One last example of how you can use nylon mesh!
I started this project after noticing that the beautiful turquoise/copper beads I brought home from my last trip to John Bead looked very pretty next to my aqua mesh. I didn’t want to place them inside the mesh tube…I wanted to showcase them so I decided to try sewing them to the outside.
I selected a smaller matching strand of ivory lustered beads and enjoyed just sewing beads randomly to the mesh. To sew my beads I selected 100% silk thread.
At one point I stopped to see where I needed extra beads and that’s when I decided to add a pendant too. The mesh can take the weight!
Mesh is something I am really happy to have experimented with! The more I work with it the more ideas I have. Time permitting, I could have sewed beads to every square inch of the mesh. But for now, I am happy with the necklace as is.
Turquoise Fire Polished Czech Beads
Ivory Lustered Beads
Dazzle-It Ivory Silk Bead Thread (size FF)
(Bird Pendant – From Carmi’s stash)
Check out these other great ideas and Inspirations using Nylon Mesh !
Use the Nylon mesh to create interesting shapes and forms, here seed beads have been put into the tubing and then firepolish beads are stitched on the outside to create the folds – Designer Adela Kodonova
Below a brooch has been created , with pearls and seed beads inside the tubing. This would also be a fun idea for a headband. Designer – Adela Kodonova
Below another beautiful brooch design, mixing stringing wire and adding flatbacks to the outside of the mesh and a beautiful SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS Rivoli button in the center. Designer – Thanh Tran
Here is a second variation using nylon mesh tubing from John Bead.
Yesterday I filled a nylon mesh tube with beads and used it as a simple necklace to showcase a big focal bead. Today, I am showing you how easy it is to both fill and then use beads as spacers on the outside of the tube to create another finished look.
Keep in mind that I only have light aqua to work with….but you know I am going back for a few more colours now…..so you need to imagine this idea with your own favorite colour palette.
A tip I can share is that you need to cut a tube that is 3-4 inches longer than you will actually need. This way as you fill the tube or pass beads over it, you’ll be able to cut the frayed edge as often as you like.
I love this silver spiral bead. I only have four left so I was happy to find another special project for them. The bead holes are just big enough to pass the wire mesh through.
I think you can see how I created this necklace. 13 beads went into the mesh and then one pretty bead went on the outside. 13 more inside and on you go. This type of beading would be a great introduction for someone wanting to learn how to make their own jewelry. You can make something very pretty very quickly!
Check out all the mesh colour choices online here.
It is so wonderful to be back blogging for John Bead! Happy New Year!
In December I popped in for one last meeting to plan our January posts. Look at how many new products and samples I came home with!
If you ever get a chance to shop at the John Bead Warehouse in person you’ll end up meandering down rows and rows. I day-dream and get side tracked by so many possibilities. There are 60,000 items to choose from! On one such walk I came across all the nylon wire mesh boxes. There are 17 luscious colours to pick from. I picked up a pack and then put it back. What would I do with the mesh? I had no idea…all I knew was that I wanted it. Finally, Lilla from John Bead asked me to work with it so I had a very good reason to select my favorite colour: Light Aqua!
It is super easy to work with! I decided to make my first sample by filling the mesh with inexpensive (plastic) beads. I needed to close one end to start so I used a silver clamp.
Then I dropped in my beads.
A beaded necklace in seconds!
I hand sew these large felted beads so having a thicker necklace to showcase them on it just fantastic. I can colour coordinate my projects now!
Nylon Mesh tubing is a unique jewelry component. I have lots of experiments planned for it! Check out all your colour options at John Bead!