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Beads to Beguile

Martha Stewart Living, December 2007

Draw inspiration from luminous beads this holiday season. Metal or glass, new or vintage, big or small -- they're all rich in possibilities. Thread beads onto slender wires and watch ornaments and decorations take shape: shimmering snowflakes, icicles, flowers, dragonflies, even a pair of metallic dancers doing a gleeful jig. Each piece will be richer in detail than the previous -- and will bring a little polish to all of your celebrations.

Wreath with Beaded Flowers and Buds

Golden beads become jewel-like decorations for a Christmas wreath. The beadwork flowers have wavy wire stems (they get their shape when the wire is wrapped around a spool). Picks attached to gold beads are planted throughout the boughs, and the wreath is finished with a two-tone ribbon. When making the flower stems, refer to our illustration.

1. Make the first petal: Cut a 12-inch length of 26-gauge wire. Slide a 2 mm bead onto the wire. Secure bead by looping and twisting wire as shown in illustration A. Slide a long petal-shaped bead onto the wire, below the first bead.

2. Make additional petals (see illustration B): Pull wire back against the long bead, creating a V shape. Slide a long petal-shaped bead onto the wire, followed by a 2 mm bead. Using chain-nose pliers and your hands, feed the wire back through the long bead and out the other end. Repeat the process until you have made five petals total.

3. After finishing the last petal, wrap excess wire around the base of the first petal; secure by continuing to wrap the wire over and under the bases of the other petals. Cut wire near base.

4. Make flower centers (see illustration C): Cut a 3-inch length of 30-gauge silver wire. Slide a 2 mm bead onto the wire, stopping at the wire's halfway point. Twist the wire at base of the bead to secure. Slide one flower-center bead over wire until it abuts the small bead. Secure with a dab of glue.

5. Insert wire into middle of flower petals. Wrap wire under base of petals, and trim excess. Repeat process to make more flowers. We used two sizes of flowers: one made with large beads and one with small.

6. Cut two 8-inch lengths of 20-gauge gold wire. Thread a 3 mm silver bead onto end of one. Fold edge with chain-nose pliers; add a dab of glue. Wrap beaded end of wire around a wire spool to curl it; gently loosen to create a curve. Repeat with remaining wire. Twist the wires together about 3 inches from straight end (see illustration D) to make a sprig. Using 30-gauge gold wire, attach a flower above twist. Make a bud: Follow step 4, cutting a 4-inch length of wire and using one bud-tip bead and one small gold oval. Attach bud to sprig. Repeat process to make more sprigs.

7. Fasten the sprigs to a wreath, bending wires around base to secure. Fill in wreath with single flowers and glass-bead picks.

Bow

Sew a wide metallic-gold ribbon to a slightly wider silver one, stitching down the sides.

Get more instructions on how to tie the perfect bow.

Resources

Wire for sprigs: 20-gauge nontarnish brass (NTB); wire for attaching: 30-gauge nontarnish brass (NTB); wire for flower centers and buds: 30-gauge tinned copper (TC); and wire for petals: 26-gauge tinned copper (TC); from Artistic Wire, 630-530-7567 or artisticwire.com. Small and large flower centers and petal tips: 2 mm silver balls; small silver clusters (CCB114NK); and large silver clusters (CC1133NK); large petals: large gold twists (TS514G); small petals: small gold twists (B508); buds: small gold ovals (No. 058G); bud tips and sprig ends: 3 mm silver balls; and glue: 527 multipurpose cement; from Toho Shoji, 212-868-7465 or tohoshoji-ny.com. 38 mm silver ribbon (No. 4569), from Mokuba New York, 212-869-8900 or mokubany.com. 1 1/2-inch vintage gold ribbon, from Tinsel Trading, 212-730-1030 or tinseltrading.com. 16 mm gold-ball picks (No. 386GD), from B&J Florist Supply, 212-564-6086.

Gold Beaded Stocking

Stocking How-To

1. Print and cut out stocking and cuff templates. Fold metallic fabric in half, and trace the stocking template on one side. Cut through both layers of fabric to create the two stocking pieces. Repeat with cuff template.

2. With right sides of stocking pieces facing, sew around the stocking sides and bottom leaving a 1/2-inch seam allowance. Turn stocking right side out, and press with an iron.

