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Topic: beaded initial ornaments ***NOW WITH INSTRUCTIONS!*** in reply #8  (Read 14717 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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