Zipper Pulls from Bead Stash

by Kathy Zee.
(Fiddletown, CA)

Zipper Pulls from Bead Stash by Kathy Zee  - featured on Jewelry Making Journal

Orange agate beads and faux turquoise beaded zipper pull

All of us have tons of beads just stashed away in boxes, bags etc.

Zipper Pulls from Bead Stash by Kathy Zee  - featured on Jewelry Making Journal

Green glass with moon face zipper pull

I had a request to make a zipper pull for a customer so I thought i would make more than one.

Zipper Pulls from Bead Stash by Kathy Zee  - featured on Jewelry Making Journal

Lampwork glass bead with charm “My dog flies with angels”

I ended up making quite a few but here are some of my favorites.

Zipper Pulls from Bead Stash by Kathy Zee  - featured on Jewelry Making Journal

Glass beads with a piece of left over chain

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  • Lovely, Kathy Zee! I always love seeing variations of an idea – and I think the variety gets customers thinking about purchasing more than one. 🙂

  • Tamara Robertson says:

    I love this idea, Kathy! I’ve done small designs with a clasp like this, but always thought of them as something to attach to a key ring, purse, cord, etc. I never thought of the idea of them being zipper pulls! The bright colours are so attractive and the little accents make them fun.

  • Colleen says:

    This is such a great idea! There are so many people out there with arthritic fingers or some other problem with dexterity, this would be the answer for the hard to handle zippers.

    Thank you soooo much for sharing!

  • Hello Kathy,
    I agree with Colleen regarding the fact that these will be very helpful to those with dexterity issues. I love the simplicity and the marrying of the beads you chose.

  • Barb says:

    have been making these for years. Most want to use on a purse or belt loop on jeans. I often place a symbol on the end – peace, woman, AA or cross, star of David .

  • Kathy Zee says:

    I am so glad that you like the zipper pulls. I have sold several already and today trying to get them put on my Etsy site. I want to have quite a few for my next show in May so will be making more. I use 18G artistic wire on them. Teens are buying them for their backpacks as well as people like me, who has one on my purse zipper. It is a good way to get rid of charms and if you only have one big bead you can use it as the center one. Thank you for your responses. I appreciate your comments.

  • Judy says:

    Love these – nice work!

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