Hello hello! I have something small and fun to show you today. First take a peek at these sweet necklaces - the pendants are made from sewing bobbins and vintage buttons.
If you want to make a bobbin bauble - an oldie but goodie, from way back in the history of this blog - here's the original tutorial.
To create a necklace, all I did was add two beads up the center of the bobbin, with loops on both ends. One loop got a tassel, the other got a beaded necklace. Done!
The thing I wanted to mention is the two colors of beaded necklaces. Both are mother-of-pearl...one is pure white, the other's a darker version. Both started out white - and I tea-dyed one to match the sepia-tone pendant.
Most crafters have heard of tea-dyeing fabric, but did you know you can tea-dye beads? So simple. Just soak them in a small amount of water, along with several used tea bags.
Works a treat!
The length of time you need to soak them will vary. With these ultra smooth and hard MOP beads, it took overnight. A more porous material (like bone beads) would be a much shorter soak. Just keep checking every hour or two until you reach the color you like.
I happen to have a long drawn out cold (going on three weeks now) and have been drinking lots of tea. Next time you or a loved one is sniffling sick, save the tea bags and try a little tea dying magic.
See you next time...and take care of yourself! (cough cough)