Thursday, January 31, 2013

AlphabeThursday - K is for Kits

This past weekend I put together my first bracelet kit; a way for a person to enjoy designing their own bracelet without having a lot of supplies or experience in jewelry making.  The idea came from another student in our Alphabet Thursday class: SplendidLittleStars.  Thanks for the idea, Margaret!


Here are the beads I rolled and sprayed.  The paper is called chiyogami washi paper.  I love Japanese paper!


The kit includes (28) paper beads, approx 14x10mm, or ½" long.  They are hand-rolled by me on a 3mm metal rod and sprayed five times with clear acrylic sealer to make them more durable and shiny.  To go with them, there are (40) copper beads, which are 6mm in circumference. As you can see, I'm including 4 loops of Memory Wire, measuring approx. 20" in length.  You can string the beads in any pattern you want and use pliers to close the ends of the wire.  

Jewelry bracelet kit - Copper and Paper Beads
I have lots of beads that are not being used anymore from my jewelry making days.  So I plan to make more sets after rolling additional paper beads.  This kit is going for $7.00 - come visit my Etsy shop, the Storybeader's Bookshelf,  if you're interested in paper beads or journals.  That's my specialty. 


For my second kit, I took (14) paper beads that were listed on Etsy by themselves and added turquoise to them.  They are also hand-rolled and sprayed, using the same technique.  I purchased the paper for these beads while in Florence at a shop called Il Papiro (operated by Florentine papermakers, Francesco Giannini and Gianni Parenti).  The paper includes scenes of Venice.  

Jewelry bracelet kit - Turquoise and Paper Beads
The paper beads are approx. 11x13mm (ovals that are ½" long).  Included are (42) chalk turquoise "dogbones" that I had in my bead stash.  They measure 10-12 mm.  I'm selling the whole kit for $14.00, including Memory Wire.  There's enough beads to make a 3-strand bracelet.

These Jewelry Kits were finished off this month especially for the Letter K.  To see other AlphabeThursday posts, click over to Ms. Jenny's blog, ...off on my tangent...


17 comments:

Sarah~Magnolia Surprise said...

What a great idea! I really like the turquoise one -- I love the color and your paper beads are beauties!

Paige @ Little Nostalgia said...

What a great way to use up old supplies! I came up on a bunch of beads in my desk that I had forgotten about, so now I need to figure out a plan for those, too.

Judie said...

When I saw this, I thought about my granddaughter. She would love a kit like this. Hmmmm--Valentine's day is coming up!

AWJ said...

Great idea! I hope they sell really fast for you. :)

Carol L McKenna said...

Wonderful creative post for 'K" ~ love your kits!

Carol of A Creative Harbor ^_^

Rose said...

This is such an awesome addition to your shop! I love the first two sets and look forward to seeing what else you make.

Rocky Mountain Woman said...

What an awesome idea! I hope it's very successful for you...

BeadedTail said...

Great idea on the kits! I love the colors of the beads too. Good luck with them Deb!

Brona Joy said...

Love the copper and paper combo set - how clever of you! I would never have thought of that (let alone have the patience to actually do it!)

st said...

interesting. I always wondered how those beads were made...

Memories for Life said...

These kits are such a great idea! I love the handmade beads paired with the other beads you've chosen. You have a real eye for great designs!

Judy Nolan said...

I really like that last photo, where you show the combination of paper beads and turquoise beads. That will make a beautiful bracelet.

Pondside said...

I like the idea of something that is, by itself in kit form, a great gift for oneself or others - and then, after the pleasure of making it up, can be sent on as a gift. A gift two ways!

Tracy said...

I like beads think hand rolled ones are amazing thank you

Jenny said...

I love kits!

This is something I might order a bit later to try for a summer project with the Grandlittles.

We're in the process of moving and I don't even have a place for any of my craft stuff sorted out yet.

What a kool idea!

Thanks for sharing.

A+

Splendid Little Stars said...

ooo...great kits, Deb!! I bet they'll be very popular!
The beads you made combined with additional beads are very lovely!

Peg said...

Your paper beads are beautiful and the kits have inspired me to check out your Etsy shop. I won't be much of a customer, though. Since I retired, I don't wear much jewelry. Why dress up to stay home? But I do think your bracelets are very pretty.

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