My local Hall's Ace Hardware is like an old fashioned general store. There are gifts and trinkets, a kitchenware section, a nice tool section, and a huge garden center. They also sell vintage style sodas and candies, old fashioned toys, etc. They even have a "ladies' night" in December with live music, door prizes and 20% off anything in the store. You get the idea. It's nice.
I've been visiting this store for a while now--years! Imagine my surprise when I realized today that they sell Para-cord. I think that's what it's called-- it's for making those survival bracelets? Oh, geez! They had so many colors and styles and patterns and sizes! Like, a whole section of the store was filled with cords! I took pictures! Why am I so excited?
Well, I have a penchant for pendants. I make more pendants than anything else. Some of the Para-cords looked awesome for simple ropes! Ropes to hang my pendants! And holy crow, I got 9 different (2 feet long) styles and colors for a whopping $1.80. You heard right! At my local Hall's store the Para-cord is .09/foot. They also sell by the spool, by the package, they sell mini cord which is thinner, micro cord which could be braided (Kumihimo, anyone?) and well... I just think it's neat. Take a look! I apologize in advance for the blurred photos. I was taking pics with my phone and the people in there thought I was just as crazy as a loon.
So many colors.
So many patterns!
Cool, huh?? I didn't even get the wall behind me, which held the micro Para-cord and the ropes. I chose quite a few that were kinda- sorta neutral looking, since I didn't want too much noise clashing with my bead work. Still, you could match virtually any pendant with these. People who live in my home town are very lucky. I told the man in the store to be prepared for an influx of little, blue-haired ladies because I was going to tell all my students about these cords. I know, I live under a rock... I'm sure you all knew about these cords long ago. I'm sometimes slow on the uptake. But!!! Now I know, so all my pendants will have homes.
These are the ones I chose. Some are thicker than others. How fun!
See? Some of my pendants are very happy. I'm very happy.
So there you have it! A quick and easy option for necklace cording, something I've never thought about using before today. It's an option! I don't sell my jewelry, so I don't mind using inexpensive cord to hold my baubles. I don't think I'd mind even if I did sell my jewelry! Heck, you could use the cord as display props, too!
I'm telling my ladies about this, for sure. :) Sorry-- I get all giddy when I find something neat, even if others found them oh... 4 years or so ago? That's how long the store said they've carried the cords. I never went past the wooden shelves until today. :sigh: Gotta explore your stores!
Check out your hardware stores! Check out your home centers! You may find a mini trove of goodies! Have a great day! ~Val