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Category Jewelry
Type Accessory
Style Cute, Hipster, Casual, Funky
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Who is this project for? Women

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What materials did you use? Denim

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What are you most proud of? I'm very excited that these came out as well as they did for my first time project with fabric

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? Have a variety of plastic straws on hand when rolling the fabric. Don't be afraid to heavily coat the beads. And don't worry about clipping the tattered edges. Those make the beads more authentic

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Wow, this is very clever. I take it you glued the denim to the straw pieces? Or, what did you mean having a variety of plastic straws on hand? Also, what did you heavily coat the beads with? My granddaughter is coming to visit and I think she would really enjoy making some of these. Any directions or details would really be appreciated. I love these. Thanks

06/19/2012 Flag

I thought I answered your comment and then, somehow, it was lost. I apologize if you get the answer twice. Okay, here goes! I cut a triangle of denim (paper bead pattern) and wound it around the straw. I glued the fabric to itself (school glue works), not the straw. Before the bead dried completely, I removed it from the straw and set it on wax paper. The denim is firm enough to hold shape. Push 1 end of a toothpick through the bead hole and push the other toothpick end into a styrofoam plate. Once the bead dries, glaze it. For the glaze, I used 1 coat of modpodge and 2 coats of Triple Thick (my friend uses Diamond Coat). It's really a lot of fun to work with denim. If you use another fabric, use the glue to form the bead and let it dry on the straw. After it's dry, use modpodge to stiffen it and then glaze. Other fabrics are nice but they'll remain fragile unless you use a LOT of glaze. I wouldn't recommend polyurethane ever.

06/19/2012 Flag