Colorful Chunky Bubblegum Bead Yard Art

I was having fun creating colorful chunky bubblegum bead yard art. I started with a few flea market finds: some old vases and platters. Since my project was going to be a bird bath, I wanted to use a shallow bowl or deep platter. You can also add ceramic figurines for decorations.

Chunky Bubblegum Bead Yard Art

Supplies:

Liquid Nails Clear Silicone Adhesive (I am not sure where to find this but I have heard Walmart and Tractor Supply carry it)

old vases (narrow neck works best if you plan to put it on a pole)

shallow bowl or platter

clear colored beads- 20mm-22mm and some 12mm to decorate the bottom of the platter

wire

wire cutters

Here is the link to the video instructions:

To mount this on a pole, I plant the pole in the ground at the desired location. Then I wrap the top of the pole with 1 layer of bubble wrap, tape it and add my silicone adhesive. I place the vase over the pole and let it dry. This method has proved stable for the bird bath. When purchasing a pole, I usually by metal conduit from the electrical supplies aisle at the home improvement store. Make sure it will fit inside your vase. The conduit comes in varying diameters.

I put it in the flower bead and added water. The birds love the brightly colored beads. Have fun decorating your yard with colorful chunky bubblegum bead yard art

 

Poplollies Deluxe Necklace Design Gumball Bead Boards

Poplollies Deluxe Necklace Design Gumball Bead Boards

We finally finished! Our necklace design trays are made in the USA (supporting American workers and their families) of durable wood! Design boards can be painted or stained… decorate them any way you want.

Features:

deep channel

deep holes

pendant area

trays for findings and spacer beads

can be painted, stained or decorated

Beads stay where they are placed when you need to move the board to another work area or if your child or pet bumps the board.

Pink Paint (available here )

Poplollies Deluxe Necklace Design Gumball Bead Boards

There are 30 holes for beads, 1 pendant area and 3 wells for findings and spacers

Poplollies Deluxe Necklace Design Gumball Bead Boards

Place beads, arrange, rearrange until you have the perfect necklaceboard1

String your beads

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Thank you for viewing our quick overview of Poplollies Deluxe Necklace Design Gumball Bead Boards. These make wonderful gifts for your favorite bead addict (or treat yourself!)

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Women’s Costume Jewelry from Chunky Bubblegum Beads

Women’s Costume Jewelry from Chunky Bubblegum Beads

Gumball beads are not just for children… some artistic designers are making fabulous jewelry for women. This blog is a photo collage of ladies jewelry made from acrylic beads and, some great ideas for making gifts for all your BFF’s

From “The Peacock’s Tail Plus Boutique” we found a “fight cancer” necklace, a colorful chunky necklace and an elegant patriotic necklace.

 

Women's Costume Jewelry from Chunky Bubblegum Beads

This necklace was made using varying sizes of beads. The matte pink contrast with the 12mm shiny rhinestone beads to create a unique visual effect. This necklace tapers in the back with small beads.

 

Women's Costume Jewelry from Chunky Bubblegum Beads
Colorful “Atlas” necklace

I love the use of the 14mm black rhinestone beads alternating between the larger beads. O”nce again the beads taper from large beads in the center of the necklace (24mm pearl) to small beads in the back for maximum comfort!

Women's Costume Jewelry from Chunky Bubblegum BeadsThis royal, silver and red necklace is an elegant addition to any lady’s collection. This is a fashionable twist on classic patriotic colors.

From Ali Bead Creations

Elegant strands of 10mm pearls double twisted and accented with a flower. These necklaces can be made to match any outfit and are sure to gather many compliments.

Variations….elegant peacock blue, black and silver with a stunning flower

Black and white: a classic touch

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This Christmas color necklace made from 10mm pearl beads is one of my favorites- it is so versatile!

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Another fun idea is to make long necklaces with a variety of sizes with the beads. They can then be worn down, or twisted for a “choker” effect.

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note, all photos were used with permission by the owners and designers.

I hope you enjoyed these inspirational examples of women’s costume jewelry from chunky bubblegum beads. Have fun creating your own designs! Feel to share them on our FB page!

Women’s Costume Jewelry from Chunky Bubblegum Beads

Bubblegum Beads to Match Matilda Jane Once Upon a Time

Bubblegum Beads to Match Matilda Jane Once Upon a Time Fall 2016 Release

I am not associated with Matilda Jane, but I do love their clothing. For all of you who would like to make some necklaces to match your daughter’s, grand-daughter’s and friend’s outfits, this is a guide to matching the beads to their just released Fall 2016 collection, Once Upon a Time.

Here are a few of the Matilda Jane outfits from the fabulous “Once Upon a Time” line and a list of the bubblegum beads that match. Many of the colors coordinate so these beads can be used with other outfits in the collection.

