Crafts for Baubles, Bangles and Beads & How to Make Orange Peel Jewelry & Pasta Jewelry

Crafts for Baubles, Bangles and Beads & How to Make Orange Peel Jewelry & Pasta Jewelry

As the title suggests, today I will be discussing those decorative bits and pieces which can be made from beads, pasta and the fascinating objects which lurk in the bottom of the workbasket or around the house.

These can all be fashioned into pretty articles which will be welcome as presents or for sale to raise money for a thousand-and-one good causes.

However, workmanship must be careful and good, or the results will be like Betty MacDonald's "toe-covers", simply bought for charity and put away until the next rummage sale comes around.

Keep reading to find more ideas for using beads, not simply for jewelry, but also for trimming lampshades, making a simple glued bead picture, and for a curtain.

Cheap Trick: It is usually cheaper to buy strings of beads. and check out your local rummage sales, or second hand store for interesting and usable strings of beads. After you find your treasures, break them up for re-use. It'll save on the cost of buying them in packets.

The large, handsome hand-made beads, usually seen in glass or ceramic are very decorative but can be rather expensive to buy.

Incise the beads before the clay sets, using a knife or modeling tool, then dip, spay or paint to color.

Use a crochet hook to work around curtain rings with metallic or colored threads to make beautiful jewelry and belts. Link the rings with ribbon.

More unlikely materials for jewelry making and decorative work are; pasta, orange peel and grains such as rice, dried peas, lentils, etc.

Orange peel and grapefruit peel, if carefully pared from the fruit and cut to shape, can be slowly dried in a warm (not hot) place and end up with a texture of leather.

The peel can then be lacquered or painted to preserve and beautify it, and then made into belts, jewelry, etc.

Uncooked pasta and grains may also seem an unlikely craft material, but when firmly stuck on jewelry mounts in well-thought-out designs, then either painted or clear lacquered, they too can be very attractive. (If you are a mother, you know the joy of getting your first picture made from macaroni).

Pasta and grains are not too fragile to be worn, as you might think, But, the secret is to use an epoxy resin glue for extra strength.

Pasta is also much better if it is colored, make sure you get into all the nooks and crannies. To do this it is advisable to use an aerosol spray paint.

The subtle colors of rice, lentils, split peas, etc. look beautiful with no added color and very pretty mosaic-type brooches can be made from them.

If you are lucky enough to inherit a button-box (some of the buttons above were in mine), you can use some of the contents in embroidery, in much the same way as beads.

Given a selection of mother-of-pearl buttons, now rather hard to find in the stores, you can decorate cushions, covered boxes etc, in similar patterns to the ones show in the illustration.

Failing mother-of-pearl, any small buttons may be used to form designs and you can try your hand at something representational - say a simple flower pattern, or perhaps a Christmas tree wall hanging to bring out at the appropriate time of year.

It seems hard to imagine that orange or grapefruit peel could make attractive jewelry, but, in fact, if cut to shape and dried slowly it gives a very handsome effect of textured leather.

This can be left in its natural orange or yellow and painted with colorless lacquer, or sprayed in any color you wish.

Uncooked pasta makes attractive jewelry and, provided a strong glue such as epoxy resin is used and the pasta is painted or varnished to preserve it, it will last well.

The best part? When you get tired of any particular design, simply pick off the pasta and re-use the mount.

When you are satisfied with the arrangement of the shells, remove them and coat the mount with a thin layer of epoxy resin glue.

For this purpose, it is better not to use the very quick-setting type or you may find that it starts to harden before you have finished placing the pasta.

Take two earring mounts with as large mounting pads as possible and choose two pieces of creste di galli pasta.

Glue these to the earring mounts, be careful to do this in such a way, that when they are worn, the pasta follows the curve of the ear on each side.

When the glue is set, paint the inner part of the pasta gold, allow to dry, then paint the outer 'crinkled' edge in dark blue to complete.

Velvet ribbon, a few beads and two curtain rings are all that you need to make this party going set.

This Butterfly Picture is just one of the ways their glitter and sheen can be put to attractive uses; and birds, flowers or fish would all make suitable subjects.

Any fabric lampshade can be given an individual look with the addition of a hand-sewn bead fringe and some bead embroidery.

The picture is a Tiffany lampshade in a pretty green and white patterned fabric with the white silk fringe which edged it removed.

Looking at the fabric design, it was easy to pick out certain points that could be emphasized all the way around by sewing on beads.

It is necessary, when sewing beads on a lampshade, to sew them individually or in close groups, finishing off the thread for each one or each group.

If you take the tread along the back of the fabric for any distance, it will show as a line when the lamp is lit up.

If your fabric is plain, lightly mark a simple motif around the shade and sew on beads to outline it.

If you have a good deal of patience, you can make a fine bead fringe, using tiny seed beads threaded on lengths of fine thread.

The bead curtain in the photograph measures 24 inches x 16 inches, but you can make it to any size to fit any particular window.

If fitted flush to the inside wall of a window recess, it would discourage small children from climbing onto the sill and trying to open an upstairs window.

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There are some great ideas here - I would never have thought of using orange peel for beading. I have to admit that I thought that the pasa jewellery would look a bit cheesy but it looked rather nice. Voted up.

Fun hub! I love these ideas - I never would have thought of orange/grapefruit peel for making jewelry. Thanks for sharing!