When you're feeling down, make a key.

Said no one ever.

Except for me!

When I'm sad, I have a compulsive urge to create something. This key is one of such projects, and I actually took step-by-step pictures this time.

I got a bag of beads from a jewelry workshop that I went to at a public library, and in that bag were some turquoise beads, one of which I wrapped for the key. There was little preliminary considerations and planning for this; the head of the key was mostly free-handed. The bottom part was somewhat inspired by some online searches for a spark to set off my creative juices.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy this tutorial as much as I liked making this!

Step 1: Materials

  • thick and thin wire (I used 20 and 26 gauge black-colored copper wire.)
  • teardrop bead (or at least a bead that has a hole right through the middle)
  • size 6 seed bead
  • pliers
  • paper and pencil for sketching

<p>Is there a &quot;special&quot; name for this type of wire and where could someone find it? Awesome looking.</p>
<p>It's just regular craft wire (coated copper wire) that you can find in most craft stores like Joann or Michaels or Beverlys. Online stores sell it too (like here: http://www.amazon.com/Artistic-20-GaugeTarnish-Resistant-Silver-6-Yard/dp/B000SOVVHO). The type of wire doesn't really matter as long as you have long pieces (not paper clips) so you can even use wire found in hardware stores. Good luck! </p>
<p>Thanks for the info.</p>
<p>No problem. :)</p>
<p>Love the color contrast between the wire and the stone. Very nice!</p>
<p>Thank you! That's precisely the reason why I chose that bead. ^^</p>
<p>Quite intricate :-)</p>
<p>Thank you! ^^</p>
<p>Wow... very neat work :). Loved it.</p>
<p>Thank you, Tarun! </p>
<p>Wow, it's beautiful! And, a lot smaller than I expected it to be after seeing the main image!!</p>

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