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Rainbow Bead Garden Stake Project!

May 16, 2016 , In: Glass, Inspiration, Mixed Media, Tutorials
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I had this pretty garden stake that used to have beads hanging off of
it – over time, the cording they were on broke and the beads were
lost.  But I still had this cool garden stake. 

It
has five little hooks soldered onto it, and I thought, well, rather
than get rid of it, I’ll make it a SueBeads project! It was painted
that flat black color, so first I painted it with a metallic spray
paint. Then, I made a rainbow of baroque beads with gorgeous wispy glass
rods from GG Glass.

I
had a think about what I would use to hang the beads, and I decided to
use beading wire and crimp beads.  So I went about gathering my
supplies. I did not use my most expensive cording, nor did I use my most
expensive crimp beads, as this will be outside in the weather.

I
needed cutters, pliers and a crimper.  I cut five pieces of beading
wire, and decided I needed to start at the end of the wire first.  I
made the middle string first, as it was going to be the longest. When I
put the first bead on the wire, I found that the bead hole (even though I
made the bead on a 1/16″ mandrel which is a small 1.5mm hole size) was
too big.  So I went through my newly acquired seed beads from Bead Fest
Spring and picked out some matching colors.

So
this is how the first bead that went on looks.  I used matching beads
so you wouldn’t really see them too much. After that, I had to keep
holding the wire up to the garden stake, to make sure all the beads
would fit on in a pleasing manner!  I chose the beads in a random size
pattern, instead of making them all the same or making them in ascending
or descending order. Cuz that’s the way I roll.

 This is how the first string looks.  Pretty cute, huh?

Next,
I laid out the other sets of beads – not the entire rainbow spectrum of
beads would fit on the stake, as it is a circle and gets smaller in
length the closer to the outside the strands get, so I decided to do
partial rainbows.

And
here’s the finished project!  It looks really pretty in the sunlight,
and should last quite a long time given the beading wire is pretty
strong.

I
hope this little project gave you some inspiration to use your beads in
ways other than jewelry!  Cuz beads belong everywhere, right?

Susan Kennedy

 

 

Susan Kennedy

Susan Kennedy Susan, the owner of SueBeads, started making glass beads in 2005 because she loved lampworked beads so much, but wanted to make her own instead of buying them on ebay! She also makes enameled components and dabbles in polymer clay, but her first love is glass. She has attended jewelry-making classes at ArtBLISS and has taken classes from Barbara Lewis (torch fired enameling) in addition to several classes at the Pittsburgh Glass Center.
  1. Reply

    Absolutely cute! Perfect for you!

  2. Reply

    What a great idea! Love it!

  3. Reply

    Love it. What a great way to add colour to the garden
    Mona

  4. Reply

    So pretty!

  5. Reply

    What a pretty rainbow of beads and a great idea, too!

  6. Reply

    Thanks Ladies!

  7. Reply

    Brilliant! I love this idea!

  8. Reply

    I really like this!!! Pretty and perfect for the sunshine.

  9. Reply

    Susan, this is so pretty. Thanks for sharing another way to use our awesome beads.

  10. Reply

    This is absolutely fabulous! I do not have a garden stake like yours but I think I can make one from thick galvanised steel and add wire loops at the top! Will share on my blog!!

  11. Reply

    Thanks so much for the inspiration! What a lovely addition to the flower garden.
    My Best To You,
    LuAnn in Oregon
    luannkessi.blogspot.com

  12. Reply

    Great job Sue.

  13. Reply

    LOVE this!!! But if it gets wildly windy and the beads start banging into each other be sure to race outside to bring it in… it's much too pretty to only last 1 season! 🙂

  14. Reply

    This is great; beads do belong everywhere!

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