Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Spikey Shell Beads

Today's bead is something a little different, in fact, it's a strung bracelet on stretchy cord. I believe this came from Pat Katan's craft store, but I don't know if it is meant to be worn as a bracelet or if it is temporarily strung for use in other ways.

Are there other ways to use these long, spikey shell beads? It looks pretty cool on my wrist, but it is a little heavy, so I'm not sure it would be a favorite to wear. However, taking it apart and using bits and pieces in a variety of other items might be fun and challenging.
I'd guess that these spikey shells are almost 3 inches long. Could you use a handful of them in an abstract focal piece for a necklace by incorporating other types of shells and pearls? That seems to be what is coming to mind.

I would love to hear some other ideas for using these if you have a minute!!! Please let me know what you think!! :)


TesoriTrovati said...

I used these once in a convertible necklace (could be worn as two bracelets) for a gift for a client. The recipient was a lover of Nine Inch Nails and these made the perfect statement in the piece. I strung them through the top hole and left the bottom open (you didn't notice anyway). All the other elements were spikey as well. Client loved it and wore it the next Nine Inch Nails concert she attended!
Enjoy the day! Erin

DVArtist said...

Spiky beads long or short are very tribal to me. Incorporate big colorful beads and make the necklace long. Also I have passed on an award to you. Please pick it up at my blog.


Anonymous said...

Those shell beads are gorgeous.

Azure Accessories said...

I think they would make a great bracelet...chunky is in! If you find them too heavy you could always space them with pearls or some other beads that way you get the same cuff look minus the weight.

If you strung them as Tresori talked about, only through one whole you could make very unique necklaces and earrings.


Cindy Lietz, Polymer Clay Tutor said...

I found those exact bracelets in a dollar store awhile back and bought the last four they had! They are really great looking. I used mine in a beaded pirate bracelet. If you click on my name it will take you to a photo of the bracelet on my blog.

Designs by Blanche said...

I used some of these beads in a flower design - check out my blog to see it & tell me what you think!