I have a few pet peeves. Wait, not true - it's more than a few. But some things just make me go Grrrr. My most recent top five:
1. Restaurant servers who 'correct' my pronunciation of 'Nicoise.' (You actually do pronounce the s.)
2. Mattresses so tall you need a step stool to get into bed.
3. Finding a live snake in my living room. (It happened two weeks ago.)
4. When my dog steals sandpaper and eats it. What the heck is that? (On the plus side, he can totally speak English. When I asked him how the sandpaper feels coming out the other end, he answered, "Rrrough!"
5. When a one-sided bead spins sideways on a headpin so you can't see the pretty side.
Wow, there's a point to this post? Cool! Here's the problem. When I use a flat bead or one-sided pendant in a jewelry design, I want the front of it to show. Like this, yes?
Not like this:
Grrrr! But! There is a solution. For a nifty trick to stop the spinning, read on.
On a small piece of craft wire, make a loop. It can be plain or wrapped, like this one:
Thread the bead onto the wire...
Now bend the wire up along the back of the bead.
With your fingers or some pliers, form some swoopy bends, laid flat against the back of the bead.
Wrap the tail end of the wire around the base of that first loop and trim off the extra. Like so:
Now try and spin, sucka! You can't do it, can you? Bwahhahaha! Pet peeve annihilated!
This trick is great for earrings...
And also perfect for a pendant with the design on only one side.
If you want to add a dangle to the pendant, you can make a second loop on the bottom of the bead, instead of immediately bending it up. Then finish with the swoops-up-the-back trick exactly the same way.
Bonus: sometimes the swoopy wire can double as a design element - those earring backs are kind of pretty, doncha think?
So pretty, I might decide to switch around the earwires so the backs are the fronts.
Ooh! Please leave me your peeviest pet peeve in the comments - I promise to get all angry on your behalf. Grrrrr! How dare they? So annoying! Grrrrrr!!! (I'm warming up.)
p.s. if you like, check out Aunt Peaches' blog today, where I have popped in to recommend some scary movies (and reveal an obscure chapter from my murky past).