What Have YOU Done With Beads Lately?

The Piedmont Stroll is happening tomorrow night, and one of our customers, Danielle Schlunegger (www.schlunegger.com), will be featuring her artwork at the fun & funky Resurrect vintage clothing store just a few doors down from Blue Door Beads. She came in a few days ago asking if we had findings that she could use to suspend her handmade moths from the ceiling of Resurrect, and after we played around a bit with some ideas, we were able to send her home with some crimp ends and jump rings that worked perfectly! (See the photos of one of her cool moths below.) As we were discussing the possible findings options, we expressed how we are always so intrigued by what types of non-jewelry-related uses people find for our beads and findings. That got us thinking: what other amazing items have people used our materials for?

Below are just a few wonderfully creative ways our customers have used our beads & components. We’ve included other photos of more super cool sculptures, handy items, and more!

One of Danielle's uber-cool moths, soon to be hung in Resurrect!

One of Danielle’s uber-cool moths, to be hung soon in Resurrect!

A close-up of the findings Danielle used on her moth.

A close-up of the findings Danielle used for her moth.

One of our crafty customers creates decorative oragami stars and orbs, and she uses our beads for the fringe! Lovely!

One of our crafty customers creates decorative oragami stars and orbs, and she uses our beads for the fringe! Lovely!

We were blown away by this customer's hand-knitted belt, complete with beaded accents and geode slices!

We were blown away by this customer’s hand-knitted belt, complete with beaded accents and geode slices!

We loved how this customer mixed beads with a funky piece of driftwood to create a very unique mobile.

We love how this customer mixed beads with a funky piece of driftwood to create a very unique mobile.

What's better than a chic pair of fingerless gloves. A BEADED pair of fingerless gloves -- obviously!

What’s better than a chic pair of fingerless gloves. A BEADED pair of fingerless gloves — obviously!

This customer created a lovely window hanging out of one of our recycled bottle pieces and sopme other beads & charms. Well done!

This customer created a lovely window hanging out of one of our recycled bottle pieces and some other beads & charms. Well done!

This customer found a new use for kumihimo bobbins: cord wranglers. Genius! Plus, at only 60 cents to 80 cents each, you can by one for literally every single one of your gadgets!

This customer found a new use for kumihimo bobbins: cord wranglers. Genius! Plus, at only 60 cents to 80 cents each, you can by one for literally every single one of your gadgets!

We can only imagine how much time it took for the artist to get each branch to look juuuust right. Photo courtesy of CassandraZ on Etsy.

We can only imagine how much time it took for the artist to get each branch to look juuuust right. Photo courtesy of CassandraZ on Etsy.

In addition to just looking cool, this beaded gourd is also a musical instrument. Photo courtesy of www.orgs.usd.edu

In addition to just looking cool, this beaded gourd is also a musical instrument. Photo courtesy of http://www.orgs.usd.edu

We can't tell if the artist applied beads to a pencil, also, or it it's made of solid beads. Either way, this sculpture is amazing! Photo courtesy of www.artfulhome.com

We can’t tell if the artist applied beads to a pencil, also, or it it’s made of solid beads. Either way, this sculpture is amazing! Photo courtesy of http://www.artfulhome.com

Beaded skull photo courtesy of www.lovemaegan.com

Beaded skull photo courtesy of http://www.lovemaegan.com

Christian Louboutin beaded stilettos. A girl can dream, right? Photo courtesy of www.lovemaegan.com

Christian Louboutin beaded stilettos. A girl can dream, right? Photo courtesy of http://www.lovemaegan.com

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