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Design on a Dime: Multi-strand Silver Tube Necklace

Design on a Dime: Multi-strand Silver Tube Necklace

Erin Strother
erins 1 year ago

I’ve been thinking all day about what to write for this month’s blog post, and so far, I have nothing.

One of my friends posted on Facebook this morning about driving to work and seeing some guy in the car ahead of her stop at a traffic light, open his car door and throw up all over the street. (She lives in Las Vegas, so there’s not much to explain there.) So I suppose I could write something about having a great adventure while driving to Michaels to buy the beads to make this necklace, blah blah.


My trip to Michaels, however, was completely uneventful, other than seeing a white SUV with a flat tire, and that’s hardly worth blogging about.

Although while driving the other day, (not to Michaels though), I saw this giant Pacific Islander guy with a Mohawk walking out of Burger King carrying a tree branch about 10 feet tall. Just like it was a totally normal thing to do. I wondered if he had ordered the branch at Burger King, like maybe it was a new test menu item or something. Because lately there have been a few “menu items” that make a tree branch sound pretty appetizing.

I mean, have you seen the new “Whopperito?” It’s basically a hamburger wrapped in a burrito. (I am not making this up.) I think it was invented by someone with food dyslexia, (I’m sure that’s a thing) and it just seems wrong to me. While I have no problem with either hamburgers or burritos on their own, I really don’t think they play well together. Like, what’s next, a spaghetti burger? French fry shakes?

Oh, and I forgot to mention, the Whopperito is covered with something they call “creamy queso,” which basically looks like the equivalent of uber-gloppy cheese whiz. MMMMMMM.*

Which reminds me, while trying to think of a good blog subject in the shower this morning, I accidentally composed the lyrics for a song about cheese whiz, which was completely unintentional and had absolutely nothing to do with the Whopperito. I’m convinced my shower is the most powerful creative vortex on the entire planet. And yes, I know Sedona claims they have the best vortexes, but I’ve been to Sedona and I think maybe one hitched a ride back with me and got stuck in my shower somehow. It’s the only explanation. Seriously, I’ve found some amazing ideas floating around in there. Except not today. The cheese whiz song was the only thing the shower vortex gave up. It’s not a total loss, though, as I am totally planning to incorporate it into the novel I’m currently writing. (I KNOW! You’re all dying to read it now, aren’t you?)

So anyway, having now squandered 460 words about pretty much nothing, I guess I should talk a bit about this necklace.


I’ve seen this silver tube necklace style around a ton lately, and I think it’s pretty cool-looking, PLUS, this week all Bead Gallery beads were 50% off (WOOHOO!) so I was able to buy four different strands of large-hole, silver beads, plus a package of silver tubes for only $14.00. I strung them onto 4 strands of 1.5mm black leather cord, added cord ends and a clasp (another couple of bucks), and there were still mucho beads left over, so you could add even more strands if you wanted, or make a wrap bracelet and some cool earrings for almost no extra cost. And after you’re done, you’ll probably still have enough $$ leftover to buy a super-yummy* Whopperito OR some cheese whiz. Or maybe even a tree branch. Your choice.


Erin Strother

About Erin Strother

Erin Strother is a full-time graphic designer with an obsession for jewelry design living in southern California with her long-suffering husband George and their disobedient dog Swiffer. She has won 6 Pulitzer prizes, an Academy Award for “Best Virtual Sound Editing,” $4 in the California State Lottery, and other prizes too numerous to mention. She is currently working on her first novel, “The Summoning Circle.” (Really!) See more of her work at http://www.studioEgraphics.com and http://www.etsy.com/shop/StudioEgallery.