I've learned how to make beaded snowflake just yesterday and couldn't wait to share the tutorial! I've tried to simplify the steps as much as possible. I hope you enjoy making some :)
Step 1: Materials Needed
1) Pearl beads- of at least 2 sizes, one size 2-3 times larger than the other,
2) Crystal beads- making sure the snowflake is sparkly!
3) Thick plastic thread or beading thread,
I used pearl beads of 2 different sizes- and crystal beads to make sure the snowflake doesn't look boring :)
Step 2: The Base Ring
The number of beads you'll use for the base ring would be the number of points of the snowflake.
Cut a 20 inches long thick plastic thread or beading thread,
Thread 5 small beads into the thread,
Thread the 6th bead from both sides and keep 2 inches thread left on either side,
Pull and tighten the thread to form a ring of beads,
Thread the remaining 2 inches thread around the beads of the base once and cut off the rest.
Step 3: Making Loops (Round-1)
Remember that we've cut off one side of the thread so there's only one end of the plastic thread remaining,
Thread 1 large bead into the thread, followed by 5 small beads,
Now pass the thread through the large bead and the small bead next to it (clock-wise), -see second picture of this step.
Pull the thread to form a loop with the small beads,
Again thread 1 large bead, followed by 5 small beads into the thread,
Similarly, pass the thread through the large bead and the small bead next to it (clock-wise) and pull it to form the second loop, - see third picture of this step.
Keep repeating these steps till you reach the strand for creating the 6th loop,
Like the previous ones, thread 1 large bead and 5 small beads, then pass the thread through the large bead, the small bead next to it and the first large bead (clock-wise), again pass the thread through the small bead next to the first large bead, - see 4th picture of this step.
Pull and tighten the thread to create the 6th loop.
There, first round of making loops is done :)
Step 4: Linking the Loops (Round-2)
Try not to use the same beads, I'd prefer crystal beads for the linking,
Thread 1 crystal bead and pass the thread (marked with red line and arrows) through the 2 beads (marked with yellow circles) as shown in the 2nd picture of this step,
Again, thread another crystal bead and pass the thread through the beads (marked with yellow circles) as shown in the third picture of this step,
Do the same till you link all the loops.
Step 5: Final Step
Now randomly pass the remaining thread into 5-6 beads to make sure the beading is secure and it doesn't come off.
Cut off the rest of the thread and enjoy the beaded snowflake!
Attach a jump ring to use it as a pendant, or a earring hook to wear it as a earring or use it as a decor.