Then necessity became my inspiration. On a recent thrifting trip, I picked up a really cute leather purse that was in great shape. But, after only a few weeks, I managed to wear out the zipper pull, leaving only a little ring to grasp while opening and closing the pouch.
So I went on a hunt for some beaded zipper pull or key chain tutorials and project ideas, looking for a fun design to use on my purse. Here are some of my favorites:
Spirals Micro Macrame Keychain Tutorial by KnotGypsy - This one is so pretty, and would be a great project for leftover beads.
Frog Prince 3D Keychain by Cassandra Elizabeth - So cute! A great idea for using kits and 3D beading patterns.
Two-Dimensional Star Dangle by Lynn of 3DBeading.com - Simple and beautiful. This one might not stand up to lots of wear, so it might be nice paired with a length of chain.
Beaded Wire Wrap Keychain Tutorial from Tatertots and Jello - Classic and simple, another great leftover bead option.
And two more simple beaded designs:
Easy Beaded Zipper Pull Tutorial from Childmade
Knotted Zipper Pull Tutorial from Five Little Ladies
I also thought it might be fun to adapt those funky animal shapes woven with plastic pony beads, and use 6/o seed beads instead. And sure enough, I found a seed beads animals project that uses the classic technique.
Although I found a lot of projects that I liked, none of them quite fit my style. Instead, I turned to my collection of Un-Finished Objects for a solution. I found a pair of RAW beaded rings that I had made for a chain link bracelet and never used. I added an old key ring and some peyote strips and made my own custom zipper pull.
I like the look of the bag a lot more than before! I think it’s excellent proof that beads can do so much more than make great jewelry. Perhaps I’ll have to look for more ways to dress up my universe with beads.
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