Beaded Recycled Glass Containers
SUPPLIES & TOOLS:
- Recycled glass containers
- 16-gauge aluminum wire
- 20-gauge jewelry wire
- Dragonfly charm
- Glass beads
- Round-nose pliers
- Hot glue gun
- Wire cutters
- Bead reamer
- Brass headpin
- Jewelry jump ring (optional)
- Clean glass containers.
- Cut 3' of wire with wire cutters.
- Bend the end of the wire around the round nose pliers and start to coil the wire, keeping the coil flat. Once the coil is started around the pliers, continue to roll with fingers instead of the pliers.
- Position coil on the container. Use a dot of hot glue to hold in place. Work from the bottom of the container up.
- Wrap wire around the container several times in an interesting pattern, leaving a 10" to 12" length of wire at the end. The shape of the container will determine how the wire needs to be wrapped. If threading beads directly on the wire, this should be done during the winding process around the container. If necessary use a bead reamer to get beads onto the wire if needed.
- Set glass container aside.
- To create a beaded hanger, use a brass headpin, slip a small bead on the end to prevent beads from slipping. Add 6-8 beads in an interesting pattern. Roll a loop in the top of the pin using the round-nose pliers.
- The add the dragonfly charm, create a loop in the bottom of the pin (or use a pin with a loop in the bottom) and attach the charm to the loop using a jump ring first. Continue to add beads and finish as in step 7.
- To finish the top of the container, bend wire over the top rim of the container so it looks interesting and creates an anchor for the wire. Use hot glue to anchor in place if necessary. The wire should be bent down and back up in a "U" shape. There should still be a good section of the wire left.
- Slide the bead charm onto the wire and let it slip down into the bottom of the "U".
- Take the end of the wire and bend it with the round-nose pliers and coil with fingers as in step 3. Coil the wire until the look and coil size is achieved.
- Optional: Using 20-gauge wire, thread beads onto the wire and twist around the 12-gauge wire for a dimensional look.