Leftovers in their less visible form are called memories. Stored in the refrigerator of the mind and the cupboard of the heart.
Do you ever have leftovers after the holidays and just don’t know what to do with them? I actually hate eating leftovers, but I love BEADING leftovers. After making all the ornaments and necklaces and earrings and bookmarks and other beaded goodies, I ended up with a lot of leftovers and a great idea… make a potluck! A potluck Wrist Garland, that’s what!
I started with some ‘simple truths’ initials in red and green to spell out L-O-V-E and J-O-Y. I have been making these as sweet little initial pendants and bookmarks for my family and friends so I hade bunch left over. Why not spell out a message for the New Year? I picked those two words because they are more than just holiday words, but ones that work all year long. I kept the colors fairly traditional in red and green, but you could mix it up and combine colors or use other ones like blue or purple if that is your thing. The key is to use up your leftovers, so see what is in your prodigious stash and let that color be your guide. If you don’t have some ‘simple truths’ lying around, how about an assortment of other art beads in the same color family?
Next, find a sturdy bit of chain in your left over bin. You don’t have leftovers bins? Just wait… you will! Fish out a jump ring or round link to add to the chain and a trigger clasp. If you want to get even more fancy, check out the tutorial I posted on dressing up your plain clasps.
Then I went to the bowls and containers that cover my desk filled with the leftover bits and pieces from the past six years. I am notorious for not cleaning up after myself, so every once in awhile I just dump all the pieces that didn’t make it into bowls. I keep buying more pottery bowls for my table. I have them for pieces of chain, art beads that I didn’t use, and all manner of beads. If I were smart I would sort them into colors, but that would be thinking ahead too much!
Sort through your leftovers and pick out beads that suit your color scheme. Then just wire wrap them all on headpins and start attaching them to the links in the chain. I prefer to wire wrap them directly to the chain (this is where a ChainSta would come in handy for me!) or you can just make the wrapped head pins and then add them all at once with jump rings. Your call.
I thought these looked like little garlands you might hang on your tree but are instead for dressing up your wrist. Wrist Garlands! Enjoy using up your leftovers. 😉
Wishing you JOY and LOVE in abundance in the New Year!