3. With right sides facing, sew together side seams of cuff leaving a 1/2-inch seam allowance. Press seams open.

4. Fold top edge of cuff down 3/4 inch, and press. Sew top hem leaving a 1/2-inch seam allowance.

5. With stocking right side out and cuff inside out, place cuff inside the stocking, so unhemmed edge of cuff lines up with top edge of stocking. Sew a 1/2-inch seam.

6. Pull cuff up, and fold 2 1/2 inches of it over the stocking, covering the seam. Press.

7. For hanging loop, cut a piece of fabric to 9 by 2 1/2 inches. Fold in half lengthwise, right side facing in, and stitch along long side, 1/2 inch from edge. Turn tube right side out, and press. To attach to stocking, fold tube in half widthwise, and tack to inside of stocking at back seam.

Beaded Snowflake How-To

1. With a disappearing-ink fabric pen and a ruler, draw a snowflake pattern, referring to template and photo, on the front center of your stocking.

2. Thread a needle with thread that matches the stocking fabric, and knot end. Starting from the inside of the stocking, pull the needle up through the pattern's center.

3. Thread on beads in the desired pattern. Make sure you use enough beads to cover the length of the marked snowflake line. Then pass the needle back through stocking fabric, from front to inside; knot.

4. To keep the line of beads from flopping around, use the needle and thread to tack down the line, after every few beads. To tack, pass needle from the inside of the stocking to the front, and then back inside again, securing the thread between two separate beads in the process.

5. Repeat with the rest of the snowflake pattern.

Beaded Garland Trim How-To

1. On thread that matches stocking fabric, create a string of beads in desired pattern that is long enough to go around stocking, plus extra for the swag. Knot thread on both ends.

2. Tack one end of thread to a side seam on the cuff. To tack, pass needle from the inside of the stocking to the front, through a bead, and then back inside again; knot in back.

3. To create a garland swag, tack the string of beads to the cuff at intervals (2 1/2 inches works well). Tack end to other side of cuff.

Resources

Fabric for stocking: 54-inch linen in Metallic Gold from B&J Fabrics, 212-354-8150 or bandjfabrics.com. Beads: gold teardrops (LG715G); gold spheres: small (S67G) and large (S88G); gold twists: small (B508) and large (TS514G); and 2 mm gold balls; from Toho Shoji, 212-868-7465 or tohoshoji-ny.com.

Pink-and-Silver Floral Bouquet

To make an anchor for the arrangement, cut a piece of floral foam to the size of the vase, cover in pink fabric, and then insert it into the vase. To make the spray on the gift box, see the napkin boutonniere how-to.

1. Make pink beaded flowers according to the instructions below.

2. Tightly wind an 8-inch piece of 24-gauge wire over and under the petals of each beaded flower, at the center, to create stems.

3. Using 30-gauge silver wire, attach each stem to a store-bought spray of clear, teardrop-shaped beads.

4. Arrange beaded sprays and artificial greenery in the vase as desired, inserting stems and wires into the floral foam.

Pink Beaded Flowers

When making a flower, refer to our illustration.

1. Make the first petal: Cut a 12-inch length of 26-gauge wire. Slide a 2 mm bead onto the wire. Secure bead by looping and twisting wire as shown in illustration A. Slide a long petal-shaped bead onto the wire, below the first bead.

2. Make additional petals (see illustration B): Pull wire back against the long bead, creating a V shape. Slide a long petal-shaped bead onto the wire, followed by a 2 mm bead. Using chain-nose pliers and your hands, feed the wire back through the long bead and out the other end. Repeat the process until you have made five petals total.

3. After finishing the last petal, wrap excess wire around the base of the first petal; secure by continuing to wrap the wire over and under the bases of the other petals. Cut wire near base.

4. Make flower centers (see illustration C): Cut a 3-inch length of 30-gauge silver wire. Slide a 2 mm bead onto the wire, stopping at the wire's halfway point. Twist the wire at base of the bead to secure. Slide one flower-center bead over wire until it abuts the small bead. Secure with a dab of glue.

5. Insert wire into middle of flower petals. Wrap wire under base of petals, and trim excess. Repeat process to make more flowers.

