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Crafty jewelry: Explode-A-Bead Tutorial, Sea Creatures!

Beading and knotting, Jewelry making  |  September 27th 2011  |  0 Comment
See?  Creatures!
Last time, I showed you how to make fancy beaded tassels from leftover Mardi Gras beads.  Let’s turn some of those tassels into jellyfish, shall we?

This projects is so super simple, you will love making your own!
First, look around for a plastic object in a roughly domelike shape.  I collected several, all of which can be found in your recycling bin or the dollar store.

As before, you need to make a few short exploded bead segments:



Gather them with twisted wire and snip away the excess.  Add a big bead.


Now make a hole in your plastic dome.  I like to use a heated poker, but depending on the type of plastic, you could also use a drill, metal punch or hammer and nail.String your dome onto the tassel, and make a wrapped loop to hold everything in place.



I made these jellies to amuse my friend Claire, a lovely German blogger/artist who likes tentacles.  No, she REALLY likes tentacles.  Peruse her site Saraccino to discover all kinds of gorgeous tentacular creations.

Hope you enjoyed these jellyfishy critters…I can’t resist posting a few more angles…


Crafty jewelry: Explode-A-Bead Tutorial, Sea Creatures!