First I have to say that I'm terrible at tutorials but I'm going to try and tell you how I make a custom zipper pull. I know the beaders out there can provide additional tips, I do not bead I just thought it would be really cool to have a little extra something on the back of my maxi dress and this is what I came up with.
The first time I made one I used an O-ring which really didn't work out that well because the bling still needs to function as a zipper pull, now I use a lobster claw and these niffy little end caps w/loop to secure the beads. I know you can get beading tools at the craft store but I purchased these from Home Depot and they work great.
I've only done this using an invisible zipper and as an added plus it distracts from my not so perfect zipper insertion. Remove the zipper pull but leave the little metal loop this will be used to attach the lobster claw.
Secure the wire to the lobster claw using the jewerly and craft end caps/loop (that's what it says on the package), add your beads and secure the last bead with another end cap, that's all there is to it, until I get more tips from blogland I'm sure it could be improved, I think it might work better with some type of flexible cord instead of wire but that will have to wait until the next maxi dress.
I still have to hem the dress I'm debating on doing a lace hem because it will show through the sheer fabric, hopefully I will have pics soon.
Didn't get any sewing done, this was the Macy's Music Fesitval weekend and if you've been reading my blog you know I attend both nights every year, I will do a separate post about that but Friday night was AWESOME, Saturday was good too Maze never disappoints and El Debarge seems to be on the mend.