Resources

19th-century French clear cut-glass vase from Hirschl & Adler Galleries New York, 212-535-8810 or hirschlandadler.com. Wire for flower centers: 30-gauge tinned copper (TC); wire for petals: 26-gauge tinned copper (TC); and wire for stems: 24-gauge tinned copper (TC); from Artistic Wire, 630-530-7567 or artisticwire.com. Silver greenery (No. 6574F57278980) and petals: clear-pink beads (No. 733421568452), from Michaels, 800-642-4235 or michaels.com. Flower centers and petal tips: 2 mm silver balls and large silver clusters (CC1133NK); and glue: 527 multipurpose cement; from Tojo Shoji, 212-868-7465 or tohoshoji-ny.com. Clear-glass bead picks (B24252), from Jamali Garden Supply, 212-996-5534 or jamaligarden.com.

Napkin Boutonniere

1. Attach a 24-gauge wire to a pink beaded flower (how-to follows) to form a stem.

2. Wire stem to a store-bought spray of clear, teardrop-shaped beads.

3. Cut off bottom of spray's stem so that 2 inches remain.

4. Using fabric glue to secure, run a 1/4-inch-thick metallic ribbon down stem and back up other side. Then wrap ribbon around itself to cover the stem completely. Secure end with fabric glue.

5. Attach to napkin: Tie napkin with the metallic ribbon, and slide in boutonniere. (Alternatively, use boutonniere to decorate a gift box. Tie box with the metallic ribbon, and slide in boutonniere.)

Pink Beaded Flower

When making a flower, refer to our illustration.

1. Make the first petal: Cut a 12-inch length of 26-gauge wire. Slide a 2 mm bead onto the wire. Secure bead by looping and twisting wire as shown in illustration A. Slide a long petal-shaped bead onto the wire, below the first bead.

2. Make additional petals (see illustration B): Pull wire back against the long bead, creating a V shape. Slide a long petal-shaped bead onto the wire, followed by a 2 mm bead. Using chain-nose pliers and your hands, feed the wire back through the long bead and out the other end. Repeat the process until you have made five petals total.

3. After finishing the last petal, wrap excess wire around the base of the first petal; secure by continuing to wrap the wire over and under the bases of the other petals. Cut wire near base.

4. Make flower centers (see illustration C): Cut a 3-inch length of 30-gauge silver wire. Slide a 2 mm bead onto the wire, stopping at the wire's halfway point. Twist the wire at base of the bead to secure. Slide one flower-center bead over wire until it abuts the small bead. Secure with a dab of glue.

5. Insert wire into middle of flower petals. Wrap wire under base of petals, and trim excess.

Resources

Wires: 30-gauge tinned copper (TC); 26-gauge tinned copper (TC) and 24-gauge tinned copper (TC), from Artistic Wire, 630-530-7567 or artisticwire.com. Petals: clear-pink beads (No. 733421568452) from Michaels, 800-642-4235 or michaels.com. Petal tips and flower centers: six 2 mm silver balls and 1 large silver cluster (CC1133NK); and glue: 527 multipurpose cement; from Tojo Shoji, 212-868-7465 or tohoshoji-ny.com. Clear-glass bead picks (B24252) from Jamali Garden Supply, 212-996-5534 or jamaligarden.com. 3/16-inch metallic weave ribbon in Sterling-Camellia Pink by Martha Stewart Crafts.

Gold and Silver Icicles

We used leftover beads from the other projects and some vintage beads to create these ornaments. You can duplicate ours using the source information below, or create your own.

Cut an 8-inch length of 20-gauge wire. Using round-nose pliers, make a loop at one end. Slide beads onto wire in desired sequence, or use photographs as a guide. Make a loop at other end of wire for hanging.

Resources

20-gauge tinned copper wire from Artistic Wire, 630-530-7567 or artisticwire.com.

First Icicle

1/4-inch-by-1/4-inch-by-8-foot silver glass-bead garland (No. 911990; 3 round and 1 long twist) from Midwest of Cannon Falls, seasonsofcannonfalls.com. Gold beads: 1 (A-20G); 1 (A-16G); 1 (A-14G); and 1 (A-10G); and nine 4 mm silver balls; from Tojo Shoji, 212-868-7465 or tohoshoji-ny.com.

Second Icicle

8 mm silver glass (GC008S) from D. Blumchen & Co., 866-653-9627 or blumchen.com. 12 large silver twists (TS514NK); eight 4 mm small gold balls; and 1 gold diamond (791G); from Tojo Shoji, see above.

Third Icicle

1/4-inch-by-1/4-inch-by-8-foot silver glass-bead garland (No. 911990; 2 long twists) from Midwest of Cannon Falls, see above. Similar vintage bead, from KD Vintage, kdvintage.com. Six 4 mm silver balls from Tojo Shoji, see above.

