Wednesday, January 28, 2009


What do you do with your leftover lampwork beads? I donate a lot of my extra beads to Beads of Courage. No matter what, though, I still seem to have a lot of left over beads that I don't know how to use. These beads, although not always perfect, are beads that I might not use in jewelry, but these beads are beads that could be used in other types of projects.

This is a tutorial that teaches you how to make an easy bookthong (aka bookmark), but bookthong sounds a little bit naughty. You don't need much to make this bookthong.

two lampwork beads
18" of a cord that will fit through the holes on the beads
a pair of scissors
a ruler
fray check
About 10 minutes

1) Tie a knot at one end of the cord. Slide a lampwork bead up to that knot. Tie another knot on the other side of the lampwork bead.

Make sure you've treated the raw end of the cord by using Fray Check or, as I did because I have nylon cord, I burned the end to prevent fraying.

I just do a quick check to see if I need to cut my cord down or not. Usually, I use about 12" in the book itself.

I measure and cut about 15" from the bead to the end of the cord. I use the extra so that I have enough room to tie the knots.

Tie another knot about 2-3 inches in from the other end of the cord and tie another knot on the
other side of the lampwork bead.

Cut the end of the cord and treat with Fray Check.

Your book thong is finished!

Talk about easy, and you are using those beads you might not otherwise use.


Louise said...

Hmmm I need to make one of these for dh, he's always bending pages down. Do you think if I told him it was 'thong' he'd use it? ;oD

Deb said...

Very cool tutorial Ms M!
What a great idea :o)

Louise - I'd be afraid that if you told dh it was a thong he might want YOU to model it .....;o)

Sue Choppers-Wife / said...

sounds naughty but looks pretty (is that how guys think? nah) :D