Tuesday, October 23, 2012

recycled, recycled tee shirt skirt

photo(8)I am finally going to make my first tutorial on how simple & easy it is to make this. Start off by picking your favorite colors ~ I used purple, black, tan, brown, white, orange, red, blue, green, rust, and grey. After you choose your colors the next step is to cut small, squares (which are much quicker) or you can make small circles. I used a rotary cutter but don’t go out & buy one if you don’t have it.  Put all your small cut up squares in a bowl so they don’t get blown away.  Easy so far, right?
photo(9)The next step is to gather a pair of pliers, sewing needle, a clamp to attach to the end of the wire so all your beautiful squares will not come off, 2 crimp beads, beads if desired & clamp; last but not least you need jewelry wire which can be purchased at bead store or any craft store.photo(12)
photo(10) Get a glass of your favorite wine & start.  First  thread your beading wire with your needle.  Sip.  Start threading smaller squares first & put on a few at a time unless you want to drink the entire bottle of wine before you finish.  Now the pliers photo(13)come into play.  photo(11)  Take a sip of wine & now hold your needle in the teeth of your pliers.  Push down on the squares.  Add more squares, sip again.  Now I’m not promoting drinking but this is not rocket science ~ have fun.  This will be the softest & lightest necklace you will have EVER worn.  When it gets to your desired length put crimp bead on, add desired bead, thread the toggle clamp, now put the wire back  thru crimp bead & clamp. 
Voila!  It is done!  My friend Laura & I spent the afternoon making 1, we then took  a picture of hers finished.  She wore it that evening for her Soupfest Party.  Lovely.photo(14)If you use this tutorial, please take a picture of the necklace, send it to me, follow my blog.   I promise to put more tutorials up.  Common courtesy says you won’t sell these on Etsy.  I would love to hear comments and suggestions.