May 29, 2015

Adding Beaded Decor to Your Garden and Landscape

Gonna Be a Bright Sun Shine-y Day


I have been wanting to add some beads to my outdoor patio and garden area for a while now.  I mean - why should that area be left out?! Lord knows, there are beads almost everywhere else in the house! And by that, I am saying that there are tons of beads in my carpet.  That counts - right?


Free tutorials to make a garden wind chime and sun catchers using beads, glass gems and embossed foil hearts: Lisa Yang's Jewelry Blog

These projects gave me the perfect opportunity to use the embossed copper foil hearts I made the other day. Plus just a few glass beads from my stash. 

I came up with two different designs and created step by step instructions for all of it.

Free tutorials to make a garden wind chime and sun catchers using beads, glass gems and embossed foil hearts: Lisa Yang's Jewelry Blog


First, there's this beaded sun catcher. This is the simplest design - but I love that it uses the embossed copper foil hearts that I made with my daughter earlier in the week.  They are super easy and so much fun to make. 

Honestly - all of the good heart designs were hers. She's got more artistic talent than I do - even if she doesn't think so.

Materials to make great sun catchers or wind chimes for the garden - free tutorials

It also gave me the opportunity to use some really pretty handmade S- hook clasps I previously made. They were a little big for jewelry - but they are perfect for hanging sun catchers!

Free tutorials to make a garden wind chime and sun catchers using beads, glass gems and embossed foil hearts

I made a step by step tutorial to make the foil hearts too. It gives a good introduction to embossing foil, how to impress your design and emboss it to make it stand out.

Free tutorials to make a garden wind chime and sun catchers using beads, glass gems and embossed foil hearts: Lisa Yang's Jewelry Blog

And last but not least, is the project instructions to make the beaded wind chime.  

Free tutorials to make a garden wind chime and sun catchers using beads, glass gems and embossed foil hearts: Lisa Yang's Jewelry Blog

Obviously, it builds on the other projects, but most importantly, it will show you how to make what I call the body of the wind chime - the top bar that is made from glass gems that are often used in bead mosaics or as vase filler.

I love glass gems - I have a couple of other house projects where I use them - including some stained glass projects. Ah well - I'll get writing about to those in good time.

I hope you enjoy these projects and the possibilities it opens up to using your beads and jewelry making skills for more than making jewelry.

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1 comment :

  1. Great beaded idea! Hope these beads do not make much of a disturbing sound because that is the thing I hate most about wind chimes. Nonetheless, those copper heart chunks are chic and classy.

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