep all those special beads together. Genius!

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  5. Wow! you did me proud. I had know idea you would come up w/ something so lovely. thanks for all the sweet comments.
    love,
    mom

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  6. Love! I could spend hours catching up on your blog! I'm so glad you visited me so I could return the favor!

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  7. I really love your snakelace! What a great idea.. lucky you and clever mom for bringing those lovely beads back :)

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  8. You did such a nice job. Those beads would have thrown me too and adding the chain is so in right now. Mom did a nice job- bead over t shirts anyday!

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  9. I love it! that is such a cool form with the asymmetry and the colors I ADORE it!

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  10. That is so pretty, love the colors!

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  11. That is really cool!! Love the whole thing.

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  12. Great way to preserve the gift from your Mom.

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  13. Thanks for linking up to the Mad Skills party!

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  14. This necklace was one of my favorite projects from last week's Mad Skills party, so I will featuring it tomorrow morning!

    madincrafts.blogspot.com

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  15. Wow, you saw great potential in these beads. Very artistic!

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  16. I LOVE THIS!!!! I found you on Mad In Crafts! I'm a follower! *winks*

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  17. Clever use of leftover beads! Thanks for sharing. I will link in a future blog post. Pearl

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