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GARDEN FAIRY WANDS

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Like many good ideas, you start with some other idea and build on it.  That's the case here.  I saw a beaded garden stake once where the how to directions required metal saw blades and an X-acto knife.  The project called for antique door knobs and large hole glass beads, both of which I could not find anywhere.

This is my version. 

First, it is now a child friendly craft.  I got rid of the saws and sharp blades entirely.  Found beads that work.  I will tell you where to get them and will have some cost saving suggestions.  And instead of the antique door knobs, we are going to use cabinet pulls from your local home improvement center.

The credit for the name, Garden Fairy Wands, goes to my daughter.  She made the all blue one for a Water Fairy in the hopes that the water fairy will take over her summer watering duties.
 
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Step 1: SUPPLIES

WHAT YOU WILL NEED:
     8/32 threaded rod 
     8/32 nuts
     Cabinet pulls.
     Bracelet Beads


MORE INFORMATION ABOUT BRACELET BEADS:

     I found the ones that I used on Ebay.  I did a search for glass bracelet beads.  Purchased 100 glass beads for 15.00 with free shipping.   Acrylic bracelet beads are 100 for 7.00 or so.  Also free shipping.   I was happily surprised by how beautiful the acrylic beads are.  So, if you are looking to cut the cost down, acrylic is the way to go.

     There are many other different types of bracelet beads.  Some are cut like gems, some are ceramic, or oven bake clay.  Some are wire mesh or wood.  An easy way to make sure you are getting bracelet beads is by the silver liner in the bead.  Also look closely at the picture of the beads you are considering purchasing  to make sure they are strung on a silver rope type bracelet.  Another possibility is often in the description it may say, for use with European bracelets.

     One more thing.  You can find bracelet beads at Michael's, Hobby Lobby and Ben Franklin stores.  They are about 5.00 to 7.00 for about seven to ten beads in a package.  They are also at Wal-Mart for slightly less money.  This option is more expensive, but you don't have to wait ten days for shipping.  You also have more control over the color and style of the beads you want.
pokerella7 days ago

I think it would be a good idea to use thick knitting needles as they already have atop and you wouldn't have to buy top knobs.Maybe use medicine bottle caps and form painted .flowers as a topper,I found pony beads that turn color from white to several colors when put in the sun.,as you see I can't wait to make these,wish me luck and thanks sweety.

LutheranChick2 months ago

Awesome project!!! kid friendly and beautiful in a planter indoors or out!

cdawisconsin (author)  LutheranChick2 months ago

Thank you =)

These are very beautiful and enchanting. I'd really like to make them. Just one thing- if these are sitting out in the garden in the rain, are any of the metals rustable (I made up that word)? Could the nuts, rods, or metal doorknobs rust?
cdawisconsin (author)  bathsheba_everdene7 months ago
I pulled two from my garden to see what they look like. I'm in Wisconsin and they have been outside since being made for this Instructable. About a year and a half, including one full Winter. The beads have zero rust and were just dirty. Washed up perfectly. The knows on top also were rust free. However, the threaded rod has blackened and has some rust. I didn't even notice this rust or discoloration until pulling them from the dirt. Frankly, I am very pleased with how well they have withstood the weather here in Wisconsin. Summers that will see highs in the 80's and 90's and at least a week of 100's and below zero temps in the Winter.
edees1 year ago
Hi i was wondering if you could tell me the website where you found the acrylic beads. Thank you :)
cdawisconsin (author)  edees1 year ago
Hello. I got them from Ebay. I just looked now to see what they are going for today. , for the gem style ones it is 9.85 for 100 free shipping from welcome-hellofriend as the seller, china. The mixed ones I found for 6.64 for 100 from china as well, also free shipping. And there are many many other sellers. Do a search for - acrylic bracelet beads - and then go to he wholesale section. Also, I quoted the price for the Buy It Now option. The auctions are going for even less. There are also glass beads, porcelian and clay. Hope this helps.
E-6000 is a jewelry glue, so it can be used with the threaded metal rods also.
very cute. I would probably use a down rod and use E-6000 or heavy body gel acrylic medium to glue the last bead and the door knob on top.
cdawisconsin (author)  katanyablue1 year ago
I like the glue idea because my children keep unscrewing the know and playing with the beads =)
PaganRaven2 years ago
If one can't find threaded rod, then maybe you could use any small diameter rod and just place a large "bead" of hot glue in place of the nut? I am anxious to make these! <3
PaganRaven2 years ago
It's said that if you please the Faeries, whose home is the flowers & fauna, then they in turn will try to please you. Love this!
Very cute and colorful!
ChrysN2 years ago
Gorgeous! I love those beads.