Beading a Chain


Recently, I posted this necklace to Instagram and was asked how I create bead chains like this [thank you, Anna of Charis Blooms]. If any of my readers have seen my creative work, please know I welcome your questions about it. It informs me as to what instructionals are helpful to y’all, which is a big part of why I blog.

So, without further ado, let’s bead! You will need:

  • round nose plierswp-1491243304941.jpg
  • needle nose pliers
  • wire trimmers
  • beads — any will do; I recommend a box of mixed to pick through, a strand or 2, and some seed beads.
  • eye pins
  • head pins — optional; these are used for things like earrings and to make your own beaded charms. Head pins look like wire nails. Charms or earrings are built from the dangly-end up, starting with the head pins. See photo for example.

A word on beads:
Beads come in many shapes, sizes and materials. They can even be made from paper, if you’ve the time and energy to do so. I would encourage you to use literally any type of bead you can find. You may eventually find a specific type or style of bead is a bit more “you”, and something you find often complimented.

I’m currently using this box of beads I found at my local Michael’s Craft store. They are a wildly odd mix of glass beads. I imagine if I looked deeper into how these were picked, I’d likely find they are the “throwaways” from a lot of other bead strands. Still useful, just the “ugly ducklings” of the bunch… and yet it was just such a box of beads I used to make my favorite necklace. All that to say, don’t ignore the rejects. They’re beautiful in their own way.

Free Tip: An easy way to get cheap seed beads, if you don’t need a full box of them is to pick out a $1 bracelet. And hey, you might even get a charm out of the deal!

Let’s start with the first “link” in your chain of beads:

  1. Thread the beads you want on an eye pin. Do not fill it completely. Leave enough

    Thread beads onto eyepin.

    room to create a second loop on the “wire” part of the eye pin.
    — If a bead’s hole is big enough to slip over the eye of the pin, consider framing it with your seed beads or the strand beads recommended. This is not necessary, just a precaution.
    — Have fun. This doesn’t have to be perfect.

  2. Taking your round nose pliers in your best hand [I’m right-handed], grab the

    Creating the angle from step 2.

    remainder of the pin as close to the top bead as possible. Bend the end of the pin away from you in any general direction. Do not bend it all the way, just at an angle will do…

  3. Grip the pin with your round-nose pliers again, just a bit higher up the pin. Bend it carefully around the round nose of the pliers, creating the beginnings of a loop.
  4. pixlrNow, trade the pliers for your trimmers. Eyeballing the loop you’ve begun, gauge where you need to trim the wire.
    — Quick tip, often the slight corner made in step 2 can be a good point for lining this up. Once your pin is perpendicular to this angle, line up your trimmers and snip there.
  5. Sliding your round-nose pliers back into the loop you’ve begun, carefully wrap the wire the rest of the way around the round-nose. Bring it around and slightly up,

    All finished! {Apologies for the blurryness.}

    finishing your loop. The loop can be adjusted a little by shimmying the tip of the pin back and forth till it’s as close to centered -touching the angle you made in the pin earlier- as possible.

To create a chain of these bead charms, make a second charm and hook it into one of the “eyes” of the eye pin in the charm you just made. You can also add these beads to an actual chain by hooking the top into one of the links of the chain. Use a head pin exactly the same way.

Want to see this in action? Check out this Instagram video! Thank you for reading and please let me know how your own creative projects turned out!

Since Faceboom

Lifestyle, Uncategorized

It’s been a few weeks since I posted Faceboom… You Have Been Eliminated. I thought I’d report on the ‘progress’? If you can call it that.

Q: How did you come to the conclusion deleting Facebook was necessary?
A: I don’t like to sit idle — I usually have something in my hands that I’m working on or doing for fun. Having Facebook on my phone left it too great a temptation in the ‘slow’ moments of life. I can find something much more productive to do with my hands and phone.

Q: How often were you using Facebook?
A: A lot of people use apps to track their daily phone/app usage. I do not. I chose simply to remove the app cold turkey. So happy with that decision.

Q: What did it feel like?
A: There was an immediate calm, peace and even excitement when I removed the app. I didn’t go to Facebook [the website] for 3 days, and when I did, I felt a twinge of regret and left quickly.

Q: Didn’t you use Facebook to keep up with family / friends? How will you do that now?
A: Honestly, I’m bad to browse Facebook pages — as in ‘cyber-stalk’ my friends and family from a safe distance. That’s fun and all, but it’d be so much better if we were actively conversing. I’ve kept Messenger, and make it a point to say something on their walls or message them instead of just stalking them.

Q: What’s the most exciting thing about removing the app?
A: No more negativity! I feel FB has become painfully political and emotionally charged over the last year and a half. It was legitimately upsetting me. I just couldn’t handle that anymore — it was too stressful, and I’m still sad about some of what transpired as a result.

Q: Why can’t you ignore the negative side of Facebook? Why does it have to be “negative” to you?!
A: Because others do not always align with values and standards I set for myself. I was seeing a lot of hateful and angry posts [not directed at me] and it was upsetting.

Q: How can I avoid a similar emotional upset, but remain on Facebook / keep the app?
A: I would have specific scheduled times to use it and no more. Also keep a log of what upsets you and why for a brief time frame and use information gleaned from that to remove those particular things from immediate view. Keep them from interrupting your day.

Q: How do you recommend dealing with criticism of your personal beliefs / standards / values via Facebook?
A: Pocket crickets are an invaluable resource. If a response becomes necessary, remain calm, collected, and make it a well thought-out response. If all else fails, the block / delete button is just clicks away.

Q: What do I do if my friend / family member is facing criticisms / hatefulness directed at them? What if it’s on my Facebook page?
A: Stand up for them, but do so graciously. Respect their needs while letting the attacker know that doesn’t fly on your page. I’ve blocked / deleted folks who attacked my friends openly on my page before. I want my page to be a safe space for all.

Q: Be honest. You just replaced that app with another, right?
A: Nope. I have other social media apps, but I haven’t added any new apps at all since removing Facebook.

Q: What does your family think of this change?
A: No idea, really.

Q: Could you talk about the relationship benefits?
A: I’ve found I have more energy to spend on my spouse / others. This is a huge deal for me as an introvert [INFJ].

Q: What about your business / blog page? How do you work with it without the app?
A: I log in via the internet. I also have things in place that allow me to share to the page via Instagram and similar apps.

Q: How did you go about cleaning up your FB?
A: I unfollowed everyone in my Friends list. I then went through my list of liked pages / groups and did something similar with some of them.

Q: Doesn’t ‘unfollow’ mean you deleted or blocked them — thereby essentially removing those relationships from your life?
A: No. Facebook has a thing called a ‘newsfeed’ which is the main home page for Facebook. What I did was remove the updates to my newsfeed. So if John Q is my friend on Facebook and I unfollow him, the only way I can see his status updates is if I go to his profile. And no, my friends cannot tell that I did this… well — I guess they know now if they’re reading this, but they’re generally quite respectful of my choices in life.

Q: Is there anything you miss about Facebook?
A: Not particularly. I enjoy it more now that my newsfeed is basically nil… Anything I find lacking there, I will change over time as I’m ready. If anything, I’ve identified the posts I miss most — I’ve a friend who posts some of the funniest things, and I miss seeing that, but it’s simple to drop by their personal page and look it over.

Q: Anything else to add?
A: Hmm… only that you’re welcome to ask questions of your own, if you wish.

Thanks for reading!