Turning my treasure into jewellery.
Having hunted down enough beads from a variety of charity shops, I set about making some Mash Ups for Christmas presents, I had already made one Caramel Mash Up for my cousin. Here is my list:
Red and Black for friend, Purple and Black for friend, Baby Blue for god daughter, Pale Green for her sister, Brown and Gold Mash Up for her mum, Leafy Green x 2 for friends and earrings for a friend that doesn't wear necklaces but likes dangly earrings. They are not yet all complete and there are more I could do if get time, but here's how I've done so far..........
What is a Mash Up?
It is where I buy old necklaces from charity shops and mix them all up to create something new and fresh. I am designing a little label to go with them in the gift box - it will explain that they are Ethical Designs because they give money to charity and recycle old beads.
To complete the Red and Black I needed some red glass beads and I had almost given up until I found these....
|My Saturday morning haul. The white bracelet was 95p in Sue Ryder and the rest was £1 in Marie Curie.|
|Here they are waiting to be mashed up. I couldn't believe how perfect this find was.|
|And the finished necklace, with some black beads and some large red glass beads I had in my stash.|
|I have decided to call this one Vampire's Kiss.|
Next the Purple and Black one - I used some of the beads from the haul at Half-Term plus some from my stash and Hey Presto....
|This one is now called Oily Puddle (because the colours remind me of an oily puddle!)|
For the Baby Blue I used more beads from the Half-Term haul. I had to work very hard to clean up the white beads. I had to wash them in Infa Care, bleach them and then use a paper clip to scratch off the grime inside the beads. Then I soaked them in washing powder for an hour -it was worth it in the end.
|This one is called Greek Island.|
|Lastly I reused beads from Rose Garden as it wouldn't lay right and made this instead. If I'm honest I'm still not happy with this - so watch this space.|
Crochet Notes - Mash Ups
This is how I put them together.
- Gather beads and wash them.
- Divide into two strings with the same large beads in the same place and seed beads or tiny beads in between.
- Thread them onto crochet cotton.
- I usually have 30 seed beads either end followed by 6 slightly larger beads.
- 8 chain, bring up seed beads 2 at time, 1 chain in between.
- Bring up slightly larger bead 1 at a time, 1 chain in between.
- Bring up large bead , 2 chain or 1 chain, seed beads/tiny beads, 2 chain or 1 chain.
- When both strings are completed turn one round so that they are not in the same order on each side - this balances it out.
- Attach fastening.
- Think of a relevant name for your creation:)
I'd love to see pictures if anyone else makes one.