There is so much I learn each year at the convention. One major thing I learned is you have to mark your scissors!
Each class has about 20 ladies in a class and the odds are very favorable that someone has the exact same scissors as you have. You could use a colorful ribbon but there is a more creative idea..... A Scissor Fob!
Scissor Fobs serve more then one purpose. Besides being a creative outlet and marking your scissor they also help prevent your scissors from being dropped on their point.
Here are a few of my Scissor Fobs I have already created..........
Here is a close up.
I never make two Scissor Fobs exactly a like. I usually start with beads I like and just mix and match till I like the results.
I like the scissor fobs to be no longer then 3 inches otherwise it gets in the way.
When I am looking for parts for my Scissor fobs the main thing I am looking for is that there are no pointy edges to get caught on delicate fabric or caught up in my embroidery or sewing threads.
I get my beads at several different places like Hobby Lobby, Michael's and Oriental Trader. http://www.orientaltrading.com/craft-supplies-and-hobbies/beading-a1-377461-2-0.fltr
Here are the basic supplies I use. (left to right)
- Crimp tubes
- Lampwork beads
- End caps
- Glass beads
- O rings
Some more supplies
- Lobster clasp
- Crystal beads of different sizes
- Spacer beads
I use Fishing line to string the beads. This is 30lb test fishing line. It was what was in my husband's fishing gear. :-)
I cut a piece of fishing line that is about 24" long. This length gives you room to work.
- Load a spacer bead on the fishing line followed by a crimp bead.
- Thread the end of the fishing line back up into the crimp bead.
- With a pair of needle nose pliers or crimping pliers smash the crimp bead. This locks the bottom bead in place. You could also use an O ring at the bottom if you wanted to add a charm.
- Cut the fishing line tail to about 1/2". The tail will be threaded back up through the next beads.
- Load the beads up as you desire.
- Finish the bead line with a crimp bead then the lobster claw clasp. If you don't want to use a Lobster claw clasp you could also just make a 1 1/2 loop.
- Thread the fishing line back through the crimp bead.
- Pull the fishing line till the all the beads in the bead line are touching. If you pull too tight the bead line will curl.
- When the beads are pulled up, crimp(smash) the crimping bead.
- Thread the excess the fishing line through the next 2 beads and trim.