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"Over the years I have made several of these. Speaking from personal experience, I can tell you that these boxes -when used in the pictured position- are not strong enough on their own to hold very many books or magazines for very long. Eventually they will sag and become an eyesore. Preventing the eyesore from happening is simple - turn the boxes on their side once they are completed, and Voila! They are an EXCELLENT way to wrangle in all that clutter and chaos we often find throughout our home and office. There is also another way to make them strong and that is to REINFORCE THEM. Personally, I like to do this when I need to use the boxes for flimsier items like loose papers that have a tendency to curl on their edges if stored on their sides or when not packed tightly. Reinforcing the boxes means you can put a lot more weight into them even while they are laying flat like they are in the picture. I reinforce my boxes with a very thin wood that can be purchased at almost any hardware store - it is called Louon (my spelling is probably off but it is pronounced LEW-ON). It is very cost-effective and extremely easy to work with. Add to this that it is VERY VERSATILE and you have a great solution to making even very flimsy projects much more stable. I hope this helps! BTW USPS boxes are legal to use BUT ONLY if you PURCHASED them OR they are USED. IF you are thinking about using new boxes that were FREE from the USPS Priority Mail Services - then you would be breaking the law. New FREE Boxes MUST be used only for Mail. Boxes that are Purchased or Used should be OK."

Beaded Heart Zipper Pull

By: Sondra Barrington for Rings & Things

For a quick and easy Valentine's Day gift, make this lovely beaded heart zipper pull. This zipper pull from Rings & Things looks best against a solid, dark-colored background.


Beaded Heart Zipper Pull


Materials:

  • 1 30-230-3 23x8mm swivel clip, silver plate
  • 1 24-975-21 7x8mm two-sided flat spiral heart bead, sterling silver
  • 4 05-301-03-160 3mm Swarovski® crystal bicones, crystal/silver shade
  • 5 06-007-07-170 7mm Swarovski crystal small briolette (faceted teardrop) pendants, crystal/moonlight
  • 3 37-591 2.5" filigree-end head pins, sterling silver
  • 5 37-024-5 Small triangle bails, sterling silver
  • 2 37-295-440 4mm round jump rings, sterling silver

Tools:

  • flush cutters
  • bent-nose pliers
  • chain-nose pliers
  • round-nose pliers


Instructions:

  1. Add the briolettes to the triangle bails.
     
  2. Attach 3 briolettes to the three to the filigree-end loops on the head pins, as pictured. Set the other two aside.
     
  3. Add the crystal bicones and heart charm to head pins as pictured; make wrapped loops, attaching 3 to the loop on the clip before finishing the wraps. (See the techniques for making wrapped loops.)
     
  4. Use jump rings to attach the last two briolettes with bails to the clip.


TIP: Trim the triangle bails for a better fit inside the briolette crystal pendants.
 

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