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sublies
« on: April 24, 2004 04:06:15 AM »

Hi there! This past Christmas, my family instituted a mandatory "one handmade present" rule. After deciding that nobody really wants a website for Christmas, I came up with this little project. I mean, everybody likes beaded votive holders, right? Since this is my first time posting a project here, I might have gone a little bit overboard...

Supplies: 10mm beads, a spool of 28 guage wire, tape, high-temp hot glue gun and probably the votives themselves. A round nose pliers are a great help, but not needed.

Alright, let's get started. First, cut yourself some wire! Through trial and error I figured my votives needed about 2.5 fathoms (15 feet). Wire a bead solidly onto one end and start filling the wire with more. A few hours later, you'll be ready to cap off your strand of beads.

Loop the wire through the bead and pull it tight- but be careful not to crack the bead!

Next, wrap the strand around the votive. Cut a small piece of tape and secure the end:

Wrap it around once and tape it again:

Keep wrapping it around, making sure it's nice and tight. Once you get to the top, tape it again:


Cut yourself about a foot and a half of wire. Holding one end to the bottom of the votive, run it horizontally up the side, and loop it around the top of the bead strand:

Pull it tight, then loop it down under the next row. Thread the wire through the rows of beads, bringing it across the hoizontal wire:

Pull it tight, then bring it back across, down under the next row, through the beads and back again:

Repeat this process all the way down to the bottom:

Freestyle yourslef some kinda knot, then twist the excess together and trim it. Leave enough left over so you can fold it over to secure the sharp ends under the glue. It should now look something like this:


Repeat this process 2 or 3 more times around the votive. I usually do 3 total, but 4 holds it together tighter.

Back at the top of the votive, trim the excess down, leaving enough slack in the wire to secure the beads. I like to loop the wire through one of the horizontal strands, and then through one or two final beads:

Pull it tight, trim it, but leave a half inch or so of extra wire. Tuck this down between the beads and the votive to avoid leaving an exposed pointy wire.

Remove the tape! You should be able to slide the whole shebang off the votive to get at the tape underneath. Your beaded wire should fit snugly around the top. If there's still some slack, you can wire the first couple of rows together wherever it's loose.

Now turn it over, push it as tightly on to the votive as possible. If you haven't yet, trim the bottoms of the horizontal wires and fold them over:


Fire up the hot glue gun, and run a bead around the bottom of the votive. Make sure any wire ends down there are covered!


And you're done! If my instructions made any sense, you should now have something like this:


Caveat: You probably don't want to put metal cupped tea lights in these. It seems that these conduct more heat to the glass than votive candles or plastic cup tea lights do, and this can cause the glue to soften.
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« Reply #1 on: April 24, 2004 04:34:16 AM »

I love beaded stuff. Great tutorial. Pretty colors.
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« Reply #2 on: April 24, 2004 07:26:53 PM »

Great tutorial! I'll have to break my habit of procrastination and make some of these for Christmas gifts!
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« Reply #3 on: April 24, 2004 10:06:31 PM »

That is so cute! I love beaded votive holders and have always wanted to make some. Great tutorial. Thanks!  Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: April 25, 2004 02:05:20 AM »

Even I could follow that tutorial... Good work!
That's really pretty! I love putting beads on wire, it's very therapeutic...
Also, welcome! Looking forward to seing more of your stuff and tutorials!! Wink
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« Reply #5 on: April 25, 2004 03:00:57 AM »

those are fabulous, and the tutorial totally made sense
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« Reply #6 on: April 25, 2004 04:53:08 AM »

I ADORE those votives! And you gave one of the most comprehensive beading tutorials I have EVER seen, and I've seen a lot Smiley I'm inspired to try one one day, maybe make a set for a friend for her birthday or something Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: May 02, 2004 10:52:00 PM »

Wow, glad you folks liked it! Also, if anybody has suggestions for alternatives to hot glue for securing the beads, I'd love to hear 'em.
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« Reply #8 on: May 12, 2004 06:16:24 PM »

Welcome to craftster!  That's an awesome tutorial, you didn't go overboard at all.  I hope to see more of your ideas.  Cute, cute, cute.

ciao xox
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« Reply #9 on: May 13, 2004 12:32:01 PM »

