Beads are one of the most diverse craft item you can find and use to make all sorts of projects. Metal beads in particular add an interesting accent to any piece. Jewelry is not the only thing you can make with these fantastic supplies however. There are tons of projects you can do as a family, for profit, or just as an interesting pastimes. Here are four things you can make with these beads that are not jewelry.
#1 - Adornments
Adornments, for shirts, hats, purses, and sneakers, are a great thing to use these beads for. Make your shoes really stand out by lacing the beads into your shoelaces and the sides of the shoe. Go steampunk retro by stitching a few copper beads into your white lace shirt. Print out your favorite sports team custom logo on a ball cap with some beads, and you are sure to stand out at the next ball game. All of these crafts require, is a simple grasp of sewing and a good imagination.
#2 - Ornaments
You can also make whole ornaments and structures out of these attractive beads. Transform a drab and regular Christmas ornament with some lace and decorative beads. Create your own miniature wind chime set by setting larger beads against a metal plate with good resonance. Tassels and ornamental statues can also be spruced up with a well-made metal bead wrapping or seat. These beads also make interesting barrier screens, for those still into beaded gateways.
#3 - Three Dimensional Crafts
Other beads are used for toys and bookmarks, why not metal beads? A beaded elephant toy is fun, and would look even better with a steely beaded body. Mark your place with a beaded bookmark. Industrial flower arrangements with beads look great as well with the right colors. Woven works with unique beads are also a huge hit, you can even make the skeletons of buildings with the right tools. As with other projects, the possibilities are only limited by your imagination.
#4 - Clothing
Beaded clothing has gone out of style during the last few years, but that is not stopping you from trying on a metal beaded shirt. These fun projects will be the center of your "goofy day" wardrobe. You can make this shirt with all colors and styles of different beads to create a cool color pattern or design. This is a great, fun thing to wear at the club, or goofy casual office days. Be careful if you are allergic to certain metals, as many metal beads are composed of several different metal composites.
The most important thing to remember when crafting with beads, is to have fun and be creative. You can make almost anything with the right tools and an imaginative mind. Next time you are looking for a fun and expressive craft item to try, consider using metal beads in your next piece.