Friday, 18 February 2011

Beaded Watch Tutorial

Take two identical watches. One has been fondly used for three years but the face is chipped and cracked. The second (replacement) is only about 6 weeks old, the second hand fell off and has jammed up the hour hand!! The back can not be removed to sort it out. A couple of little gems missing on both.
After much searching I found this new watch face on Ebay and it is from Sanctuary Beads. It is slightly bigger than the original watch face and is more silver looking whereas the other was a darker bronze.

So I collected the flat backed beads and sorted out the best from both. Plus some stretchy clear beading cord.
I threaded on one of the grey round beads, which is magnetic, and put it through the loop of the watch face then added another grey bead on the other side of the watch face loop.

That gave me two lengths of cord, one following the top row of holes and the other through the lower set of holes.
The cord is easily threaded through the beads holes without the need for a needle. Once the two ends met I then tied them together tightly and the knot settled into the centre back of one of the oval beads. Hidden quite nicely.
Voila!
I have been wearing it for several days and the only tricky thing was to try and get it to fit properly due to the new watch face being a different size for the number and size of the beads, but got there in the end.

What do you think?

Much cheaper than buying a new watch, recycled the beads.

xx

5 comments:

Andi's English Attic said...

Brilliant. Very pretty. xx

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Oh that is just lovely..

Tatkis said...

Great idea about renovating watches! Thanks !

Best wishes,
Tatyana

KATHY said...

I LOVE IT, THANKS FOR SHARING. I'VE BEEN WANTING TO MAKE ONE BUT DIDN'T THINK I COULD. YOU MADE IT LOOK SO EASY.

Rachael said...

Very pretty and inventive.

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