My boyfriend wanted me to make him a fob for his keychain with beads 2 years ago. He bought some 4x4mm square alphabet beads that spell his name and a clippy doo-dad thingy. I just found the beads and the clip in my stash.....This is so outside of what I normally do, I have no Idea how to make this thing. I don't even know how to string it.....
Rainy Pacific Northwest
You could just string the beads on a length of tigertail/beading wire, crimp one end (maybe with a tassel, or a small loop of beads, or a charm) and put the other end through the loop on the clip and crimp that in place too, just like adding a clasp to a necklace. Or you could string the letter beads onto a headpin and wire wrap it onto the clip, or onto a big jump ring that then attaches to the clip, then add more dangles, charms or whatever... OR take a piece of leather cord, fold in half, put the loop through the keychain clip and pass the ends through the loop (this makes a lark's head knot) and you can then string the beads onto one of the strands of the leather and knot the end, and add more beads to the other strand and knot the end of that one too.
Sorry, that was a very complicated explanation of a very simple construction! I'm off to see whether I have any photos...
My website: http://lynndavybeadwork.co.uk/
Probably, these variants of knots will help: http://www.animatedknots.com/knotlist.php? LogoImage = and Website =
Diana, what a fantastic site! Thanks so much for sharing with us. As a single mom of a young man who has recently needed to wear bowties, I didn't know how to tie one and had to ask his band director to do it for us. If I had this site before, we could have tied his tie here at home. I like the animation, really makes it much easier.
I ended up making it like a bracelet (only shorter) and finishing both ends with split jump rings, one side is attached to the clippy and the other side I finished with a dangle. I used .10 bead wire, and inserted .8 seed beads inside the holes of the alphabet beads so they sat right on the wire.
He loved it.
Thanks! I bookmarked that page! I'm sure I'll refer to it quite often.
BTW, back in the 1950s (pre-history to some here), I learned what was then called a 'cinch hitch' because that was how the cinch [on a horse's saddle] was fastened. It has since been renamed 'Lark's head' -- I have no idea why.
Ignorance is curable; Stupidity has neither cure nor excuse.
I also bookmarked it, Thanks for the cool site,
I made a bunch of keychains for guys' Christmas presents this year. When I'm on my computer next I'll have to post the pics. I thought they turned out well. I basically made a loop of beads on crimped beading wire with links of jumprings holding it together. I had a swivel clip on one end to attach to a belt loop/purse and the split ring for keys on the other end, attached with sturdy jump rings.
Ok, here's a link to the keychains I made. Still can't get an image in here to save my life.
thanks for the cool knotting side, as I love to make knotted jewelry.
I know the bowtie problem, but I had a grandma who thought a girl should know how to make a Windsor knot herself. I had to do it several times when I have to wear a bowtie playing theatre.