There are a variety of projects you can work on that use beads, including jewellery projects and ornamental projects. You can use beads to create three-dimensional animals. Hang these animals on your tree or door for the holidays or display them on your bookshelf or mantle. Use stiff bead wire that is thin enough to string the size of beads you are using but that is stiff enough to hold a shape. Purchase the items you'll need at a craft store.
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Things you need
- Wire cutters
Cut several feet of wire depending on how large your you want your three-dimensional animal.
Tie a knot at the end of the wire. This will allow you to string beads onto the wire without them falling off. It will also serve as the nose of the animal you are making.
String 1 foot of beads onto the wire. Use the appropriate colour for the animal you are making. For example, if you are making a polar bear use all white beads. If you are making a cow, depending on the size of your beads, use 10 white beads then 2 or 3 black beads and repeat. This will give the appearance of black spots.
Press the tip of your pinky finger against the knotted end of the wire and begin to wrap the beaded wire around your finger. Wrap it tightly so that your finger isn't showing. Gently pull the tip of your finger out. This end will serve as the head of the animal.
Continue to wind the beaded wire in loops to make the neck and the body of the animal. Make the loops smaller for the neck of the animal and larger for the body depending on the type of animal you are creating. Add more beads as needed and use highlighters or pens as wrapping guides if necessary.
Tie a knot in the end of the wire when you have completed the body and head of the animal. Snip the wire with wire cutters.
Cut two feet of wire to make one of the animal's legs depending on how large your animal is. Tie a knot in the end of the wire and bead it according to the colour of the animal.
Wrap the beaded wire around a pencil. Tie a knot at the end of the wire and trim the excess with wire cutters. Gently slide out the pencil. Repeat this process for all of the legs and a tail if needed.
Cut 4 inches of wire to use to attach one of the legs to the body. Push the wire into the beaded body and pull it back through so that it is looped in the middle of the wire. Twist the wire several times to secure it. Push the wire ends together.
Position one of the legs against the body so that the connector wire ends are in the hollow of the leg.
Pull one of the wires through the bottom of the leg and around the side. Push it back into the hollow of the leg in between two of the beaded wires. Wrap the wire around the beaded wire several times to secure it. Repeat this process with the other wire on the other side of the leg. This will secure the leg to the body of the animal.
Repeat steps eight, nine and 10 to secure all of the legs and a tail to the animal.
Tips and warnings
- Work with 1 foot of beads at a time. If you use more beads they will likely just slip off the end of the wire.
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