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Old 10-13-2008, 11:36 AM   #1
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I have been making necklaces and earrings for fun and giving them to my friends and relatives.

I have thought about making man necklaces/beads for some of the guys I know that are hippie types that might wear them. I am not talking about gold chains or that sort of thing. Anyone have experience? Suggestions as to beads? I have thought about seeds/nuts on leather or cotton string but I am not sure what is available. Another possibility is wood. I have some small brown wood beads, but with a very small hole so the would have to be strong on wire or thin line. Not sure what to use for a clasp.
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During carnival season, men in New Orleans might wear Mardi Gras beads that they caught at a parade. Then again, during carnival season tourists down here might wear a lot of things they wouldn't get caught dead in back in Peoria!

In the 1960's back in California, guys would wear beads made of a lot of things but usually natural and strung on a leather thong. Shells, carvings, and hand made ceramic beads (in manly styles) come to mind.
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Leather is good, simple, a few beads in the middle, you can knot the leather off at each end where the beads stop so they don't slide all over the place.

You can use regular clasps, just get the findings for leather - they're a few different kinds, one that looks like a spring, another that is a small piece of metal that wraps around the leather, put a dot of glue and clamp down w/ your plyers. Then the regular clasp is attached. Like these:
Silver Plated End Caps and Coils - Fire Mountain Gems and Beads

You can do themes, like tribal (nuts, bones etc) or sterling silver works too. I have some rocker friends who wear a lot of accessories, they are usually sterling or black leather and sterling...
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Tiffany & Co. | Item | Paloma's Grooveâ„¢ surfer necklace in sterling silver with rubber. | United States
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Suggestions as to beads? I have thought about seeds/nuts on leather or cotton string but I am not sure what is available. Another possibility is wood. I have some small brown wood beads, but with a very small hole so the would have to be strong on wire or thin line. Not sure what to use for a clasp.

For the beads w/ the small holes, you can string on wire like usual, and use the end clasps to attach it to the leather...so you'd have 4 end clasps - one at the end for the clasp, one attached to the strung beads.

If you use cotton, find a waxed string, so it won't break down as fast as regular string.
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Bright-eyed, I suppose a lobster clasp would work best after putting the findings on the leather? Or magnetic would work too I suppose.

Dex, I like the idea of using rubber with silver. That Tiffany necklace is nice, combining the focal point with the magnetic clasp.
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For the beads w/ the small holes, you can string on wire like usual, and use the end clasps to attach it to the leather...so you'd have 4 end clasps - one at the end for the clasp, one attached to the strung beads.

If you use cotton, find a waxed string, so it won't break down as fast as regular string.
I do have waxed cotton which I have used before. Another good idea on the end caps.
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I do have waxed cotton which I have used before. Another good idea on the end caps.
...I would keep the wax, and melt it down
Pluck some floss, and swish it around...
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Have someone do a tiny cast of your whip-wielding avatar and hang her from an appropriate chain- maybe very fine barb wire?

Your male friends will not forget this gift.

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Bright-eyed, I suppose a lobster clasp would work best after putting the findings on the leather? Or magnetic would work too I suppose.

Dex, I like the idea of using rubber with silver. That Tiffany necklace is nice, combining the focal point with the magnetic clasp.
Maybe a big lobster clasp for the giant man fingers...

You can also do the sliding knots - i can try to explain if you haven't done them before, but that way they can size and put on/off w/out a clasp...
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Men are pretty good with clasps. Remember that feeling when your your bra strap suddenly relaxed?

We haven't lost that dexterity you know.

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Maybe a big lobster clasp for the giant man fingers...

You can also do the sliding knots - i can try to explain if you haven't done them before, but that way they can size and put on/off w/out a clasp...
No, I haven't done them before. Do you mean like this: http://www.rubysbeadwork.com/SlidingKnots.html? I figured that I would find a bead expert around here.
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No, I haven't done them before. Do you mean like this: SlidingKnots I figured that I would find a bead expert around here.
Yup, those are them...they are easy and simple. You can put a "dot" of glue at the top of the knot (don't put it near the part that is supposed to slide) to ensure it doesn't undo itself. They can slide the knots close to each other to make it long and put it on, and shorten as much as they like, till the knots meet back up front.

No expert, just learned a few tricks in college - have some friends who do "real" stuff like metal work and soldering, that would be cool as a next step! Now it comes in hand for birthday parties and impressing my 6 year old...

I wish I had more time to do bead work! I also can't bring myself to buy premade stuff cuz I "know" i can make it myself! I do get around to 1-2 pieces per year, but that's about it! I do have some really pretty blue beads waiting for me, i should figure out what to do with them!

I do somehow find time to stone my daughter's dance stuff! and matching apparel for us at basketball games...

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circa 1975 lazy's man bead (i'm pretty sure we didn't call it that) on leather. i think i wore that thing nonstop from about ages 16-18. i remember i had to remove it because it was stopping circulation to my brain. you'll notice that damage today.

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martha, thought you'd get a kick out of this. while considering the architecture thread i was remembering one of my old professors, googled him and found BabetteBeads

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Ira, a professor of architecture at the University of Florida at Gainesville, is a self-taught alchemist and an accomplished sculptor whose work has been exhibited across the country. His glazes
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