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Beaded Reveler Ornament

These small, beaded revelers are nothing but festive, making them the perfect additions to your Christmas tree.

Photography: Charles Masters

Source: Martha Stewart

Introduction

As you make the figure's legs, torso, head, and arms, refer to the illustration.

materials

  • Wire cutters

  • 26-gauge wire

  • Round-nose pliers

  • 2 mm beads

  • Faceted oval beads

  • 3 mm beads

  • Long beads (for lower legs)

  • 4 mm beads, and 4 mm colored glass beads

  • Teardrop beads

  • 6 mm beads

  • Large beads (for torso)

  • 12 mm round beads

  • Glass flower bead

steps

  1. Cut two 8-inch lengths of 26-gauge wire. Using round-nose pliers, make a loop at one end of each wire. Make legs: Slide a 2 mm bead onto one wire for toes, securing it against the loop. Add a faceted oval bead for a foot, a 3 mm bead for an ankle, a long bead for lower leg, a 4 mm bead for knee, and a teardrop bead for thigh. Repeat process to make the other leg.

  2. Thread wires horizontally through a 6 mm bead. Bring the wire ends over the top of the bead, and twist to secure. Bend wires to shape feet and legs as desired.

  3. Place torso bead over twisted portion of wire. Add a 4 mm bead for the neck; twist the two wires together. Add a 12 mm round bead for the head; cut one wire so that the trimmed end is covered by head. Slide a glass flower bead and a 3 mm bead onto remaining wire end for hat. Using round-nose pliers, make a loop at end of wire. Fit end into top of bead to secure.

  4. Make arms: Cut a 6-inch length of 26-gauge wire. Using round-nose pliers, make a loop at one end. Slide a 2 mm bead onto the wire for a hand, a 3 mm bead for wrist, faceted oval bead for a lower arm, a 3 mm bead for an elbow, and a teardrop bead for an upper arm.

  5. Twist open end of wire tightly around body, just under neck bead; then continue in reverse order to make other arm. Trim wire, and make a loop at end to secure beads. Bend wire to shape hands and arms as desired.

  6. Slide six 4 mm green (or color of your choosing) glass beads onto a length of wire. Wrap wire around waist, and trim.

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