I like making pouches, wristlets, purselets, zippys or whatever else you'd like to call them and sometimes I get into a bit of a rut with just putting ribbon through the zip pull. Yes - it does look nice and yes, it helps make the pouch look finished but I'm just a little taken with beaded zip pulls at the moment. I think they've a lot of potential if you're making clutch bags or anything which needs to look a bit special, steal attention and say 'want me' . (Bags, I'm talking about - tsk! honestly! :) )
.... I'm using this as a 'stunt' bag - an illustration!
They can add a touch of glitz, glamour and sparkle. Use them to accent the colours you've used in the bag itself.All you need are a few beads of your choice, and there are sooooo many beautiful beads out there and so many ways you can combine them to make a unquie addition to your zip. You'll need a head pin or eye pin and some tools to cut and bend the head or eye pin with. (.... Oh! and a zip to decorate.:) )
... a set of pliers to cut the wire with, some round nosed pliers to curve the wire over with and something to make sure that everything is squeezed tightly shut so that it won't come adrift....
I used a head pin with an antique brass finish, but you can get them in lots of different finishes and precious metals.
Thread the beads onto the head pin ...
and trim, (using your wire cutters) the pin so that there's approximately 1 centimeter protruding beyond the beads.
Then use the round nosed pliers to curve the remaining part of the head pin around to form a loop - a bit like a tiny fish hook..
... I won't bore you with how many times I lost the seed beads trying to take this photograph.....
Hook it onto the zip pull and squeeze and flattten slightly to secure.
There, one pretty little beaded zip pull - especially to make your bags and pouches stand out from the crowd!
Hope you can have some fun with it!