|Using Beads For Buttons; Making
a Raised Shank
by Janet Rehfeldt Knitted Threads
In my first article of February 1998 “The Bead Alternative; Using Beads For Buttons”, Issue #26; , I covered how to make a metal shank and a woven shank to use with beads.
In working with the beads that I want to use on a garments in place of buttons, I found beads that a woven shank or the metal hanging type shank do not always work well. Shapes like hearts or turtles and teapots do not lend themselves to a woven shank and on occasion I want a more finished look than the metal wire shank formed into a hanging loop gives me. I came up with a shank that is similar to a raised button shank. This type of shank works well on the larger flatter beads and shapes like my favorite heart beads.
a doubled strand of heavy thread, come up through the bead
leaving a tail of about 5 to 7”. Come back around and through the bead
twice again. [figs.1 and 2]
Tie a knot around the strands that you threaded through the bead to
anchor the tails. [fig.3]
Bring the needle back up through the threads forming a tiny loop the length you want your shank. [fig.4]
the needle back up through the loops you just
wound about the shank [fig.6], go under the threads from fig. 2 and
then back down through the shank [fig.7].
With your fingers, tighten the shank by pushing slightly up toward the bead [fig.8]. Attach your bead to your garment with the tails [fig.9].
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Name Aliens are very easy to make...you will need crayons and a sheet of white paper.
Step 2: Fold your paper again and rub it with a pencil, pen or ruler that is turned on it's side. The idea is to get extra crayon onto the other side of your paper as shown in our second image.
Step 3: Open your paper and check to see if your crayon is dark enough. If it isn't, try rubbing some more or repeat step 1.
Step 4: Now trace over the light impression name so it matches the first name you wrote.
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Written by Carolyn S. Nehring, The Head Bead, Eclectic Etc., Inc. Beads & Supplies and publisher of Etcetera.