If you have been following along with my instagram account, you probably already know that I have been teaching myself to crochet. Which is pretty wild since I have had little to no desire to ever learn how to crochet until just recently. When you begin, you really need a way to keep track of how many stitches (or knots) you have made at any given step, so you use something call stitch markers. Commercial stitch markers are basically plastic safety pins. Perfectly usable, but boring. So I wanted to make some that were pretty and functional!
We have a small plastic bin that is filled with random jewelry making supplies. Just stuff that has collected over the years. The kids are allowed to dig in there and makes cool stuff. Or weird stuff, whichever they like. I fished around in there and found some companionless earrings and other broken jewelry that I thought would work nicely as stitch markers. Something that would stand out next to my yarn project and something that I thought was pretty.
All you need for this project is:
Jump rings (small metal circles that are unconnected)
Lobster clasps (mind are medium sized)
Charms (which are my jewelry bits)
Jewelry Pliers (though we also used my Leatherman (multi tool)
The first thing I did was liberate the jewelry from their original settings. So I took them off the earrings or parted them from the jewelry that they were attached to. In general, once you play with the jump rings a lot, they can get weak and will be prone to breaking in the future, so just reuse with caution. The higher quality stuff will last longer and through multiple uses.
Overall, I am very pleased with this up cycle! I have been using the markers with all my projects and this was a fast and cheap way to make something useful!