Pink and Silver Icicles

We used leftover beads from the other projects and some vintage beads to create these ornaments. You can duplicate ours using the source information below, or create your own. We tinted some of our glass beads with an alcohol-based art marker.

Cut an 8-inch length of 20-gauge wire. Using round-nose pliers, make a loop at one end. Slide beads onto wire in desired sequence, or use photographs as a guide. Make a loop at other end of wire for hanging.

Resources

22-gauge tinned copper wire from Artistic Wire, 630-530-7567 or artisticwire.com. Prismacolor marker (No. 070735034588) in Blush Pink (PM-10), from Carpe Diem, carpediemstore.com.

First Icicle

1/4-inch-by-1/4-inch-by-8-foot silver glass-bead garland (No. 911990; 2 twists and 2 spheres) from Midwest of Cannon Falls, seasonsofcannonfalls.com. Six 4 mm silver balls from Tojo Shoji, 212-868-7465 or tohoshoji-ny.com. Similar vintage bead from KD Vintage, kdvintage.com.

Second Icicle

Similar vintage beads from KD Vintage, kdvintage.com.

Third Icicle

Six 8 mm silver balls; 1 large silver ball (A16NK); 1 large silver oval pillow (M813NK); 1 large diamond (T1414NK); 1 smaller diamond (T10NK); and 1 smallest diamond (T69NK); from Tojo Shoji, see above.

Fourth Icicle

Similar vintage bead from KD Vintage, kdvintage.com. 1/4-inch-by-1/4-inch-by-8-foot silver glass-bead garland (No. 911990; 2 twists and 2 spheres), from Midwest of Cannon Falls, see above. Two 4 mm silver balls, from Tojo Shoji, see above.

Fifth Icicle

1/4-inch-by-1/4-inch-by-8-foot silver glass-bead garland (No. 911990; 1 twist) from Midwest of Cannon Falls, see above. Eight 4 mm silver balls; three 6 mm silver balls; five 8 mm silver balls; and 1 large silver ball (A16NK); from Tojo Shoji, see above.

Gold Dragonfly

When making the dragonfly, refer to our illustration.

1. Make the body (see illustration A): Fold a 12-inch length of 24-gauge wire in half. Slide a 3 mm bead toward the folded end, followed by a long, thin bead. Add a 3 mm bead, a large twist bead, a 4 mm bead, a small teardrop bead, a 4 mm bead, a large teardrop bead, and a 4 mm bead. Add a 12 mm bead for the head.

2. Make the antennae: Push apart the two wire ends sticking out of the head. Slide a 12 mm glass bugle bead onto each. Trim wires to 3/16 inch above beads. Using round-nose pliers, make a loop at end of each. Fit ends into tops of bugle beads to secure.

3. Make upper (large) wings (see illustration B): Cut a 24-inch length of 24-gauge wire. Slide four 2 mm beads onto wire followed by one long glass bugle bead. Repeat sequence. Bend wire at a 45-degree angle. Add one 4 mm gold bead, one long twisted metal bead, and one 4 mm gold bead. Bend wire again. Repeat sequence in reverse, starting with long bugle bead. (This is the first top wing). Twist wires together once to lock in place. Make the other upper wing in the same way.

4. Make lower (small) wings (see illustration C): Onto remaining wire, slide one long bugle bead, three 2 mm gold beads, and one long bugle bead. Bend wire at a 45-degree angle. Add one 3 mm round bead, one small twisted metal bead, and one 3 mm round bead. Bend the wire again; repeat sequence in reverse, starting with long bugle bead. (This is the third wing.) Twist the wires together once to lock in place. Make the other lower wing in the same way.

5. Attach body (see illustration D): Wrap remaining wire tightly around top of the small bead, just under head, and, again, over bottom of the small bead. Bring wire around to center of wings. Slide a 1/2-inch bugle bead onto wire. Trim wire 3/16 inch above bead. Using round-nose pliers, make a loop on end. Fit end into top of bead to secure. Hang ornament from this bead.

