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Topic: beaded initial ornaments ***NOW WITH INSTRUCTIONS!*** in reply #8  (Read 13857 times)
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brubendall
« on: December 19, 2005 12:16:16 PM »

I got this idea from one of Martha Stewart's old holiday books.  Each letter is a person's first name initial.  They are made from xlarge sead beads that are clear wtih silver on the inside.  Wire was 20 guage, I would have used 18 if I could find it, but I couldn't.  Each letter is about 6 inches tall.

I think I may put a small red velvet ribbon on them for hanging, even though the book doesn't mention it.  What do you think?

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« Reply #1 on: December 19, 2005 12:17:55 PM »

stunning!! you could also use fishing wire, or some really thin silver or white ribbon, just so it doesn't take away from the magnificence!
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« Reply #2 on: December 19, 2005 12:34:39 PM »

I think the red ribbon would be gorgeous with it. I have been looking for some type of initial thing for my nieces, and was planning on going with shrinky dinks, but I can't get it to look right. Those are just wonderful. Unfortunately I won't have time to get to a store to buy the needed stuff. Oh, well, maybe I will remember these for next year! GREAT job!
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« Reply #3 on: December 19, 2005 01:04:35 PM »

Beautiful...I am too overwhelmed with admiration to say more.
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« Reply #4 on: December 19, 2005 01:23:37 PM »

awesome Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: December 20, 2005 05:01:12 AM »

I love those - please post instructions.  Thanks
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« Reply #6 on: December 20, 2005 05:09:38 AM »

oooooooooooooooooo Pretty, Looks like Pottery Barn, Great job
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« Reply #7 on: December 20, 2005 03:41:05 PM »

I agree...a tute would be astounding..those are beautiful!
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« Reply #8 on: December 20, 2005 07:50:20 PM »

Materials:
beads of your choice
20 guage wire (or 18 if you can find it, but MS recommended 20)
30 guage wire
needle nose pliers
sample letters

Use your favorite document processing software (Word, etc) to print off the initials you wish to make.  Print them at the approximate size you wish the ornament to be (I think mine was about 375 font - Palace Script).  Cut off a length of 20 guage wire, more than you think you need just to be safe.  Use the needle nose pliers to form a small, closed loop on one end.  String beads from the other end.  Using your printed letters as a guide, bend the wire into the shape of the letter.  Where the wire crosses itself or you have more than one wire, use the 30 guage wire to bind them together (she didn't give instructions on this, I just wrapped it many times).  When you get to the end, form a small loop like you did at the beginning.

So simple!  I did add a small red velvet ribbon for hanging and it looks very elegant.  I also made one shaped like a baby bootie for some friends that are pregnant, and tied a blue bow on it since they're expecting a boy.

Post some if you do them!!
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« Reply #9 on: December 21, 2005 07:49:11 AM »

Thanks for the instuctions.  I'm going to try them this weekend.  Yours look GREAT!!!


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« Reply #10 on: December 21, 2005 07:54:07 AM »

I madea  few of these last night to put on the little bads for my cousins. They look cute, but not as glamerous as  the ones seen above...i had problems with an "M"
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« Reply #11 on: December 21, 2005 08:21:20 AM »

Wow, so pretty. The ones you can buy in the store are around $7.00!
The instructions seem fairly simple. I have a question though:
Do you string all of the beads on the wire first (before bending into the letter shape) or do you string as you go?

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« Reply #12 on: December 21, 2005 10:27:51 AM »

I strung them all, left about 1/2" of unstrung wire, formed my loop (to keep the beads from coming off) and then formed my letter.  After it was all done, I cut off any excess wire and did another loop.

I made an M the other day, but didn't take a picture of it before I gave it to our pastor.  Sad
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« Reply #13 on: December 06, 2006 10:42:09 PM »

I just thought I would bump this since we're getting close to the Christmas season.  I'l planning on making some more of these this year!  Smiley
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« Reply #14 on: December 07, 2006 12:35:28 AM »

Good idea! I bet they look cute hanging on a tree! Kiss
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« Reply #15 on: December 08, 2006 08:10:46 AM »

I LOVE LOVE LOVE <3
I'm going to try this in a few minutes =)
Thank you !
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« Reply #16 on: December 08, 2006 03:46:02 PM »

there so cute! im gonna make some over the weekend hopefully Grin
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« Reply #17 on: December 08, 2006 07:28:05 PM »

i think i saw the original martha stewart project, and she made smaller ones to go through the ribbon as a kind of "gift tag" for holiday gifts. I think yours are gorgeous, but if anyone needs another though, they also look great as gift tag thingeys. If you use small enough seed beads, you might even be able to use it as a necklace charm...
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« Reply #18 on: December 02, 2007 02:28:18 PM »

christmas time again - I really love these and so did the people who got them - i used them as gift tags - you have to hit the hardware store for 18 g wire - but it does come in a stainless steel -
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« Reply #19 on: December 13, 2007 08:12:22 PM »

I made those one year and used them to go on top of the gifts. Like L for Lee, P for Polly. They really do turn out nice.
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« Reply #20 on: December 14, 2007 08:50:00 PM »

Nice.  I remember that episode, now that I saw yours.  Glad you shared.

I think those would look great, in your larger size, strung up to form a greeting on a nice wide piece of ribbon, like a velvety red or green.

Maybe like a big bow, with one centre piece of ribbon hanging down, with the word PEACE or JOY or somesuch spelled out on the front door.
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« Reply #21 on: December 15, 2007 10:40:44 AM »

I L-O-V-E these! They look so professional!!!!!
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« Reply #22 on: December 17, 2007 06:24:00 PM »

I made a couple of the ornaments today. I really like them, but I didn't have the exact materials to make them with. So, they don't look as stunning as brubendall's, but I adore them regardless!



One's for my sister, the other for my bff.
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« Reply #23 on: December 23, 2007 07:13:09 PM »

Does anyone know which Martha book this is from?

brubendall, I linked your instruction from my blog. You did a great job with your directions.
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« Reply #24 on: July 16, 2010 12:06:45 PM »

These are amazing! I am thinking that they would also make great gift tags for wedding gifts as well. Also, star shapes would be really cute... love Love LOVE this idea!
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« Reply #25 on: August 14, 2010 08:09:09 PM »

This is a wonderful idea for Christmas.  Have you ever made smaller ones to use as a necklace?
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« Reply #26 on: September 02, 2010 04:17:35 PM »

What a great idea for small gift box adornments. Would also be stunning on a small Christmas tree with small red velvet bows. Thanks so much for sharing your idea and the basic instructions - Going to hunt up fonts in my computer and search out my stash of seed beads.
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