Twelve Days of Christmas Jewelry Designs: 4 – Beaded Snowflakes

November 17, 2011
beaded snowflakes

Making beaded snowflakes is a fun project for anyone old enough to not put beads in their mouth!

Day 4 is an ultra-simple, instant gratification project: beaded snowflakes. Simply take a wire snowflake form and add beads. This is an ideal project for using up leftover beads, especially sparkly glass beads!

snowflake wire formsThere are several options for keeping the beads in place:

  1. Use crimp beads. (Use a crimp with loop at the top to make it easy to hang).
  2. Glue the last bead in place.
  3. Use round-nose pliers to loop the end of the wire.
  4. french wire keeper on wireOr – the easiest and best in my opinion – use a French wire keeper. French wire keepers are little rubber stoppers that keep earrings in place – or beads on snowflake forms. French wire keepers also make great pin backs, or clutches/nuts for post earrings. A very versatile little jewelry finding indeed!
window-beaded-snowflakes

Dress up the view with sparkly snowflakes!

Winter – and the cold & flu season – is upon us. I didn’t post day 4 of the 12 Days of Christmas jewelry designs yesterday because I never made it out of bed. Silly head cold. So let that be a lesson to you all – it is never to early to start your holiday projects because you never know what interruptions you might face!

Happy beading! ~ Cindy
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  • Reply Claire November 17, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    Very pretty, and I love the ideas for different ways to finish the ends. I used round nose pliers last year and struggled with the harder temper of the forms. And I cracked a crystal in the process. I’ll have to try the French wire keepers on my remaining forms.

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