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    Book Thongs by Keira Soleore
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  • Published: Apr 25th, 2007

Avatar_3These aren’t skimpy covers for your books, nor is there a blush factor in owning one.

A book thong is simply jewelry for your book. It’s a beaded bookmark where the part that is inside the book is a wire or a string, hence the name, and the embellishments hang outside the book above and below the spine.

Book thongs don’t scar the spine; they don’t fall out; and they snugly hold your spot on the page where you last stopped reading. As with all jewelry, they make your books sparkle when stacked together and add beauty to your bookcase.

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The sturdy thongs are made of thin, rounded metal wires, crocheted cotton thread, waxed linen cords, leather, ribbon, hemp, or vinyl. The beads are of glass, wood, semi-precious gemstones, seeds, metal, plastic, and Swarovski crystals. Some have quotes and brightly colored designs on them, and all the accoutrements of costume jewelry that you can find in a bead store. If you use impossibly tiny glass beads, you could make the thong out of them, too. The basic idea being that the thong should be thin enough to not damage a book.

Book thongs are easy to make and are great handmade gifts to give to the readers you know. They can be included with books, as party favors, hostess gifts, souvenirsโ€ฆ The list is endless, as is the creativity that can be brought to such a simple project.

You can design your own signature in beads for the bottom portion that you can include in all pieces. You can craft flirty romance-themed pieces, serious non-fiction ones, journaling markers, and funky children’s pieces. Whether you’re a serious jewelry designer, or someone who wants to try making jewelry but is intimidated, this is a fun way to experiment with beads and cords, because you cannot go wrong here.

Bookthongsbeadmaterials_3Start with about two feet of cord and assorted beads, such as this collection on the left. The tools you require are clear nail polish and a pair of sharp pointy scissors. Bookthongsbeadfinalsm_2

Tie a firm knot at one end of the cord. Trim the excess cord with the scissors and set the knot with clear nail polish. Slide beads onto the cord and tie a knot after the last bead, setting it with the polish. Determine the length of the cord needed for the book and tie and set a knot where the bottom set of beads will start. Add the beads and tie a knot at the end. Trim off the excess and set the knot. The final result could be like this bookmark on the right.

And there you have it. The secret to Book Thongs.

Have you designed bookmarks? If so, what materials have you used? Would you be interested in creating a book thong? To whom would you give it to, and how would you present it?

14 Responses to “Book Thongs by Keira Soleore”

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  1. Marisa
    on Apr 25th, 2007
    @ 6:46 am

    Book Thongs? Jewelry for my books? What a great idea. Being a ‘crafter’, I’ve made lots of book marks out of paper, metal and even clay – but we’ve stepped into a whole new dimension. I’m definitely going to give this one a whirl. I love jewelry and now my books can also make a fashion statement.


  2. Maria Lokken
    on Apr 25th, 2007
    @ 7:12 am

    Now that I know there is such a thing as jewelry for my books, I want some!I am totally into accessories. So – Marisa, if you are reading this I’m putting my first order in. Thanks for the idea Keira.


  3. kim
    on Apr 25th, 2007
    @ 7:17 am

    That is totally cool! Sadly, I am crafty challenged but I love this idea. Now, not only are “diamonds” a girl’s best friend. They’re that girl’s books best friend also:D


  4. AndreaW
    on Apr 25th, 2007
    @ 8:28 am

    Oh Keira, this is way too cool! I’ve always wanted one, but never thought to make my own. Where do you find the beads and accesories? A craft store? I am so going to make some now…for me, my sister and a few friends. Thanks so much, Keira!! What a great idea. (((hugs)))


  5. Sheila
    on Apr 25th, 2007
    @ 8:34 am

    I absolutely love this idea. What great gifts book thongs will make. I had not seen or heard of them before.

    I can think of many ways to present them as gifts – stocking stuffers, inside a book given as a gift, party favors (esp. kids), Secret Santa gifts, etc…

    Thanks for sharing.


  6. Marisa
    on Apr 25th, 2007
    @ 10:46 am

    Hey for those of you who want to make your own book thongs you can go to JoAnns, A.C. Moore or Michael’s to get all the beads, wire and embellishments you would need. These stores always offer 40 or 50% off coupons in the newspaper – so look for them. We should start a revolution – all RNTV viewers should go everywhere with thier books and book thongs!


  7. AndreaW
    on Apr 25th, 2007
    @ 1:34 pm

    Thanks Marisa, that’s exactly what I was wondering. I have a Michael’s nearby and wasn’t sure if it is everywhere or just the southeast. I will be heading there soon! ๐Ÿ™‚


  8. KeiraSoleore
    on Apr 25th, 2007
    @ 3:08 pm

    Thank you everyone for your kind comments to the post.

    Andrea: Michael’s is a crazy-fun place. So many choices, so much cool stuff. I always leave laden with plastic bags full of stuff. It’s my candy store.

    Marisa: Your thong could be a conversation starter. Given how much you and Maria travel, if you get on a plane with a couple books with differently designed thongs, the tedium of the plane ride would be alleviated.

    Ashefrog: Stocking stuffers! Of course. Thanks for the tip.

    Kim: Loved that comment about diamonds being a girl’s book’s best friend.

    Maria: Books as a fashion statement!! Impressive. They’re used in interior decorating, but no one has ever used them for personal adornment. Perhaps we’ll start seeing books in fashion shows, and on Bravo TV’s “Project Runway”? ๐Ÿ™‚


  9. Janga
    on Apr 25th, 2007
    @ 11:01 pm

    Keira, what a wonderful idea! I’m already thinking about what fun thongs I could make for the grands’ Christmas books.

    And I never even heard of book thongs. Am I culturally deprived? ๐Ÿ™‚


  10. Keira Soleore
    on Apr 25th, 2007
    @ 11:51 pm

    Janga, great to read your comment here. The book thongs are a relatively new find for me, too, so we’re in the same cultural boat. ๐Ÿ™‚ The people I’ve made them for like them so much that I thought all the readers here would enjoy finding out about them.


  11. elsiehogarth
    on Apr 26th, 2007
    @ 9:35 am

    Book thongs rule. I have been making them for the last 3 years. I give them to friends and authors that I meet. I have even made my books thongs to match the covers of my favorite books.

    The first time I saw book thongs was at a bookstore and thought that they were too skimpy, so I went to A.C. Moore & Michael’s and started looking for beads and charms. Now, I have boxes upon boxes of beads.

    My favorite beads are the glass, some stone and I love the Swarovski crystals. For charms, I will look at bracelets, in the craft stores, and see if I like them and can possibly use them. I also go to New York for a bit more exotic and one of kind beads.


  12. KeiraSoleore
    on Apr 26th, 2007
    @ 10:58 pm

    WOW, Elsie! You’re absolutely the resident expert here! What a great idea to give your favorite authors a little keepsake reminder of your meeting.


  13. Marie Pezzuto F
    on Apr 28th, 2007
    @ 8:01 pm

    Hi Keira!
    I had no idea you were so talented! Book thongs….what a sexy idea! It will be fun to do and I thank you for the precise instructions.
    Do all the gals at Candice’s web site know about this? We have to spread the word! lol
    See you there!
    Marie


  14. Keira Soleore
    on Apr 28th, 2007
    @ 10:50 pm

    Marie, how nice to see you here! And thank you for your kind comments. I don’t believe the folks on CH BB know about this. Hope you have a fun time making your own thongs. ๐Ÿ™‚

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