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Project

Flower and Gem Christmas Ornaments

Photography: Katya De Grunwald

Source: Martha Stewart Living, December/January 2015

materials

  • Gold wire, 24 gauge

  • Wire cutters

  • Hot-glue gun

  • Rhinestones (by Swarovski, SS30 and SS34, in Light Rose, Light Topaz, Jonquil, Aquamarine, Light Sapphire, and Tanzanite, from $5.50 for 36, tohoshoji-ny.com)

  • Gold jump rings ($3 for 105, by Bead Landing, michaels.com)

  • Jewelry pliers

  • Glass gems (in B104 (gold round), B74 (red-orange oval), B42 (blue teardrop), B66 (pink and blue teardrop), B73 (blue oval), B64 (red-orange, pink, and clear teardrops), B95 (blue and orange diamonds), and B60 (clear icicle), from $3 each, beadcenter@yahoo.com)

steps

  1. Position 2 same-size flowers back to back. (If desired, use 3 flowers for more dimension, sandwiching a larger one between 2 smaller ones.) Thread wire through centers and around petals to secure flowers together. Trim wire. Hot-glue rhinestones to flower centers.

  2. Open a jump ring with pliers, then use to attach a length of chain to a flower or glass gem. Close jump ring. Attach a length of wire to other end of chain for hanging; wrap wire around tree branch.

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