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
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!