I had lots of wire hinges leftover after making my clothespin napkin holder and I promised my readers I would make something out of them. After a little research on the web I think Michelle In L.A. had the best idea of making jewelry out of the wire hinges. She has a knack for upcycling the most unusual objects and made fabulous jewelry with her hinges. I couldn't come up with something actually different. There were quite a few designs out there using different sizes of beautiful beads with the clothespin wire hinges. I don't have any really pretty beads that would make a piece of jewelry stand out. Nor did I want to spend any time or money searching the craft stores or thrift shops for beads that I could use. So I thought it cool to just make some paper beads out of the napkins pictured in my napkin holder. I recently discovered that Dee Ann Rick has a wonderful video tutorial on turning beautiful napkins into awesome beads that you should check out.
Here's how I made mine:
Open the paper napkin and pull apart the two plain layers from the printed side.
The easiest way to do this is to press a glue stick on the corner edge and pull apart. The layers should easily separate.
Lay the printed napkin on a plain sheet of paper and glue down two inch sections at a time until the whole napkin is glued to the paper. Doing this adds strength to the napkin and makes it easier to cut out the strips.
Don't worry about wrinkles. This adds texture to your beads. You need to make two sheets.
Once the paper is dry, mark off 1/2 inch increments for the templates on one sheet and triangular 1/2 inch base strips on the other sheet. Sorry, I forgot to take pictures of this but the cut out strips look like this:
The first type of paper bead I made is like a Pandora style bead that included using a 3/16 bead core or eyelet core insert. Since I didn't have a bead roller, I needed to add tape to my skewer to get the correct 3/16 hole size so the core would fit into the rolled paper.
Once satisfied that the core would fit into the rolled bead ends, place one end of the 1/2 inch strip first and carefully roll around the skewer, keeping the tension tight and the paper centered. Just before the end, put a bit of glue on the strip and add the tapered piece. Continue rolling the tapered strip, tight and centered until just before the end. Add additional glue and finish rolling.
Using a paint brush I applied triple thick brush on gloss to the beads and let dry.
This is my contraption I made with a wire stem for rolling the beads around while the gloss dries.
Once dry, using E6000, glue the cores to each end.
I then added the Pandora style bead to each hinge and strung them on a small chain necklace.
Then, I rolled a napkin paper into a tube, cutout three smaller tubes and glued them together.
Next, I took printed napkin sheets without any backing, rolled into a tube, flatten, and shaped it into a triangle, pinching the corners.
Glued them all together before adding it to the wire hinge. I painted on triple thick gloss to all of the napkin beads I created.
The possibilities are almost unlimited as to how you can design jewelry using clothespin hinges. Just use your imagination.
It's really fun to upcycle items leftover from other projects. What have you tried lately?
Take a little time to enjoy