Melted Bead Necklaces- a Mini Tutorial

We haven’t done a melted bead project in a while, then I had an idea!

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The projects we had done in the past were kinda big. My new idea was to make it small!

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So the next time we were at the craft store we found some 1 inch necklace charms and the smallest plastic beads we could find. The charm has sides on it to hold the plastic in. I wanted even smaller beads, but the smaller ones were all glass. So I got the smallest ones they had.

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So we started designing… We poured the bag of beads out on the cookie sheet. Since it has sides, it kept the beads confined and then it was easy to pick them up and the charms went in the over right on the cookie sheet.

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Max tried a few different colors …

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And ended up with a nice bright colorful charm.

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After the design was complete I loved mine too.

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Until it melted… It’s still pretty, but using the clear beads wasn’t the best idea! We cooked them like we did the other bead projects, in oven. But this time, since the beads were smaller, I took the heat down a bit to around 350 and cooked them about 15 minutes.

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This was a super nice and quick project! A cute one of the kiddos to do for Christmas presents! We’ve gotten more charms, so we need to get on to making more!

Have you seen even tinier plastic beads anywhere? what design are you thinking about? I’m thinking an ombre would be nice too!

Disclaimer: I am not a scientist. I have never used a gas oven or a grille for this project! I have only made these as I described above and don’t really know what other temperatures or times will work on your oven. Please be safe and do not cook around children!Please see blog disclaimer below!

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Our do Good Stitches July Quilt

Yes, the July quilt!

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And yes, I know it’s November! It’s been done and wasn’t too far behind schedule! It’s just taken me a bit to get it photographed and put up on the blog….

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Remember the ‘Low Volume with Bright Contrast Crosses Postage Stamp Quilt block’ I showed you a while back? Well, this is it done with all the blocks from all of our group members! I asked everyone to use low volume blocks for the back ground and bright colors for 3 to 5 crosses in each block. I love how the bright colors just pop!

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Once I got all the blocks, there were all just a tad different sizes. So I got scared. I couldn’t figure out how I was going to put it together. One thought I had was to add fabric pieces between the blocks. But I didn’t like that idea either. So I sat on the pieces for too long. THen one day I pulled them out again and moved the blocks around until they all fit! Yea! It was like a puzzle. They just had to be rotated this way and that and then they fit! I got so frustrated with myself for being scared of it!

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For the back I switched the color scheme!

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A bright back ground and a low volume cross!

Quilting done. Binding on. Now to finish the binding. Debating by hand or machine???? #dogoodstitches #nurturecircle

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Another debate I had was the binding. Low Volume or Bright? Then I found a low volume grey fabric with white stripes and pops of bright! I think it works perfectly!

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We’ll have a couple more quilts to show before we break for the holidays! Have you been working on anything besides Halloween over the last couple of weeks?

 

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The Green Eileen Chop Challenge

I’m sure most everyone knows about Eileen Fisher, right? But do you know about Green Eileen?

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Green Eileen is an Eileen Fisher store where they sell gently used Eileen Fisher clothing and all proceeds go to organizations to improve the lives of women and girls. There are three location and one is here in Seattle!

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Recently our local store hosted a Green Eileen Chop Challenge! And yes, I had to get it on it! (and can’t wait to do it again.)

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How is worked was easy. The shop gave all the participants a bag of gently used clothing that was just not up to par to be resold. We then took the bag and remade the clothing into whatever we wanted to make! Then they auctioned off all the pieces and the earnings went to a local group called Coyote Central, a group that helps young adolescents to build competence and creativity through hands-on workshops with professionals in  creative fields!

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From my bag of clothing I was able to make 2 quilts! I am in love with my throw blanket size quilt!

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When I picked up my bag they told be mine was super colorful! I’m not convinced, because most of it was grey and black. But I guess that was what a lot of other people got too! Anyway! I used a red sweater for the center square with a piece of yellow knit. The whites were a combination of linens and silks.

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The grey’s and blacks that I used on the front were a mix of linen and knit and a lightweight denim. And I used the rest of the yellow tee for the binding. I was worried I wouldn’t have enough fabric to finish the whole piece, but I did. I wanted the yellow binding to be around the whole thing, but in hindsight, I actually love the two color binding!

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The quilting started at the red square and wound it’s way around and around and around to the outside!

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I love the back as well! My husband doesn’t really like it because he doesn’t like the velveteen fabric that the black is. But to me, it’s super soft and would feel awesome to snuggle up with! And then I used a little more of the red sweater and a bit more knit.

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My son had fun with the left over sweater! And we might just have a new hoodie design here! I cut a strip out of the front of a turtle neck sweater… And Voila! The turtle neck is a perfect little hoodie or ear warmer….

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And then the mini! This was totally inspired by a little fairy box my son made!

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I love how the silk, linen and knit all work so well together!

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And I figured out how to machine bind a quilt! This was the first time I had done it with out if looking like a child had done it! It’s all in the ironing of the binding. Iron the front, then fold over and clip!

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The auction was a lot of fun! The whole time I was making mine, I was wondering what everyone else was making! Then to see it all together and all the creativity that went into the project was inspiring!

1. There were quite a few of the collar necklaces. I loved these two from Julia Barallo out of New Mexico.

2. And of course, a lot of the clothes were upcycled into, you guessed it, more clothes!

3 and 4. My most favorite pieces in the show were these two pieces from Leigh Krueger from here in Seattle. Number 3 is called the Shadowfold Star of David Rosette  and Number 4 is Shadowfold Scales, both are done in silk.

5. This dress was pretty cool too! I, unfortunately, didn’t get the artists name on this one. If you know who did it, please let me know!

6. Mine of course! The funny thing is, at first I couldn’t find it. I looked all over the place for it and was about to get a little angry. Then someone pointed out that it was hanging right up front. Right where everyone had to go to sign up for the auction. Right behind the counter!

7. The Batman hat and scarf by Morgan Brooks was super cool! It was all one piece and along the scarf was hand sewn on the skyline! Cool!

8. And how adorable are these huge stuffies??? The black sheep was awesome! The sheep was created by Christine Cassidy from Seattle and the adorable black teddy bear is by Kadee Banello (I think that’s the last name. Again, correct me if you can!) also from Seattle.

9. This is another one that I didn’t get the artists name, but I loved the little flower! IT’s just a cute t-shirt with a little embellishment! Perfect idea if you have a little hole or stain in a well loved t-shirt!

10. And lastly, I loved how these little pouches from Shannon Clock of 2 Little Birds Design out of Portland seemed to be smiling back at you! Don’t they look like little faces to you?

What would you make if you were given a bag of old clothes to repurpose???

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