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« on: May 23, 2014 08:36:13 AM »

I have had a beaded suncatcher pinned on Pinterest forever!  I decided of course rather than make one for myself that I would make one for my partner in the Random Swap.  I used memory wire and glass beads to put this together.  It takes A LOT of beads. It ended up costing me more money than I anticipated since my local bead store that sells loose glass beads charges by the ounce.  Glass beads are heavier than I thought! alwaysinmyroom made one and used more seed beads in hers.  I hate working with seed beads but it may be a good alternative to use as a filler for next time.  Another tip if you decide to make one for yourself... rather than pushing the beads round and round the wire to the bottom just string a few on then pull on both ends of the wire and they will slide right on down.  

Here is my terrible picture of it inside my house...


If you want to see it in action you can check out the picture my partner posted here

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« Reply #1 on: May 23, 2014 08:40:45 AM »

Great tip!

Also, I used memory wire made for necklaces...it made a huge suncatcher that really is too large for any of my outside hangers...I suggest making it like yours with the smaller memory wire...is it bracelet?  It coils nicer, too...

thanks for your inspiration...this was a useful and fun project for me!

Please make one for yourself... Wink.
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« Reply #2 on: May 23, 2014 08:44:48 AM »

I did use the bracelet sized memory wire.  I am wondering if I can find a large lot of glass beads online somewhere for a bit cheaper than what I ended up paying... may have to check Etsy and ebay.
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« Reply #3 on: May 23, 2014 08:50:35 AM »

I wish I had joined the bead soup swap... Grin
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« Reply #4 on: May 23, 2014 12:27:14 PM »

I found some decent deals on Etsy.  I ordered some really nice purple and blue beads to play with.  Hoping to have enough to make one for me and a smaller one for my daughters room.
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« Reply #5 on: May 23, 2014 03:23:27 PM »

Well I love my suncatcher! My husband when he walked on the patio stopped mid sentence to ask where I got it because "it looks really nice, we could have tons of them out here and the patio would look great"  Cheesy And thank you for the tip because I was thinking about making some more. You are going to love yours.

If you have a JoAnns around you, I don't know how nice the beads are but they use to have a bag of glass beads for around $14 I think. I use to work there is this bit of knowledge isn't totally random.
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« Reply #6 on: May 23, 2014 04:07:10 PM »

I am so glad you like it!! Can't wait for the beads I ordered to arrive so I can make my own!
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« Reply #7 on: May 23, 2014 04:52:09 PM »

Ohhh! It looks pretty and I bet it really pops when the sun is shining through it. What a great idea. Be sure to post photos of the one you make for yourself, lindy!
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« Reply #8 on: May 23, 2014 05:14:31 PM »

I really like this! I think I might try to make one for my backyard.
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« Reply #9 on: May 23, 2014 05:46:04 PM »

Thanks everyone!
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