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Star light, star bright ornament

Shiny crystal stars twinkle in this glowing orb

Embellish seed bead stars with bicone crystals to orbit a glass globe ornament. The smaller connecting stars complete the constellation. Forget about wishing on a star — this bauble will be a dream come true to anyone on your gift list! 

SUPPLIES

Ornament 3 3⁄8-in. (8.6 cm) diameter

  • 3 3⁄8-in. (8.6 cm) diameter glass ball ornament
  • 4 mm bicone crystals
    • 54 color C (Swarovski, air blue opal AB2X)
    • 58 color D (Swarovski, dark indigo AB)
  • 2–3 g 11/0 seed beads in each of 2 colors:
    • color A (Miyuki 91052, galvanized yellow gold)
    • color B (Miyuki 308, cobalt gold luster)
  • Fireline 6 lb. test
  • beading needles, #12

INSTRUCTIONS

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Figure 1

Crystal star components

1. On 1 yd. (.9 m) of Fireline, pick up a repeating pattern of a color A 11/0 seed bead and two color B 11/0 seed beads 10 times. Tie the beads into a ring with a square knot, leaving a 6-in. (15 cm) tail, and sew through the first A again.

2. Work the following rounds in netting:

Round 1: Pick up two Bs, an A, and two Bs, and sew through the next A in the original ring. Repeat this stitch to complete the round, and step up through the first three beads added in this round (FIGURE 1).

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Figure 2

Round 2: Pick up two Bs, an A, and two Bs, and sew through the next A added in the previous round. Repeat this stitch to complete the round, and step up through the first three beads added in this round (FIGURE 2).

 

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Figure 3

Round 3: Pick up four Bs, an A, and four Bs, and sew through the next A added in the previous round. Repeat this stitch to complete the round, and step up through the first five beads added in this round (FIGURE 3).

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Figure 4

3. Sew through the beadwork to exit between two Bs in the original ring of beads (FIGURE 4, point a). Pick up a color C 4 mm bicone crystal, sew through the opposite A in round 1 (a–b), sew back through the C (b–c), and continue through the next B, A, and B in the original ring (c–d). Repeat this stitch to complete the round.

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Figure 5

4. Sew through the beadwork to exit an A in round 2 (FIGURE 5, point a). Pick up a color D 4 mm bicone crystal, sew through the corresponding A in the original ring (a–b), sew back through the D and the A your thread exited at the start of this step (b–c), and continue through the next two Bs, A, two Bs, and A in round 2 (c–d). Repeat this stitch to complete the round.

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Figure 6

5. Make an attachment loop for assembling the ornament later: Sew through the beadwork to exit the A at the tip of a point in round 3. Pick up three As, a B, three As, a D, three As, a B, and three As. Sew back through the D, and pick up three As, a B, and three As. Sew through the center A in the next point (FIGURE 6). Retrace the thread path, and end the working thread and tail.

6. Make a total of four crystal star components.

Small star components

1. On 18 in. (46 cm) of Fireline, pick up a pattern of a B and two As six times. Tie the beads into a ring with a square knot, leaving a 6-in. (15 cm) tail, and sew through the first A again.

2. Work as in round 1 of “Crystal star component,” substituting As for the Bs and vice versa, and end the working thread and tail.

3. Make a total of four small star components.

Joining the stars

1. Position the components on your work surface, alternating crystal star components and small star components. The attachment loop at the top of each crystal star component should be pointing away from you.

2. Add 1 1⁄2 yd. (1.4 m) of Fireline to a crystal star component. Count two points away from the attachment loop, and sew through the beadwork to exit the A at the tip of that point. 

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Figure 7

3. Pick up a B and an A, and sew through the tip B of a point in a small star component (FIGURE 7, a–b). Pick up an A and a B, and sew through the A in the crystal star component again (b–c). Retrace the thread path of the join, and then sew through the small star component to exit the tip B opposite the join (c–d).

4. Pick up an A and a B, and sew through a tip A of a point in the next crystal star component. Make sure this point is two points from the attachment loop. Pick up a B and an A, and sew through the B in the small star component again (d–e). Retrace the thread path of the join, and sew through the crystal star component to exit the tip A opposite the join.

5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 to join all the components, and to join the last small star component to the first crystal star component. End the thread.


Crystal ring

1. On 1 yd. (.9 m) of Fireline, pick up a repeating pattern of an A, a D, an A, and a C 14 times, leaving a 6-in. (15 cm) tail. Sew through all the beads again to form a ring, and continue through the first A, D, and A picked up.

2. Connect a crystal star component to the crystal ring: Pick up two Bs, and sew through the tip B of an attachment loop. Pick up two Bs, skip the next C in the ring, and sew through the next 13 beads to exit an A. Repeat this step to connect all the crystal star components to the crystal ring, and end the thread. 

3. Place the beadwork over a 3 3⁄8-in. (8.6 cm) diameter glass ball ornament.

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