Welcome back! Time to reveal this week's Guess The Mystery Thing challenge - are we excited? If you're just joining us, my readers have been trying to identify the secret ingredient in these upcycled jewels:
The mystery is those little dot dangles. Recognize them at all? Did anyone get it right? Read on to find out.
First, Mich's Honor Roll Of Most Creative (Totally Wrong) Guesses:
Angi: Garage door openers for bunnies.
Amy: Barbie traffic lights?
Betsy: Troll traffic lights!
Dena: House arrest bracelets for Smurfs. The dead giveaway was
the bright colors, chosen to stand out against blue
skin to increase the shame value. That was daring of you
to steal from the Smurf Police. Though considering they've
had them for decades and never had to use them once in that happy
village...maybe you did them a favor!
Lora: Fishing lures.
Creative Mind: Cellphone signal detectors, they start blinking whenever a call or text is coming in.
Jill: The rear lights from Papa Smurf's golf cart - and when he finds out he will really be blue!
Looove these, you guys! Smurf house arrest bracelets made me laugh out loud. And of course bunnies need garage door openers. Of course they do.
Ready to learn the answer?
Only a few people knew this...but that's not so surprising. We all have cell phones now. Land line? What's a land line?
Perhaps you are beginning to guess.
Okay, let's see it.
Telephone wire connectors! When I saw that package of bright little gemlike objects at the hardware store, I could not resist them. I think the jewelry turned out rather cool.
Blink three red if you agree, six yellow if you disagree.
In a moment I'll tell you if anyone guessed the answer. Before we get to that, how 'bout a mini tutorial?
These thingies are quite fun to work with! They have built-in crimps, that will grab coated wire and connect it securely.
Cut a tiny length of beading wire (also called tiger tail), which is thin wire with a soft nylon coating. Fold it in half.
Insert the ends into the connector. Be sure your wire goes all the way in, past the center of the colored dot.
Notice how the colored dot is sticking up higher than the base?
Now use pliers to squoosh the colored dot down flat.
Tips and tricks. The squooshing can be uneven - it's hard to get the entire colored dot pressed down in one squoosh. You may have to reposition the pliers to get the whole thing flat. Be sure to hold onto the bit of wire while you squoosh, because it tends to want to fly out and across the room. I had a oopsies - the first couple tries, I managed the squoosh fine - but the wire escaped.
Once squooshed, the dot crimps the wire tight inside. Now you have a preposterously cute little dangle...
Lots of ways to use these itty bitties! They are darling naked, as in these chic-to-the-geek earring drops and miniature pendant:
Or use them as an element in a design with other beads and findings.
I hope you enjoyed the tute! Now on to our unifinished biz...
Winners, winners! Who got it this time? First prize goes to Amy - a regular guesser who always makes the Honor Roll. Woot to you, girl - how did you know this? And our lovely runner up, chosen by random.org: Mel! Congrats, you two, check for my email coming soon.
Thanks for playing, my dear friends. See you soon for some more silliness.