How to Make Beaded Snowflakes

Written by danita fausek
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What could be better than having a tree full of snowflakes? You can make beaded snowflake ornaments in any style you want, and since, like the real ones, no two will ever be just alike, you could have a blizzard on your hands if you aren't careful.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • 18 to 24 gauge wire
  • 24 or 26 gauge wire, cut to about 8 inches
  • Corsage pins with pearl at the end
  • Beads and crystals, with hole big enough to pass the wire and pin through
  • Small cork
  • Flat back crystals
  • White iridescent glitter paint pen
  • Fishing line
  • Round nose pliers
  • Wire cutters
  • Fast-drying epoxy or Aileen's Jewel-It glue

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    3D Beaded Snowflake ornament

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    Thread pins through beads and crystals, leaving 1/4 inch from tip free. You will want four pins with the same arrangement to make one set. Then create another set of four with a different arrangement. And finally a third set of two with another arrangement.

    How to Make Beaded Snowflakes
  2. 2

    Poke the first set of pins into the cork opposite each other, so it makes an "X "shape. Do the same with the second set, placing them between the others, but slightly higher and lower on the cork centre. Using the final two pins, place one pin in the centre of the cork on each side.

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    Paint the cork with the glitter paint pen and allow to dry. Attach a fishing line to just under the pearl on one of the spokes.

    Beaded Snowflake Ornament 2

  1. 1

    Lay out your materials. This simple beaded snowflake uses a "frame of wires" using three pieces of wire cut to the same length, and then two more pieces of 24 or 26 gauge wire for wrapping. Cut these wrapping wires to about 8 inches.

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    Make the frame. Bend two of the cut wires slightly in the middle, so they form a rounded V shape. Lay flat on table, with the two curved pieces facing out and the straight piece in between them. Using the wire for wrapping, attach the two curved pieces to the straight piece. Be sure to crisscross between each spoke and tighten to keep the pieces all together. Twist the ends of the wrapping wire together, cut off any excess and bend the wire back in on itself, making it as flat as possible. This centre section will be covered by the flat back crystal.

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    Place beads on the wire, starting with the smallest bead possible on each spoke, so that a circle of small beads will be in the centre of the snowflake. Keep the pattern the same on each spoke. Push beads tight to the centre, then form a small loop at the top of each spoke using the round nose pliers to keep the beads in place. Attach a piece of fishing line to one loop as a hanger. In the centre of snowflake, use epoxy or Jewel-it to glue the two larger flat back crystals (one to each side) so that it covers the wire wrapping.

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    Allow the ornament to dry before using.

    Beaded Snowflake Ornament 3

  1. 1

    Make a very simple variation on the above design by cutting an additional 12-inch piece of wrapping wire. String the first 3 beads on each spoke.

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    Push the wrapping wire above the third bead on one of the spokes, leaving about 2 inches hanging to the side. Make sure you wrap the wire around the spoke at least two times to secure it. String one bead, one bugle bead, one bead, one bugle and one bead. Gently bend wire so that the two bugle beads are across from each other (forming a soft V shape). Wrap the wire once around the top of each spoke and repeat around entire snowflake.

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    Connect the 2-inch piece of wire left at the first spoke to the beaded wire by twisting it together. Trim excess and tuck twisted wire into the back of snowflake. You have now formed a star shape in the middle of the flake. Continue placing beads on the rest of each spoke and finish as in Section 2.

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