When I look at something, I always imagine how it would look like with paper beads. Certainly, it will be more interesting and eye cathing, it would spark someone’s interest that’s for sure. I found this key fob at etsy (www.gingersnappz.etsy.com), it is pretty as it is but I think you can take it up a notch with paper beads. Here are two examples of finished key fobs and steps on how to.
A different look using the one inch tube paper beads. The tube paper beads is easy and simple enough to do. You can also find them at www.aubreysbeads.com.
- Key Fob
- monofilament string (48 inches)
- long needle
- 28 gauge wire
- 37 pcs. or more paper beads
Step 1 – Cut about 3 yards of 28 gauge wire, being careful not to kink the wire as it will be quite a challeng to unkink the wire. Tip: you could use a shorter wire in the beginning (it will be easier to work with a shorter wire) and just connect another wire to continue. Put the ends of the wire in the first bead, pull and try to center the bead in the middle of the wire.
You continue adding the paper bead in the same manner. This is a simple stitch called the ladder stitch.
Then, you add the third paper bead, and you continue until you have a motif long enough to cover the key fob.
It will take about 37 paper bead tubes for this particular key fob. So now you have here a motif long enough to cover the key fob.
If you prefer to use a shorter wire and you need to add wire to continue – you will add the new wire in the first bead that you started with:
Step 2 – The illustration will show you how to finish the ends of the wire to get your motif ready to be sewn into the key fob.
This was done by holding the two wires in your forefinger and thumb and twisting them. You will then lay it flat on the motif which will be your wrong side. Take one side of the wire and wind it twice around the side wire on the second bead.
Then, you will put the wire through the hole of the second bead to hide the wire.
You will do the same thing to the other wire on the opposite side and cut it with a flush cutter or scissors.
Now, here is the finished motif. Looks like a bracelet doesn’t it? You can actually make a bracelet the same way, maybe using a slightly heavier gauge wire.
Step 3 – You will be sewing the motif down to the key fob. First take about 32 inches of monofilament string and thread it to a needle (I find needles used for doll making easier to use for this project). Make 3 knots ( you want the knot to be big enough so that it doesn’t go through the material, and insert the needle from under the material or key fob.
Pick up the motif and start sewing it down to the key fob by bringing the needle up and down, making sure you catch the wire on the motif each time.
Step 4 – You will end the needle and thread in the opposite spot where you started, underside the key fob so it is not visible.
They key fob is great for office keys, rest room keys, and would make a great present for anyone. Have fun making those paper beads and always be on the look out for great “paper bead it” projects.