You know how “they” say there’s all sorts of beading and wire designs for free on the internet? Well, try to find beautiful, quality, artistic wire and bead Christmas ornament tutorials…I couldn’t find them…well….maybe one or two…
So….for the last few months I’ve been designing some really cool wire and bead Christmas ornaments. The pdf format tutorials are finally done. (all 7 of them!) Plus I’ve designed two free “sample” ornaments. So far I’ve made a free pdf and a free slide show (directions) for one of those.
You probably are aware of ornament kits that include wires that have been soldered or welded together in the center, forming a star or snowflake shape. You just need to slip on the beads to decorate them. I wanted something like them, only more versatile.
The ornaments I’ve designed are in the familiar star or snowflake shape, but they aren’t soldered together. Instead, there’s what I call a “secret” center that’s recycled from a common item most of us would have in our homes. There’s no heat or gluing involved! You can vary the length of the wires , then manipulate them into all sorts of decorative designs. Add a few beads as accents and you’ll have an intricate looking, beautiful mini piece of art.
In keeping with my emphasis on using recycled materials in craft/jewelry items to sell, these Christmas ornaments are a perfect example. It will be easy to vary the beads to add your own personal style to them. You could even include some recycled plastic bag beads in your variations, making them doubly “green”. (you know…my book, Bags to Beads!)
Here are some pictures of the ornaments with “secret” centers. Directions (pdf files) are for sale on my website.
Here’s the free sample ornament. (as you can see, it doesn’t have a “secret” center, hey, it’s free!)