Resources

Wire for body: 24-gauge tinned copper wire (TC) and wire for wings: 24-gauge nontarnish brass (NTB) from Artistic Wire, 630-530-7567 or artisticwire.com. Wings: 16 twisted silver-lined topaz long bugle beads (No. 5467GB) from Ornamental Resources, ornabead.com. Wings: four 4 mm gold beads; gold twists: 2 small (B508) and 2 large (TS514G); four 3 mm gold beads; forty-four 2 mm gold balls; head: small round silver bead (No. 1212); body: two 3 mm silver beads; three 4 mm silver beads; large silver teardrop (L1218NK), 35 cents; small silver teardrop (L713NK), 30 cents; large silver twist (TS514NK), 35 cents; thin silver bead (T415NK), 25 cents; and antennae and hanger: three 12 mm silver bugle beads (No. 132 Matsuno); from Toho Shoji, 212-868-7465 or tohoshoji-ny.com.

Large Blue Dragonfly

When making the dragonfly, refer to our gold-dragonfly illustration. Please note that some of the beads will vary from the illustration; refer to photo as a guide.

1. Make the body (see illustration A): Fold a 12-inch length of 24-gauge wire in half. Slide a 2 mm bead toward the folded end, followed by a long, thin bead. Add a 3 mm bead, another long, thin bead, a 3 mm bead, a large twist bead, a 4 mm bead, a small diamond-shaped bead, a 4 mm bead, a large diamond-shaped bead, and a 4 mm bead. Add a 12 mm bead for the head.

2. Make the antennae: Push apart the two wire ends sticking out of the head. Slide a 12 mm glass bugle bead onto each. Trim wires to 3/16 inch above beads. Using round-nose pliers, make a loop at end of each. Fit ends into tops of bugle beads to secure.

3. Make upper (large) wings (see illustration B): Cut a 24-inch length of 24-gauge wire. Slide one 60 mm aqua bead onto wire. Bend wire at a 45-degree angle. Add one 3 mm silver ball, one large twist bead, and a 3 mm silver ball. Bend wire again. Add another aqua bead. (This is the first top wing). Twist wires together once to lock in place. Make the other upper wing in the same way.

4. Make lower (small) wings (see illustration C): Onto remaining wire, slide on one 35 mm aqua bead. Bend wire at a 45-degree angle. Add one 2 mm bead, one small twisted oval, and one 2 mm bead. Bend the wire again, and add another aqua bead. (This is the third wing.) Twist the wires together once to lock in place. Make the other lower wing in the same way.

5. Attach body (see illustration D): Wrap remaining wire tightly around top of the small bead, just under head, and, again, over bottom of the small bead. Bring wire around to center of wings. Slide a 1/2-inch bugle bead onto wire. Trim wire 3/16 inch above bead. Using round-nose pliers, make a loop on end. Fit end into top of bead to secure. Hang ornament from this bead.

Resources

Wire for body: 24-gauge tinned copper (TC), from Artistic Wire, 630-530-7567 or artisticwire.com. Head: 12 mm round silver bead (No. 1212); body: 2 mm silver ball; two 3 mm silver balls; three 4 mm silver balls; large silver diamond-shaped bead (T1414NK); small silver diamond-shaped bead (T10NK); large silver twist (TS514NK); 2 thin silver beads (T415NK); antennae and hanger: three 12 mm silver bugle beads (No. 132 Matsuno); and wings: 2 small silver twists (B508NK); four 3 mm silver balls; four 2 mm silver balls; and 2 large silver twists (TS514NK); from Toho Shoji, 212-868-7465 or tohoshoji-ny.com. Wings: four 60 mm silver-lined aqua beads (No. 9994GB) and four 35 mm silver-lined aqua beads (No. 1192GB), from Ornamental Resources, ornabead.com.

Small Blue Dragonfly

When making the dragonfly, refer to our gold-dragonfly illustration. Please note that some of the beads will vary from the illustration; refer to photo as a guide.

1. Make the body (see illustration A): Fold an 8-inch length of 24-gauge wire in half. Slide two 3 mm beads toward the folded end. Add three 4 mm beads, a fluted oval pillow, and a 4 mm bead. Add a 10 mm bead for the head.

2. Make the antennae: Push apart the two wire ends sticking out of the head. Slide a 1/2-inch glass bugle bead onto each. Trim wires to 3/16 inch above beads. Using round-nose pliers, make a loop at end of each. Fit ends into tops of bugle beads to secure.

3. Make upper (large) wings (see illustration B): Cut a 24-inch length of 24-gauge wire. Slide a 12 mm pale-blue bugle bead onto wire followed by a 2 mm silver bead and another bugle bead. Bend wire at a 45-degree angle. Add one 2 mm bead, one large twist, and another 2 mm bead. Bend wire again. Add a bugle bead, a 2 mm bead, and another bugle bead. (This is the first top wing). Twist wires together once to lock in place. Make the other upper wing in the same way.

