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! I'd heartily appreciate it if you would vote for me in the Metal contest. ^^
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
- paper and pencil for sketching
Step 2: Key's blade: part 1
See above for the step-by-step instructions/pictures for forming the key's blade (the part that slides into a lock for unlocking locks like a lock unlocker) (boy, that was fun).
Step 4: Key's blade: part 3 (optional)
Use thinner wire to attach a small bead (preferably a color that matches the color of your central bead later) between two loops.
Step 5: Weaving the bottom half of the key
Make a small teardrop loop about one foot away from the end of the wire. Then grab thinner wire attach one end right above the loop.
See the next pictures for a step-by-step guide of what to do next.
Step 6: Beginning the top half
Curve one of the wire pieces so that it fits around the bead. The other piece remains straight for stringing the bead onto it.
After putting on the bead, make a loop on top of the bead with the wire coming out of its hole. Then curve both wires down the front of the bead.