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« on: November 18, 2004 02:40:25 PM »

happy holy-daze!
here's a little something to whip up for your tree (or to give away, or even assemble kits for).



you will need:
beads
beading wire or other fine gauge wire (i used 24 gauge)
wire snips
round nose pliers



1 cut 5 pieces of wire, each about 4-5 inches long.
2 holding them all together, tie a knot in the middle.


3 spread the wires out evenly around the knot.


4 slide your beads on one wire "arm", and finish with a spiral to hold the beads in place.  repeat with the other arms, then attatch fishing line or wire to hang.  how easy was that? 

you could even get really crazy and tie a whole bunch of wires together and spread them out to be a 3-d starburst.  or, as you can kind of see below, wrap the wires around something fun, like sea glass.  or make really tiny ones for earrings!  or make a bunch and hang them on a dead branch, like so:


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« Reply #1 on: November 18, 2004 02:53:04 PM »

thank you so much!! These are awesome!! I am so making these to attach to presents!! Thank you!!
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« Reply #2 on: November 18, 2004 03:20:41 PM »

Simply smashing!!! Is it hard to tie the bunch of wires into a knotty knot knot???
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« Reply #3 on: November 18, 2004 03:23:24 PM »

why, thank you, melmelon!  actually, no, as long as the wire is fine enough, it's a cinch.  i suppose if the wire were on the heavy side, you could use a couple pairs of pliers to help pull each end.

thanks for looking:)
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« Reply #4 on: November 18, 2004 04:19:59 PM »

What a faboolious idea---thanks for posting it!  And I bet that with heavier wire which might not want to knot you could do a bendy-aroundy kind of thing, or maybe wrap the center with finer wire and bend the "spokes" in their own opposite directions.
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« Reply #5 on: November 20, 2004 01:01:08 AM »

 Shocked

beautiful, easy, beautiful, cute, easy, beautiful! time for breakfast.
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« Reply #6 on: November 26, 2004 07:38:52 PM »

So cool! I was going to buy kits for these, but I had no idea they were so easy to make yourself! Thanks for posting a tutorial!
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« Reply #7 on: November 28, 2004 07:13:52 PM »

OH MAN!!!! that rocks so hard! how jealous am i?!?!?! i have had no time to do cool crafts! i'm dropping out of university so i can sit and make those all day! lol! okay maybe not but i wish i could! Smiley very lovely!

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« Reply #8 on: November 28, 2004 09:54:34 PM »

wow this is such a great idea! i have been wanting to make some beaded ornaments and couldn't think of how to do it. 

btw, did you mean to say 5 strands of wire and tie in a knot and not 10?  and what size wire did you use?
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« Reply #9 on: November 29, 2004 03:54:10 AM »

So cool! I was going to buy kits for these, but I had no idea they were so easy to make yourself! Thanks for posting a tutorial!
I saw a kit almost just like this at walmart last winter.... yours is WAY nicer.
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