I know we’ve all had a bad day at work, so here’s a little quickie to ward off those bad days. I made these a few years ago, for my co-workers and to sell at a local craft fair. Next thing you know, I started getting bulk orders for custom colors and quantities. Once you get the hang of it, they go together quickly.
I found the ideal clamps in two sizes, large and regular as well as two finishes, silver and gold, at the Office Supply store. Then took one of each size to the craft store to figure out what size head bead would look proportionate. Measurement for the large size is listed first, the smaller size ones (in parenthesis)
For each Angel you will need:
Ideal Clamps Large (regular) body of Angel
12mm Pearl bead (8mm) head of Angel
10mm Jump ring (6mm) for the halo
1/4″ ribbon, various colors
Small silk flowers
hot glue gun or quick dry glue
Charms, miniature tokens, embellishments
I purchased both pearl beads and wooden beads for the heads. It seemed to me that the pearl and silver ones looked “city”, and the wooden heads more “country”. Make sure the jump rings are a size smaller than the head bead, you wouldn’t want her halo falling off, or slipping down.
I started by cutting several lengths of ribbon into 12″ pieces. Next, separating the flowers and leafs from the stems. I set up bowls of each item and worked on these assembly line style. Start by threading a head bead onto the ribbon. Leave a hanging loop 1-1/2″ long, and go back through the bead again. Tie the ribbon around the middle of the clamp and cut ends on a diagonal. Slip the jump ring for the halo, over the hanging loop. A little dab of glue will hold it, but I kinda like it to move around a little bit.
Now all that’s left is to embellish her “dress”. I put a leaf as a base, then add some tiny flowers. You can add them with the hot glue gun, or quick drying glue. If I’m feeling extra fancy, I add a charm. You can do them in pinks and blues, they were quite popular for baby’s first Christmas Ornaments. Sports team colors, School colors, holiday flowers and my favorite purple and white!! Be sure to embellish both sides of the dress, she’ll spin when hanging.
I hope these bring you joy, and end all those pesky bad days at work. A quick and easy craft, that is pretty and thoughtful.