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Topic: Here comes the snow again - updated with new pics (fully finished ornament)  (Read 3953 times)
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« on: October 20, 2006 10:33:03 AM »

Here are some beaded snowflakes I made recently with fire polished crystals, and seed beads.  They are about 2 inches by 2 inches, and I may string them in the middle of rings that I wrap in ribbon or beads, with a hanger for ornaments.


White with blue


another white with blue

This pattern was in the latest issue of Bead and Button

Here they are in how I finally decided to utilize them as ornaments.  I strung them up inside a ring (a silver toned bangle - 12 for $3 - then I opened the package and found they were interlocked - cut 8 open to remove them and used bead glue - fantastic stuff - to glue the ends back together), then wrapped the bangle in satin ribbon, making a loop to hang with.







I liked the idea of putting them into some kind of ring to frame them - gave them more substantiality and more focus.
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« Reply #1 on: October 20, 2006 01:00:37 PM »

Those are beautiful! Did you use wire to string the beads on to keep the shape stiff, or do you just bead the string so tightly that it all stays in place?

I really like them, they looks so icy!
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« Reply #2 on: October 21, 2006 09:12:42 AM »

I love iridescent beads and how they catch the light - you're right it is that icy look I love.  I strung them using Nymo thread, which is why I want to string them in the centre of a ring, like a 3 or 4 inch macrame ring so they maintain their shape.  Wire doesn't have the flexibility I want to go through the rows of beads because you have to feed back and forth so often - a thicker wire is too stiff, and a thinner wire would break.  I have considered feeding wire through just the outside to give it support to maintain it's shape without a ring - will have to consider that more.  I have read where people have used things like varnish to coat their beaded items to stiffen them - but I don't want to change the finish of the beads or risk wrecking my work with experimentation yet.
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« Reply #3 on: November 09, 2006 04:13:11 AM »

I love them!  Great job!
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« Reply #4 on: November 09, 2006 04:15:07 AM »

Very sparkly & wintery... I love 'em!  Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: November 29, 2006 12:49:51 PM »

Which Bead and Button did you say you got the idea from??  Whats on the cover?  I just went through my magazines and I bet that is the one I am missing... My mother just went through my craft stuff stating something about her being tired of it leaking out of my room...
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« Reply #6 on: November 29, 2006 04:03:15 PM »

It was the October 2006 issue, it was the one with the necklace with the asymmetric focal necklace in the front, and the lower left hand corner says something about Make a quick holiday ornament - this was the holiday ornament.
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« Reply #7 on: November 30, 2006 07:34:22 AM »

Those are so pretty! What a lucky christmas tree you have!
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« Reply #8 on: November 30, 2006 12:25:24 PM »

I made these too! I love snowflakes.

I bought a chunk of beeswax from a craft show and use it to precondition my thread. The ones that I made this way can be hung from a hook on a tree. I just flattened them by hand and they seem to do well retaining their shape there after.

Very lovely colour choice!
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« Reply #9 on: November 30, 2006 05:46:49 PM »

Wow, those are gorgeous! 
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« Reply #10 on: December 03, 2006 01:01:46 PM »

I made these too! I love snowflakes.

I bought a chunk of beeswax from a craft show and use it to precondition my thread. The ones that I made this way can be hung from a hook on a tree. I just flattened them by hand and they seem to do well retaining their shape there after.

Very lovely colour choice!

I like using the beeswax to do some necklaces - like how the wax fills the bead holes in sometimes and helps them stay in place. 

For this, I did not like how they looked on their own.  To me they looked unfinished, which was why I strung them in the bangle to frame them.  I posted new pics in my original post.  I like how they look, and they are held more stable in the bangle.  Kind of like a snowflake dreamcatcher.
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« Reply #11 on: December 14, 2009 04:18:53 PM »

Very pretty! Unfortunately, it's not one of the issues I bought, and it's not one of the articles they offer from their back issues. Sad 

Last time I had a bead and button subscription, my bead stash grew enormously, but the output didn't. It's safer for me not to get the magazine, even if it means I miss out on a beauty like this.  I'll just enjoy it from this side of the screen. Smiley
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« Reply #12 on: December 23, 2009 08:51:31 AM »

Those are really lovely, I think framing them in the bangles really does finish them off nicely.  Smiley

I've been using this pattern: http://beadwork.about.com/od/freebeadpatternsac/ss/Beade_Snowflake.htm this year for ornaments and jewellery.  Smiley
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