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Sunday, July 25, 2010

Make Your Own Beaded Wire Purse Handles

I found this GREAT tutorial on Craftster. Very handy since I've been making some purses that are much cuter with beads to match:D I looked around for some suitable(cheap)wire, and found some at Walmart in the hardware department...check it out...100 feet of galvanized wire for less than $4. Make sure your beads will fit over it; the pony beads work great, so use beads with a similar sized hole. If you don't already have pony beads, you can buy some at Walmart for $2. I buy them at yard sales when I see them. If you have some strung bead Christmas garland, those work well,too.
So gather your things:
wire-make sure it's strong enough for your purse handles
beads that fit over the wire
vise grips
Mine are still not perfect, but I'll keep practicing!

These work great for the book purses I've been making!

These particular handles were purchased at a thrift store, but you can see how yours will look when they're done! Just follow instructions for the beaded wire handles at Craftster and save a lot of money:D

Go make something!


Amanda said...

I love this! I once paid a pretty penny for a purse with a beaded handle at a trunk show -- now I can make my own!

Hocking Hills Gardener said...

Oh, how cute! Now that is a real pocket Book. LOL!

Kari from Meadowview Farm said...

Oh, just too creative & ambitious!
Love how you ended with, "Go make something!" Think I will!

Kudzu said...

oh, thanks ya'll! i'm glad you liked it..i know it sure came in handy for me!

The Japanese Redneck said...

I think they look perfect!

"little Gurty's" Momma said...

Was wondering where you got the gold clasps, im not sure what they are exactly called, but that connect the handle to the purse. you can email me back at

great creations! happy crafting:)