You need to know two things about me: 1 - I like to be prepared and 2 - I prefer to have busy hands. It was for these reasons that my first Bead Box came together back in 2017. And, it's also for those reasons that I just finished my sixth version of this box.
The box itself is a basic, plastic craft organizer with seventeen compartments, and the container snaps closed. This makes it work weel for travel, though not perfect. I've had to place the elements in plastic baggies to keep them from migrating from one compartment to another, but that's not a huge deal. In each section, I compile all the main elements I need to make a piece of jewelry (my wire and pliers are separate.) And then, when I'm away from the house, I can still work on these pre-designed pieces. The picture above gives you a glimpse of what was in box 6, but you can see my Bead Box 6 - Stocked post to get a more detailed view. For now, let me share what I created.
Most of the time, I've kept all the Bead Box jewelry in the container until I finished everything was ready for the reveal. However, I couldn't resist taking most of them out as they were finished. This first one has an elongated chandelier crystal for the focal and clear, white, and silver beads for the chain. It is currently in the Etsy Shop as Long Crystal Necklace.
I named these earrings "Frosty Bits" as they feel a bit like a cold day with the blue cookie tin and blue and white bead dangles. They've made their way to my jewelry booth at Southern Antiques and Accents.
Also available through Etsy are these Mini Cups Earrings. I had pre-made the tin focals before packing the box so they flew together with the addition of a little chain.
Please pardon the blur of this photo. I must have been in a rush when I took it before placing them in the CraftyHope booth at the antique mall. Textured tin was accented simply with a stack of turquoise, orange glass, and wood beads separated by copper spacers.
You may remember this necklace from the Art Elements August Challenge that had the theme of octopus. That tells you something about how long it's taken me to work my way through this box. While the necklace had been listed on Etsy, it's since sold.
Like the tin cups, I had these tin pieces pre-assembled as a focal. It just needed some sort of chain to complement it. I simply wire wrapped metallic peach crystals and antiqued brass beads to one another to form this short Brass Lotus Necklace that's currently available on Etsy.
Also on Etsy is this Colorful Key Necklace. I had trouble settling on just one color for this beautiful pendant, so I picked them all! I love how happy this necklace feels!
Here's another pendant I made myself. For this one, a textured piece of tin was colored and attached to a small piece of upcycled leather belt. Hanging from the bottom is a Tim Holtz charm that was also colored. I simply accented the pendant with a few beads in matching colors before adding a silver chain. You can find this unique necklace at the booth in Fairhope.
This cute mushroom necklace will be headed to Etsy very soon. The Jade Scott resin pendant and floral button were combined to make up the focal. I used vintage red glass domes and copper beads to create my own mini mushrooms. They're combined with white floral glass beads and copper wire to make up the chain.
I love me a key and crystal beads necklace! The assembled rhinestone and key pendant hangs from a chain of wire wrapped clear beads. Simple and Stunning! And, this New Again Necklace is newly available on Etsy.
These last few pieces lingered in the Bead Box for far too long. Over this past weekend, I made it a point to get them finished so I could re-stock the box. It was this necklace that held me up for some reason. I knew it would be beautiful but couldn't seem to focus on it when I had the time. It's destined for the CraftyHope Etsy Shop.
I have to admit that this Watch Back Bracelet's components weren't featured in the stocked post for some reason. But, they were totally there. It's a cute little bracelet that's currently at the antique mall booth.
I'll also be adding this necklace to the booth. It consists of a salvaged jewelry focal to which I added brown and brass buttons and faceted gold glass beads to make up the chain.
Handmade lampwork beads from SueBeads and JulsBeads were combined with a couple of silvery elements to create these earrings. I'll be adding them to the booth soon.
As I said before, this little pendant has been in my stash for ages waiting for the right idea to strike. Glass beads in corresponding colors, silver spacers, and silver-tone chain complete the necklace that will make its reveal at Southern Antiques and Accents.
I admit that I underestimated what I would need when I planned out this bracelet and had to add several more beads to make it long enough. But, it's a sweet little beachy thing.
And, finally, I LOVE these. Those little pops of color are like a rainbow after a storm. I'll be listing these earrings on Etsy.
And, that was it for Bead Box 6! I'm a little upset with myself for taking over 6 months to get all these pieces made, but happy that I made it through it. If you're interested in the previous Bead Boxes, here are links to my posts about them.
I've already re-stocked the Box and am looking forward to both sharing what's in there and making the designs I have planned out. Here's hoping it takes me much less time!
So, how do you manage to keep your hands busy when you're away from the house?