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