4. Make lower (small) wings (see illustration C): Onto remaining wire, slide one 12 mm pale-blue bugle bead. Bend wire at a 45-degree angle. Add one 2 mm bead, one faceted oval, and one 2 mm bead. Bend the wire again, and add one bugle bead. (This is the third wing.) Twist the wires together once to lock in place. Make the other lower wing in the same way.

5. Attach body (see illustration D): Wrap remaining wire tightly around top of the small bead, just under head, and, again, over bottom of the small bead. Bring wire around to center of wings. Slide a 1/2-inch bugle bead onto wire. Trim wire 3/16 inch above bead. Using round-nose pliers, make a loop on end. Fit end into top of bead to secure. Hang ornament from this bead.

Resources

Wire for body: 26-gauge tinned copper (TC), from Artistic Wire, 630-530-7567 or artisticwire.com. Body: 1 small silver oval pillow bead (M813NK); two 3 mm silver balls; and four 4 mm silver balls; head: 10 mm silver (No. 1210); antennae and hanger: three 12 mm silver bugle beads (No. 132 Matsuno); and wings: 2 large silver twists (No. 2275); twelve 2 mm silver balls; and twelve 12 mm bugle beads in Pale Blue (No. 661SB Matsuno); from Toho Shoji, 212-868-7465 or tohoshoji-ny.com. Wings: two 4 mm sterling disco beads (SS0504), from Fusion Beads, 888-781-3559 or fusionbeads.com.

Butterfly

Refer to the gold-dragonfly illustration when making a butterfly. Please note that some of the beads will vary; refer to the photo as a guide.

1. Make the body (see dragonfly illustration A): Fold a 12-inch length of 24-gauge wire in half. Slide a 4 mm silver bead toward the folded end, followed by a twisted silver glass bead, a 4 mm bead, and a round glass bead for the head.

2. Make the antennae: Push apart the two wire ends sticking out of the head. Slide a 12 mm glass bugle bead onto each. Trim wires to 3/16 inch above beads. Using round-nose pliers, make a loop at end of each. Fit ends into tops of bugle beads to secure.

3. Make the wings: Cut a 12-inch piece of 24-gauge wire. Slide on a 35 mm silver bugle bead; bend wire at a 45-degree angle. Add eight 4 mm silver beads; bend wire again, and add another 35 mm silver bugle bead. Twist wires together once to lock in place. Make the other wing in the same way.

4. Make the decorative wing-interior detail: Cut two 4-inch lengths of 24-gauge wire. Slide eight 4 mm colored beads onto each. Twist ends together to form a circle, and trim. Next, twist a 5-inch length of 24-gauge wire around the center of the short side of one wing. Add a colored-bead circle by twisting the wire around one side of it, and then slide on an 8 mm silver bead, which will be in the center of the circle. Twist wire around the other side of the circle. Add four 4 mm silver beads. Repeat this twist-and-add technique in reverse for the other wing. Finish by twisting the remaining wire around the center of the short side of the wing. Trim excess.

5. Attach wings to body (see dragonfly illustration D). Wrap remaining wing wire tightly between the body and neck beads. Bring wire around to the center of wings. Slide a 12 mm bugle bead onto wire. Trim wire to 3/16 inch above bead. Using round-nose pliers, make a loop on the end. Fit end into top of bead to secure. Hang ornament from this bead.

Resources

24-gauge tinned copper wire (TC), from Artistic Wire, 630-530-7567 or artisticwire.com. Head and body: 1/4-inch-by-1/4-inch-by-8-foot silver glass bead garland (No. 911990), from Midwest of Cannon Falls, seasonsofcannonfalls.com. Body: two 4 mm silver balls; antennae and hanger: three 12 mm silver bugle beads (No. 132 Matsuno); wings: two 8 mm silver balls; twenty-four 4 mm silver balls; and 16 pink or green glass beads (FP-4MM and 5052-4mm); from Toho Shoji, 212-868-7465 or tohoshoji-ny.com. Four 35 mm silver-lined bugle beads in Crystal (No. 1192GB), from Ornamental Resources, ornabead.com.

