Plastic lace is a strong, brightly coloured crafting material. You can use plastic lace for many beading projects. It's a good choice for children's beadwork; it is stiff, making it easy for small fingers to thread the beads. Choose beads with large holes, such as the plastic craft beads commonly called pony beads. Small children often enjoy making simple bracelets or necklaces with plastic lace and beads, while older children can experiment with bead-weaving.
Basic Bracelets and Necklaces
To make simple bracelets or necklaces, cut a piece of plastic lace that's long enough to go around the wearer's hand or head, plus a little extra for the knot. Tie one bead at the end with an overhand knot; this is called a stop bead. Thread plastic beads until you have strung enough to fit the wearer comfortably. Untie the stop bead and tie the ends of the lace together.
You can use plastic lace to weave pony beads or other regularly sized beads into beadies, which are flat woven characters, animals or other designs. You can turn beadies into jewellery by adding a length of plastic lace for a necklace, or add a split ring to make your beadie into a key fob. You can also sew beadies onto bags or clothes. Make several beadies and hang them side by side as a decoration.
Bead Weaving with Plastic Lace
You can use plastic lace for other bead weaving projects. It's easy to make a bead loom from a piece of cardboard; just cut slots at the top and bottom for vertical lengths of plastic lace, and weave beads crosswise on another piece of lace. You'll need beads with fairly large holes, as the lace must go through them twice. Beads should also be regular in size and shape. Use different colours to make patterns.
Transparent Lace and Bead Suncatchers
You can find transparent plastic lace. Because it lets the light through, it's a good choice for making suncatchers, which are colourful decorations for your windows. By teaming see-through lace with transparent plastic beads, you can make any number of designs. Weave suncatchers on a bead loom, or string beads on individual lengths of plastic lace. Make a long string of glass and clear plastic beads in different shapes and sizes on a length of transparent lace.
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