Make your own Christmas decorations, these beaded
ornaments will look great on your tree.
These handmade Christmas ornaments make a great present. Make a set of 4 or 6 matching ones for an unusual gift. They are quite fragile so will need to be wrapped and stored carefully just like traditional glass baubles.
These pretty beaded Christmas ornaments will give a lovely sparkle to
any Christmas tree. They can be a bit fiddly to start with but once you
have made one and seen how it is done they become much easier.
Mark the center of the wire, we usually bend it slightly.
Make a loop in one end, grip the end of the wire in the round nose plies near to the bottom (the widest part of the plier).
Gently mold the wire around the pliers until a loop has formed.
Thread the some beads onto the other end of the wire.
We have used approximately 30 small beads in Christmas colors.
Make a loop on the other end of the wire to secure the beads.
Both loops should be facing the same way as in step 6.
Use the flat nose pliers to grip one of the loops flat between the jaws and gently bend the wire around the loop creating a loose spiral.
Continue to curl the spiral until it reaches the halfway point.
It's a good idea to slide the beads out of the way so you don't crush them with the pliers.
Slide all the beads onto the finished spiral.
Spiral the other end of the wire to the center.
Push one spiral over the other keeping the spiral shape as best as you can.
Using your round nose pliers pull the centers of the spiral away from each other.
Open it out to form a spiral cage.
Using the second length of wire form a spiral at one end.
Once you start to spiral one end it's hard to work out exactly where the center of the wire is.
Bend the long piece of wire slightly at the half way point, not too much so it will easily straighten out again.
These beaded Christmas ornaments are a great way to use up odd beads from other craft projects.
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