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My sister sells beads on ebay so I thought I would try making some Christmas decorations with them.
I'd never really made anything with beads before, though I have done lots of other crafts.

I'm selling kits to make this in my rather sparse shop on etsy and also on ebay.
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Step 1:

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To make the snowflake you will need
  • 24 12mm (large) beads
  • 18 6mm (medium) beads
  • 42 4mm (small) beads
  • 1 m 0.5 mm (24 gauge) beading wire or similar (should keep its shape when bent)
  • ribbon or similar for hanging
wire cutters, strong scissors or nail clippers

To make the snowflake used here, the large and medium beads are acrylic white translucent beads, the small beads are transparent iridescent beads.

Step 2: Snowflake center

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Thread six large (12mm) beads onto the wire.
Slide them so that they are at the centre of the wire. 
Take the right end of the wire and thread it left to right through the leftmost bead on the wire.
Pull the ends of the wire so that the beads form a circle. This is the centre of the snowflake.
The two ends of the wire should come out on either side of one of the beads.
The next bit can get confusing, so I'll call the end on the left "end A" and the end on the right, "end B".

Step 3: First arm of snowflake

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On the right hand end of the wire (end B), thread
  • medium (6mm) bead
  • small (4mm) bead
  • medium bead
  • *small bead*
  • small bead
  • large bead
  • small bead
  • large bead
  • small bead
  • large bead
  • small bead
Make a loop by threading the wire back through the small bead marked with asterisks (of the two small beads together it is the one closest to the snowflake centre). I find making the loop easier if you bend the wire and get the beads where you want them to be before threading the wire back through 4mm bead.

These are beautiful!
chabias2 years ago
I love the beads you used for this. I have a hand-strung design that looks a bit similar. Nice!
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suayres2 years ago
Very pretty and effective. If you use wire with a silver color, instead of the brass or copper, you'll get a more frosty/icy look.
tringsthings (author)  suayres2 years ago
I don't have any silver wire, but my sister has ordered some for me, so I'm looking forward to trying this.
Tricorvus2 years ago
good golly miss molly!!! I'm going to do this!! That is the cutest daggone thing!!
racoontnn2 years ago
Amazing decoration for the Christmas tree. Simple and affordable. And people are quite manage to make it with their own hands to the New Year!
agis682 years ago
lovely...allready make order...
Vert Nice.
i_luvcanada2 years ago
Thank you for doing the tutorial. You should post it to Pinterest.
blopez2 years ago
I don't see a picture of the entire finished snowflake. Could you post a picture the finished product long shot?
tringsthings (author)  blopez2 years ago
I had a picture of the finished snowflake for the last step for a big finish, but I've added a couple of pictures to the first step which will hopefully give you a good look at it without having to do a lot of scrolling!
Beautiful work. And thanks for the extra picture.
lifesart2 years ago
Oh you have such patience! This is really nice, wish my fingers would work with small objects.
poofrabbit2 years ago
Well done looks great!