Heres the ‘how to’ on spangling antique bobbins, or any type of bobbins for that matter. You will need…
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Some flat sided cutters and needle nose pliers, the type used for jewellery making…
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Some bendable copper wire, again used in jewellery making and easy to find in any craft store. And finally beads…
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I had bought these glass beads especially as I thought the antique bobbins deserved a little something special. Firstly cut a length of wire, I used my scissors as a rough guide, making sure you have enough excess wire for securing.
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Next, thread a centre bead down the wire and fold, making sure the bead sits in the centre of the length of wire.

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Thread another bead of your choice through both ends of the wire, this will secure the centre bead, then separate the wire.
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Next thread on some beads on either side of the wire. I usually do mine symmetrical but its really down to your preference.
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The beads are then ready to thread onto the end of the bobbin. Thread the wire through and secure by twisting the wire together.
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Keep twisting until wire is good and secure.
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Using the flat sided cutters, trim off the excess wire where the twist ends.
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Then, using the needle nose pliers, flatten out the sharp ends of the wire.
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The twist of wire can now be coiled up and either threaded into the bobbin hole or tucked just inside to avoid snagging. Note, this is quite a tricky process, but as long as the ends are hidden you should be safe from snagging.
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And now you’ve spangled your first bobbin.
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I hope this is of some use to you. Please let me know if you’ve tried this as I know bobbin lace is not as widely practised as it once was and I would love to hear that this tutorial has been of some use.