Suncatchers are colourful transparent or translucent ornaments for your windows. You can hang them up or attach them to sticks to ornament the potted plants on your windowsill. You can easily make suncatchers from coloured beads. Simple strings of large beads can look very effective. Alternatively, thread beads onto wire and twist them into interesting shapes. Children can make suncatchers with plastic pony beads and lanyard string or pipe cleaners.
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Pipe Cleaner and Pony Bead Suncatchers
For a very simple suncatcher, thread transparent pony beads on a glittery pipe cleaner. Bend the pipe cleaner into an interesting shape, like a heart, a diamond or a spiral. Tie a piece of cotton thread to the top of the design and attach it to a suction cup to fix it to the window.
Pony Bead Patterns
You can make designs with clear plastic pony beads by stringing the beads on clear lanyard thread and hanging them in rows from a plastic drinking straw or skewer. Each string of beads makes part of the pattern. You can also make "beadies" from pony beads -- small animals or other motifs created by weaving the beads on lanyard string or beading wire. Hang several different beadie characters side by side for a playful effect.
Glass Bead Strings
Make simple but effective suncatchers from strings of glass beads. Choose large, clear beads in a range of different shapes, sizes and colours. Tie a small bead securely to one end of a piece of strong fishing line. Thread the other beads, varying the colours and shapes. Finish with another small bead knotted into place. Leave a long tail of fishing line so that you can secure the suncatcher to a hook or suction cup.
Wire and Bead Suncatchers
Make an interesting shape using heavy gauge wire -- at least 14 gauge. String clear coloured seed beads on fine beading wire and wrap the string around the heavy wire outline. Make pendants using transparent beads on wire, and hang these from the wire outline. You can make several of these and connect them together in a vertical line to add interest to a high window or French door.
Fabric and Bead Suncatchers
Sew glass beads to a length of nylon or polyester net fabric. The light will shine through the translucent fabric and hit the beads. You can also place three or four large glass beads into small voile gift bags and hang them at the window.
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