SWaro Vski Crystal Snowflake Ornament

You already know that wire-wrapping skills allow you to create beautiful custom jewelry. But they also come in handy to create custom decorations and ornaments for your home. This ornament, shown in Figure 13-1, is made of beautiful, shimmery Swarovski crystals and sterling silver wire. Create one for every window and hang them at different lengths to dress up your home for the holiday season.

Figure 13-1:

Create these custom pendants in a few easy steps.

Figure 13-1:

Create these custom pendants in a few easy steps.

Materials and vital statistics

I Beads:

• 36 3mm Swarovski crystal AB bicones

• 12 6mm Swarovski crystal AB bicones

• 18 4mm Swarovski crystal Montana AB rounds I Findings:

• 3 434-inch pieces of 22-gauge sterling silver wire

• Hanging material of your choice

I Tools: Round-nose pliers, wire cutters, chain-nose pliers (optional) I Techniques used: Stringing, making eye loops

You can create these versatile ornaments in a variety of colors. They take about half an hour each, so you can decorate your whole house in no time.

Directions

1. Holding the three pieces of wire together in the middle, spread the ends out like the spokes of a wheel. Bend the wires around each other, connecting them in the middle, so they resemble Figure 13-2a.

Figure 13-2:

Wrap your wires so they resemble the spokes of a wheel.

Figure 13-2:

Wrap your wires so they resemble the spokes of a wheel.

Your spokes may feel a little flimsy at this point. That's okay. Feel free to use the chain-nose pliers to mash and press the center where the wires meet to make the ornament a bit sturdier.

2. String beads on one spoke in this order: 1 large crystal bicone, 1 Montana round, 2 small crystal bicones, 1 Montana round, 2 small crystal bicones, 1 Montana round, 2 small crystal bicones, 1 large crystal bicone.

3. Using your round-nose pliers, make a loop at the end of the wire to secure the beads in place. If you need to, trim any excess wire with the wire cutters.

Your spoke should look like the one in Figure 13-2b.

4. Repeat Steps 2 and 3 to use all the beads and wire.

5. Hang your ornament from a ribbon, a piece of yarn, or whatever stringing material works for you to decorate your windows or holiday tree.

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