You are WAy too talented! That must have taken a very long time!
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« Reply #10 on: May 16, 2004 08:58:08 PM »

wow thats so beautiful! i like the colours you chose.
p.s. i also love you picture, i adore fight club
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« Reply #11 on: May 28, 2004 08:03:27 AM »

I work at Michaels (that art and craft store), and there is this stuff there called Terrifically Tacky Tape (http://www.provocraft.com/images/products/artaccentz/ter_tacky_tape.jpg) And I have used that with those little microbeads to tape onto a votive.  If you have a heat embossing tool, or a hair dryer (the embosser gets hotter than the hair dryer, but they both work good) that helps set it. You dont need to use that, but it helps make is super strong.

Or there is some glues that work on glass, and since seed beads are glass you could put some of that on it to help it hold. And it might resist the heat. Maybe Hypo Cement would work (http://www.gssupplies.com/cement.html) Or a polymer clay glue might work too, because polymer clay gets put into the oven, and well you get the idea...

Hope that helps

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« Reply #12 on: May 28, 2004 08:24:48 AM »

Thanks for the great tutorial!

I definitely have to make a gajillion of these.  Grin
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« Reply #13 on: May 28, 2004 07:21:28 PM »

oh man. those are awesome! when i first saw the pic though i thought it was going to be a lamp shade, whiiiiiiiiiich if you were feeling really gutsy could do, probly with some larger beads and due a smallish lampshad. i think thatd be pretty cute too, seeing as those candle holders are pretty damn awesome..
just a thought Smiley
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« Reply #14 on: May 29, 2004 03:30:30 PM »

fabulous tutorial. very simple instructions thank you.

i now have a xmas gift for those impossible relatives now.
and i can make the beads match their rooms/kitchen! Smiley

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« Reply #15 on: May 29, 2004 07:14:33 PM »

I love this idea.  I made a few back in the winter for my roomates.  Then I filled them with the candle wax that comes in bags, slip a wick in and you have an excellent gift.  Great color scheme on your votives.  Love it.
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« Reply #16 on: May 30, 2004 09:05:59 AM »

That is a super tutorial, and your votive came out great!  I recently started teaching myself to make French beaded wire flowers, and in the book I got, it talked about a tool to help string seed beads on wire, called a bead spinner. I tracked one down, and I must say, it is the most incredibly fun tool!  You put the beads into a little dish of a contraption that looks kind of like a spinning top. Then you put the end of the wire in the dish, spin it around and the beads literally jump onto the wire!  It's a little tricky, but once you get the hang of it, it's so fast!  I had 6 feet of beads on wire in less than an hour.
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« Reply #17 on: May 30, 2004 03:24:10 PM »

toomuchglue any chance you could post a picture of the bead spinner?
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« Reply #18 on: May 30, 2004 05:04:41 PM »

heres a link on how to make a bead spinner... http://kimberlychapman.com/crafts/beadspinner.html
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« Reply #19 on: May 30, 2004 06:47:05 PM »

cool marshmallofluff thanks for the link. bookmarked and using more margarine than before..hehe so i can get a the tub Tongue
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« Reply #20 on: June 01, 2004 08:06:59 PM »

I like that bead spinner!  Thanks for posting the link to it!   Grin
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« Reply #21 on: June 04, 2004 07:40:59 PM »

yay! now I know what to do with my beads and the tutorial made me feel smart XD
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« Reply #23 on: October 17, 2006 05:07:58 AM »

Just sort of an FYI, with the beadspinner, you don't have to hook the wire/needle in order for it to work. You just turn the spinner in the direction of the tip of the wire/needle, and it works pretty good. I think the hook is basically to keep the tip from getting caught on the bottom (which has happened to me sometimes). 

Thanks for the tutorial. These are really pretty (and I know someone who likes candles)!
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« Reply #24 on: November 04, 2006 02:52:42 PM »

i have to try that!
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« Reply #25 on: November 04, 2006 06:11:44 PM »

That's a great idea! They look fantastic, and I'm wholly impressed by your ability to string tons of tiny beads on wire. I think I'd flip out if I tried to do that. One day I will gain the patience... one day.
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