I had some time yesterday to work with my Tyvek beads from yesterday's post, hoping that the addition of thread and beads would spiff them up and make them more like the ones I drooled over on the ...And Then We Set It On Fire Blog here and here. As usual, this required gathering potential candidates from the stash.
First I tried just some thread, a gold metallic. I didn't like the look of anything thicker than a normal thread like you would use in your machine. It looked ok on the black but I didn't like it at all on the blue ones. The bead in the foreground is wrapped with a black Kreinik Metallic "blending filament". I'd gotten several of these from a friend when she worked at a fabric store. I believe they were in a bargain bin going for practically nothing and she thought I could use them. They absolutely would not work in my machine, and even though they are marketed as being for hand or machine use, I've found these almost impossible to work with. However, in these short runs, I managed to make them behave.
I liked the way that black metallic looked wrapped over the blue beads.
Just the wrapped threads didn't strike me as very much of an improvement so I moved on to threading a few beads on the black metallic. Better.
I'm such a matchy matchy person and it gets me into trouble with my quilting so those amber beads were a stretch for me (but one I liked). But I could not pull myself away from the blue beads in my stash. I think these work pretty well on both the blue and the black. I had to watch that I didn't wrap too much of the thread around the bead. I know - it's obvious - but I truly didn't think about the fact that the thread would be covering up the bead color itself. My mind just checked out on that little fact.
I was pretty much going through random mashes of beads and picking ones that I only had a few of. That's one of the reasons I chose these small grayish/black shiny ones. They really don't show up but glint as light hits the beads.
Finally, I tried a few big beads - again, these were all of this kind. I should mention that I ended up doing a knot of the thread ends when I was done wrapping, putting quite a bit of glue over the knot (the kind that dries clear), then trimming off the excess ends. Crossing fingers it holds.
Frankly, these look better in these close-up shots than I think that they do in real life. Perhaps the ones I saw on the blog tutorial are getting the same boost in beauty and are not as eye-popping in the flesh. Perhaps I should try another round with different colors and different cuts. But the truth of the matter is, I'm not at all sure what I would use these for. It was all I could do to rein in my compulsion to finish them out all the same, so that I would have 6 identical blue ones and 6 identical black ones - you know, matchy matchy for when one might need multiples on a project. See why it's hard for me to just "play"? At least this itch has been scratched, I can quit wondering and move on to the next bead-making technique tempting me.
I have thought of one possible use for these or beads like them, but I'd be interested in hearing how you might use beads like these.