Thursday, March 05, 2009

Tube bead tutorial for friend

A friend requested a little tutorial of how I put together the tube beads that Wendy demonstrated, so here it is.

The acrylic tubing is available in various sizes. I used the 1/4" for these beads. Cut desired length with scissors. I use about an inch per bead.
Slip a word that you have printed or cut from a book into the tubing. I used words I printed onto cotton poplin sheets.
Put a large bead on the eye pin, then go through a rivet. I found these flower shaped rivets at Hobby Lobby in several metallic colors.Cap the tubing with the rivet. Feed smaller beads onto the eye pin inside the tubing. Cap the other end with rivet,larger bead, then twist eye pin in circle with tool and twist a couple times before cutting.

31 comments:

  1. Great tutorial, Pat. You are SO clever! Guess what, we had SNOW again today.....and I think the pussy willows hated every minute of it!

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  2. Thanks Pat. That was great. Judy is just down the road from me,25miles and we have about 4 to 5 inches of the white stuff. The foothills always gets the weather. Sharon Think I'll make beads this weekend. :-)

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  3. That's really neat, Pat! Nice tutorial and a really clever idea!

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  4. Thank you Pat, for this tutorial.

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  5. Thanks so much Pat for sharing this technique....I can't wait to try it...
    Some of the girls mentioned snow! I can't believe it but our snow is almost all gone and we are in double digits and rain! woo hoo..
    Guess I will go shopping for some supplies to make these little treasures...
    Thanks again ..
    xoxo
    ((((hugs))))
    Maggie

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  6. Thanks! I love it!
    Have a nice weekend!

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  7. These are really neat Pat. Thanks for the tutorial. Leslie in Mich

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  8. Nice tutorial...looks like I have found something to do with the plastic tubing I have stashed in my studio.....thanks for sharing.

    Hugs,
    Noel

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  9. Pat, Keep dreaming up those beautful ideas! I love your beads and thank you so much for sharing.

    Kathy

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  10. Plastic tubing, who would have guessed? Thank you for sharing.

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  11. How cool!!!CQMadhatter

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  12. What a great idea! Thanks for sharing.

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  13. Thanks for sharing this great idea. I especially like the idea of using rivets for the ends to cap the tubes.

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  14. What a marvelous idea and excellent tutorial. I cannot wait to try this.

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  15. Fabulous Pat!!! So creative : )

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  16. Acrylic tubing are great. I use it for bag's handle! And now I have another great idea. Thanks for sharing!

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  17. Great idea, very creative :) I use acrylic tube all the time in my aquarium... who would thought about beads?!? Great :D

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  18. I stumbled upon this brilliant tutorial. Really creative. Will link in a future blog post!

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  19. Love these beads and your tutorial! I'm thinking of linking it in a post about letter/words beads. Thank you!
    Alessia

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  20. Thanks so much for sharing this cool technique! I've learned a similar one, but yours it easier with the rivets for end caps! I'm inspired again! Great Blog too! :)

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  21. Anonymous11:49 AM CDT

    Where did you get the Rivets/Eyelets for this?

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  22. The eyelets were from Michael's.

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  23. This is just too cool!

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  24. What a great tutorial. This is so cute. I can't wait to give this a try. Thank you for sharing.

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  25. can you please tell me where you get the plastic tubing? I love your beads!

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  26. Love this idea! I've heard of shopping at hardware stores, but not at aquarium shops----they have tons of tubing!
    Teri
    http://sntjewelry.com

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  27. love the idea, going to try it if I can find the supplies

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  30. These beads are so clever! Thanks for sharing.

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