Simple and elegant, the illuminated snowflake ornament will brighten up your holidays. 

These LED snowflake ornaments are super-easy to make and only take about 15-20 minutes each (depends on how long you experiment with the beading). This is the first project that I've really "beaded" but I can imagine such beautiful forms from crafters/makers with actual beading experience.

You can download a detailed PDF here.

Note: If you are planning on making more than a few LED ornaments, it is more efficient to create a "power ribbon" using traces of conductive thread connected to a rechargeable battery. Later this week, I will upload a diagram of the "power ribbon".

— 3" Head Pins {6} Any conductive wire can be used—brass, nickel and copper jewelry wire works great.
— Beads (with a large center-hole to fit head pin AND wire wrap wire)
— Crimp Beads {6} *optional
— 3 or 5mm LED
— Wire Wrap Wire {12"} You can substitute wire wrap for any other thin insulated wire
— Metallic Magnetic Jewelry Clasp
— 3V Coin Cell Battery
— Solder

— Needle-nose pliers
— Wire cutter and stripper
— Soldering Iron
— Glue Gun

Step 1: Design the Snowflake

String the beads on the head pin, leaving at least 1/4" of the pin free on opposite end. If you have crimp beads handy, add a crimp bead at each end to prevent the beads from moving. Repeat four times, creating a total of 5 beaded pins.
FANTASTIC Syuzi - I absolutely love these and plan on making them soon!
I want to make these but I&nbsp;need to know a good source for the LED lights. Also, the wire wrap wire, is that like beading wire? Thanks for your response. <br />
&nbsp;Hi! If you're only planning on making a few, I would just go down to your local Radio Shack or electronics store and pick some up.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> If you are looking to begin experimenting with LEDs, than I would look into buying a package of 50 or more from various sources on ebay. I buy my LEDs from <a href="http://stores.ebay.com/HKJE-Led-Lamp-Center" rel="nofollow">here</a>. It takes a few weeks to receive them though.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.sparkfun.com/commerce/categories.php?c=89" rel="nofollow">Sparkfun</a>&nbsp;also has LEDs and they ship pretty quickly.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.sparkfun.com/commerce/product_info.php?products_id=8031" rel="nofollow">Wire wrap wire</a> is not beading wire. It is a thin electrical wire (30 AWG or so) that is coated.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> You can use any type of thin wire &mdash; including nylon coated stainless steel beading wire. Just make sure to strip the ends (remove the nylon coating) before you solder. You MUST use a coated wire otherwise you'll short the circuit.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> I hope I've answered your questions! Let me know if you need more help!<br /> <br /> Good Luck!<br /> <br /> <br />
Thank you so much! I am planning on trying it this week now that the kids are off. :)<br />
That's great!<br />
Your photos are <em><strong>excellent</strong></em> and the instructions are extremely clear. Keep it up!
&nbsp;thanks! :-)
I might have to learn to solder, these are beautiful!&nbsp; Genius with the magnetic clasp!
Wow, it's so pretty!<br />
These look great!<br />

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