Bubblegum Beads to Match Matilda Jane Once Upon a Time
Chrysalis Dress

These vibrant outfits are made of fabric with  rich fall colors- Golds, burgundy, maroon, teals, oranges rose and creams.

Best matches:

Solids: Gold, Orange, Rose, Boysenberry, Maroon, Teal, Coral

Pearls: Burgundy, Mauve, Seafoam (not shown) Matte Coral, Hot Pink, Cream

Berry: Teal, Cream

Polka: Gold, Rose

Crackle: Gold

Facet: Olive

Bubblegum Beads to Match Matilda Jane Once Upon a Time
Magical Moment Flutter Sleeve

Bubblegum Beads to Match Matilda Jane Once Upon a Time

 

Any of the cream beads will coordinate with this line as well. Thank you for viewing our post: Bubblegum Beads to Match Matilda Jane Once Upon a Time

Chunky Gumball Necklaces Made to Match Mustard Pie Emerald Dance

Here is a quick  bead guide for chunky gumball necklaces made to match Mustard Pie Emerald Dance Fall 2016 line.

 

When I first saw the new Mustard Pie Emerald Dance Fall 2016 boutique clothing line, I completely fell in love with the colors!! The rich purple and dramatic greens create a burst of color during the fall days. As the colors in this line are a bit unusual, I created this quick guide to help match beads for those must-have coordinating necklaces.

Chunky Gumball Necklaces Made to Match Mustard Pie Emerald Dance
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Beads that match:

Pearls: Navy, Olive (available in 16mm, 20mm and 24mm) Silver Matte, Seafoam, Cream (available in 12mm,16mm,20mm,24mm)

Berries: Purple, Cream

Oval: purple

Crackle: Lavender

Solids: Pale Pink

Stardust: Lime

Chevron: lime chevron

Any of the cream beads that we carry will match.

I could not match the brown in this fabric. The closest was a cocoa pearl and it was really too dark.

 

For all of you who make necklaces for boutiques and need to match the colors, I hope this quick bead color guide will help for all your chunky gumball necklaces made to match Mustard Pie Emerald Dance Fall 2016 line.

Crafting Acrylic Gumball Bead Key Chain Fobs

Crafting Acrylic Gumball Bead Key Chain Fobs

Here is a quick video on crafting acrylic gumball bead key chain fobs. Supplies needed include: 4-6 chunky beads, spacer beads, wire guards, wire, crimp tubes, pliers, 6mm split rings

The basic idea is to use 2 strands of wire to create a fob that can withstand all the use that keys have. We also use wire guards to help prevent fraying at both ends of the fob.

This method takes practice to master but the finished product is quite sturdy.

 

The variations are endless… school colors, princess theme, monograms, cancer support….

get creative with the pendant… you can use custom bottle caps or pendant trays, small resins, polymer clay figures…

Crafting Acrylic Gumball Bead Key Chain Fobs
Finished Fob

Bubblegum Beads to Match Giggle Moon True Vine

 

Chunky Bubblegum Beads to Match Giggle Moon True Vine Outfits

My daughter LOVES the “True Vine collection from Giggle Moon….because it is PURPLE!! Purple and lavender beads can be tough to match, so here is a quick match guide!

Bubblegum Beads to Match Giggle Moon True Vine

 

Giggle Moon “True Vine” + Made to match necklace = Cuteness OVERLOAD!!

 

Solids: Light Lavender

Pearls: Matte White,  Light Olive  Purple Pearl

Etched Pearl: Purple

Facet: Olive

Stardust: Lime

Stripe: Lavender

Berry: Lavender

Crinkle: Cream crinkle,  Purple crinkle

Abacus: Lime

Crackle: lavender 

Disco: white 

Oval: Purple 

Facet Pearl:  Purple 

A lavender Giggle Moon “True Vine” necklace and matching outfit is perfect for Easter festivities and other spring functions.

 

Gumball Necklaces Made to Match Matilda Jane Happy and Free

Gumball Necklaces Made to Match Matilda Jane Happy and Free for Spring release.

 

I am not associated with Matilda Jane, but I do love their clothing. For all of you who would like to make some necklaces to match your daughter’s, grand-daughter’s and friend’s outfits, this is a guide to matching the beads to their just released Spring 2016 collection, Happy and Free.

 

Here are a few of the Matilda Jane outfits from the fabulous “Happy and Free” line and a list of the bubblegum beads that match. Many of the colors coordinate so these beads can be used with other outfits in the collection.

