Sometimes I'm searching for an exact color of seed bead which can be hard to order online. I've had a hard time ordering what I call "cream" or "off white" from Fire Mountain Gems. They all come in looking pink-ish to me.
So I went down to Findings in Ann Arbor to get some exact color-matches. That store is like crack for me. Rows and rows of seed beads, and that is pretty much the only thing I get there. However, the woman ringing me up asked if I was aware of two new types of beads to hit their store. The first one was a double-hole small bead, which I'm not that interested in, and then there were these cute little glass spikes.
They reminded me of the days of the Flint Local, punk rock prom and when I used to put spikes on more formal-looking things (I have a spike dress-choker that I made). Having no clue what i was going to do with them, I purchased some of these copper-y ones and black ones. I just wanted simple, spikes.
My initial thought was to make two tiny bangles and have the spikes "floating" between the two of them. Much like this style bangle. I didn't want the spikes to twist around though. So I made this solid bangle and stitched them on top. It seemed kind-of boring to me, but since it's been finished, I love to wear it! This is a smaller bangle and is $75.00.
Look out for some other spike ideas too!