Gold-Flower Napkin Ring

1. Cut an 8-inch length of 26-gauge wire.

2. Slide beads onto wire following pattern in photo.

3. Twist ends of wire together to form a circle, and trim.

4. Make three small gold beaded flowers (how-to follows).

5. Attach flowers to ring using 30-gauge wire.

Gold Beaded Flowers

When making a flower, refer to our illustration.

1. Make the first petal: Cut a 12-inch length of 26-gauge wire. Slide a 2 mm bead onto the wire. Secure bead by looping and twisting wire as shown in illustration A. Slide a long petal-shaped bead onto the wire, below the first bead.

2. Make additional petals (see illustration B): Pull wire back against the long bead, creating a V shape. Slide a long petal-shaped bead onto the wire, followed by a 2 mm bead. Using chain-nose pliers and your hands, feed the wire back through the long bead and out the other end. Repeat the process until you have made five petals total.

3. After finishing the last petal, wrap excess wire around the base of the first petal; secure by continuing to wrap the wire over and under the bases of the other petals. Cut wire near base.

4. Make flower centers (see illustration C): Cut a 3-inch length of 30-gauge silver wire. Slide a 2 mm bead onto the wire, stopping at the wire's halfway point. Twist the wire at base of the bead to secure. Slide one flower-center bead over wire until it abuts the small bead. Secure with a dab of glue.

5. Insert wire into middle of flower petals. Wrap wire under base of petals, and trim excess. Repeat process to make more flowers.

Resources

30-gauge tinned copper wire (TC) and 26-gauge tinned copper wire (TC) from Artistic Wire, 630-530-7567 or artisticwire.com. Ring, middle of flower centers, and petal tips: forty-two silver balls; petals: small gold twists (B508); flower centers: 3 small silver clusters (CCB114NK); ring: 24 gold spheres (No. 055G); and glue: 527 multipurpose cement; from Tojo Shoji, 212-868-7465 or tohoshoji-ny.com.

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Comments (11)

  • bjbass 25 Jul, 2011

    Love these ornament ideas .. but what about instructions on how to do them (i.e. the beaded butterfly ornament). I would love to make them .. but, without instructions and materials list I'm afraid I'm lost. Thank you

  • paris_95 15 Dec, 2008

    What an awsome idea! My older brother as a homemade stocking made by my grandma. He is now 21 and we cannot find it in the Christmas Boxes!! So I thourght coming onto this website would help. And I was right. Making this stocking should be an easy task if my mum and I both do it together. Just one thing.... it doesnt look that big from the picture :( so we cant fit presents inside it. Can you please tell me some bigger measurements that would work successfully??

    Love Paris, Australia, 13

  • ibcrafter 17 Nov, 2008

    Only part of comment showing. Spray artificial greens with silver spray or use spray glue

  • ibcrafter 17 Nov, 2008

    I am going to use regular artificial greenery

  • sleepymama 13 Dec, 2007

    I know Martha would probably have a heart attack but our "Dollarama" store in Ontario has silver greenery. (Sorry Martha!)

  • LydiaHorvath 8 Dec, 2007

    Does anyone know where you can find the silver glass-ball garland (#851975)? Seasons of Cannon Falls does not sell to non-retailers and all of the stores that are supposed to carry their products do not carry this particular garland.

  • bookiewubby 8 Dec, 2007

    Hi....I have been to Michaels Craft Store and they do not have the Silver Greenery. I am not sure if it has a different name other than Silver Greenery.....I have looked on the internet...No luck....
    Does anyone know where to buy this other than Michael's...They told me that they do not carry it...also the Item # is incorrect...IAlso does anyone how much of each item is needed to make this arrangement...Greenery, Dewdrop branches, beads etc? Any help will be greatly appreciated...Thanks

  • susandigilio 24 Nov, 2007

    Thanks....that worked! :)

  • silverbells 24 Nov, 2007

    I suggest you HIGHLIGHT the text here on this page, open WORD and PASTE. It might not look as "formatted" but it is definitely going to work! then just copy and paste the image....that should work. if not, right click the image, save as on your desktop and paste in from word by "insert" image...etc. print as usual!

    :) hope this helps

  • susandigilio 23 Nov, 2007

    I am having the same problem!

  • gaylerobbin 22 Nov, 2007

    I can only get the Wreath with Beaded Flowers and Buds, and the Glass-Bead Pink Snowflake with Interior Detail to print from Beads to Beguile and More Beads to Beguile. I need to print them because there is no way I can do them from my computer, there is no where near my computer to craft. Does anyone know if there is a reason? Am I doing something wrong?