Tuesday Tips and Tricks!

tuesdaytipsandtricks-520x210While Spring Cleaning my craft room this year I found a lot of beading supplies I’ve had forever, but still haven’t used. Although it’s a good idea to keep a stock of basic supplies on hand, a giant stash can be hard to store and overwhelming when it’s time to actually make a project. This month I’ll share the tricks I’ve learned to clear out your beading stash by reinventing and re-homing neglected supplies!

One of the biggest traps I fall into is purchasing supplies without having a specific project in mind. I’m a sucker for charms and pendants in particular and have collected a lot of pieces that I can’t bear to part with. Fortunately, even if you don’t want to wear a favorite charm as jewelry, you can still sport it on your purse!

supplies for purse charmsThe only other supplies you’ll need are jump rings and small scraps of chain. Choose where on the bag you want to add your charm and measure your chain so the charm hangs where you want it to. I added my charms where the strap connects to the side of the bag, but they can go just about anywhere!  Some bags have hardware that’s easy to slip a chain through, while for others you can just loop your chain around the strap. Add the charm to your chain and use a jump ring to fasten the ends of the chain securely together. You can even make your purse charms interchangeable by using a lobster clasp instead of a jump ring!

Make purse charms with your favorite pendantsDon’t forget to come back next week for more stash-busting ideas!

Happy Tuesday! – Gretchen





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