 

Matilda Jane Happy and Free

Gummi fruits dress, Floral Sorbet Shabby Top, Lavender Lollipop Tunic, Candy Button Shorties,

peach solid, coral matte, salmon pearl

turquoise pearl, mint crinkle, mint pearl,

rose pearl, hot pink crinkle ,

lime stardust, lime pearl, lime egg,

yellow solid, yellow stripe, yellow crackle,

ocean blue pearl,

pink crinkle, pink berry, pink crackle, pink cube (these are all the right shade of pink and that was hard to find)

Matilda Jane Happy and Free spring

Periwinkle blue solid is an exact match for the blue fabric in the line

and mint stripe matches the trims and some of the dots.


 

Enjoy your gumball necklaces made to match Matilda Jane Happy and Free spring release… Such a darling line of clothing!

 

Chunky Bubblegum Bead Craft Wire Basket

Chunky Bubblegum Bead Craft Wire Basket

 

I was at my local lobby of hobby stores….and I found a wire basket on clearance. Wire baskets always interest me because there are so many ways to decorate them and, I needed something for my daughter’s stuffed animal collection. (At least, I hoped maybe she would put 5-7 of the animals in the basket so that she only had 193 left in her bed LOL )

This one was painted white with some peeling areas for a distressed look. I chose not to spray paint it. It has several large wires in between the smaller wires on the sides. I knew that I would not put beads on the big wires- I have some large hole beads that would fit, but I did not have the strength to cut the wire.

Next, (once again), I raided my hubby’s tool chest for a heavy duty wire cutter. I armed myself with the wire cutter, some beads (a whole bunch of scratch n dent beads) and a tube of E6000 glue.

Chunky Bubblegum Bead Craft Wire Basket

I started snipping the vertical wires near the top and right under the center circular piece. I then threaded 2-3 beads on every other vertical piece. You can put them on each piece of wire, :  choose how dense or sparse you want the beads. I put a bit of E6000 on the wires and glued the beads in place so that they would not all slide to the bottom. Then, over each slice, I put a drop of glue and slid the bead to hide the cut. This is trickier than I thought. Use a bead with a large hole to cover the cut and it will be easier.

Chunky Bubblegum Bead Craft Wire Basket
Chunky Bubblegum Bead Craft Wire Basket

My hands would get tired from the snipping, so I would do 3-4 wires each day. Yes, this sat on my craft table for quite a while.  I kept adding different colors and textures as I asked my daughter which beads she wanted. A few of the beads had holes that were too small. I used a bead reamer and it quickly widened the holes enough to slide on the wire. The best beads to fit the wire on this basket were: Glitter beads (on sale) , cube beads, sale white solid beads, clear facet beads, 24mm polka dot beads, flower beads, disco beads, mirror facet beads, stripe beads, and crackle beads.

Bead Reamers
Bead Reamers

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I used all sizes of beads on my chunky bubblegum bead craft wire basket. I kept it laying on its side until as the glue dried so that the beads would not move.

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Now it is finished….I put the stuffed animals in the basket and my daughter promptly put them back in her bed….I may use it for books, toys…or !! an Easter basket!! (although it is a bit big)

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Just need to add some big bows on the handles and she will have the most unique Easter basket ever!!

 

 

 

 

 

Chunky Gumball Bead Candle Holders Home Decor

Chunky Gumball Bead Candle Holders Home Decor

The other day, I purchased some remote control flameless flickering wick candles at a craft show…. they looked a little plain, so I decided to add some spice to my new candles by making some removable rings to decorate them.

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My candles measured 24cm or 10.75 inches around (I think this is a standard size because most of my fake candles have this measurement)

Supplies per layer of beads:

14  20mm beads

20″ wire per layer of beads

2 wire guards

2 crimp tubes

spacer beads

Step 1: String the wire through 1 crimp tube, 1 spacer bead and a wire guard.

Step 2: take the wire over the wire guard and back through the spacer bead and crimp tube.004

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Step 3: Pull tight. I crimped the crimp tube and the ends of the wire guard.

Step 4. Add first bead. At this point I added a drop of E6000 on the crimp tube and pulled the first bead over the crimped tube and let it dry. This only works if your first bead has a slightly larger hole.

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Step 5. String the beads in any order that you want. I used 4mm spacer beads between my big beads.

Step 6. Make sure that the string or beads fits your candle. Once you are done, string 1 crimp tube, 1 spacer bead and a wire guard onto the end of your wire. Interlock the wire guards and then run your wire through the other side of the wire guard, back through the spacer bead and through the crimp tube.

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Step 7: Pull tight and crimp the crimp tube and wire guards ends.007

Step 8: Place this around your candle. Continue adding rings to suit your decor.  These rings are removable unless you wish to attach them to your candle. I made several sets and like to rotate them throughout the year depending on the season.

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Voila!! you have your very own customized chunky gumball bead candle holders home decor

 

This may be a good project for stretchy cord…anyone want to try that?