Ideas for Beads on Pins in Candle Crafts

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Ideas for Beads on Pins in Candle Crafts
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Candle crafts can include decorating individual candles, creating sleeves to fit many candles or creating candle holders. Colourful beads on pins are one simple way to create candle crafts. Whether you use beaded headpins or bead your own safety pins, you can make decorative designs to enhance plain candles.

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Beaded Headpins

Dot a pillar candle with beaded headpins to create a polka dot effect on the circumference of a candle. Beaded headpins have an attached bead on one end of a pin that has a stopper at the end. The pins are often at least 1-inch long, which is too long to insert into a candle. Cut the pin wires with wire cutters to about 1/4-inches long. Push the pins into the sides of the candle until the wire is no longer visible. The bead on the headpin will rest against the candle.

Beaded Safety Pins

Create a bracelet with beaded safety pins to fit around a fat pillar candle like a cuff. To make a beaded safety pin bracelet, open the safety pins and fill the open side with seed beads, faceted crystal beads or bugle beads. Close the pin and pinch the metal at the top with flat head pliers to keep the pin from opening again. Thread elastic cording through both ends of the safety pin. Thread another safety pin behind the first one, but alternate the ends so that the edges of the cuff bracelet are even. Thread enough beaded safety pins to fit around the candle. The elastic cording will stretch so that you can slide the cuff bracelet on and off of the pillar candle.

Beaded Candle Holders

Make beaded tea-light holders with 36 size 2 safety pins and 8mm faceted crystal beads. The Making Friends craft website recommends threading three 8mm beads over the open end of each safety pin. Close the pins. The tea light holder consists of two stacked rows of beaded safety pins, 18 pins on each row. Use a 20-inch strand of metallic cord to thread the tops of the safety pins together with pony beads separating each pin.

To connect the centre of the candle holder together, thread another 20-inch strand of metallic cord through the tail ends of the top row of safety pins. As you thread the cord through one tail from the top row, add another tail from a new safety pin and then a pony bead before threading through the next tail from the top row. When you finish the row, the heads of the safety pins you added are dangling below the centre line. Thread another cord through the heads at the bottom, adding a pony bead between each one as you did at the top. The candle holder fits over a tea light. Make the circumference larger to fit a larger candle by using more safety pins on each row.

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