Ice crystal ornaments

Add glamour to the holidays with crystal-laden ornaments
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If you enjoy creating handmade ornaments, you’ll love our netted snowflakes. They work up quickly in 11/0 seed beads, so there’s time to make several, even during the busiest holiday season. There’s no need to put them in storage when the holidays are over. These ornaments will look wonderful hanging in a sunny window all winter long.

SUPPLIES

  • 6 12 x 8mm crystals
  • 8mm crystal
  • Japanese seed beads, size 11/0
    • 2g color A
    • 2g color B
    • 1g color C
  • Fireline 8 lb. test, SoNo, or Nymo B conditioned with beeswax
  • beading needles, #12
  • varnish or floor wax
  • small paintbrush

INSTRUCTIONS

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1. Thread a needle with 7 ft. (2.1m) of Fireline, SoNo, or conditioned Nymo.
Round 1: Pick up one color A 11/0 seed bead and three color B 11/0s. Repeat this four-bead sequence five times for a total of 24 beads. Tie the beads in a ring with a square knot, leaving a 6-in. (15cm) tail. Sew through the first A (FIGURE 1, a–b).
Round 2: Pick up four As, a B, and four As. Sew through the second A in the first round (b–c). Repeat until you have picked up a total of six groups of nine beads and are back at point b. Sew through the first A on round 2 (end at point d).
Round 3: Sew through the next two As on round 2 and pick up a B (d–e). Sew through two As on round 2 and pick up an A (e–f). Repeat until you are back at point d. Sew through three As, a B, and an A on round 2 (end at point g).
Round 4: Pick up four Bs, a color C 11/0, and four Bs. Sew through an A, a B, and an A from round 2 (g–h). Repeat until you are back at point g. Sew through two Bs from round 4 (end at point i).
Round 5: Pick up two Bs. Sew through two Bs on round 4 (i–j). Sew through an A, a B, and an A on round 2, and through two Bs on round 4 (j–k). Repeat until you are back at point i. Sew through two Bs, a C, and a B on round 4 (end at point l).
Round 6: Pick up eight As, a B, and eight As. Sew through a B, a C, and a B from round 4 (l–m). Repeat until you are back at point l. Sew through seven As on round 6 (end at point n).
Round 7: Pick up one B (n–o). Sew through seven As, a B, a C, and a B (end at point m). Repeat until you are back at point l. Sew through eight As, a B, and three As (end at point p).
Round 8: Pick up eight Bs, an A, a B, an A, and eight Bs (p–q). Sew through three As, a B, and three As (q–r). Pick up ten Bs, an A, and ten Bs. Sew through three As, a B, and three As (r–s). Repeat until you are back at point p.
Round 9: Sew through eight Bs (end at point t). Pick up an A and go through a B. Pick up a C, sew back through the B, the A, and the B, and go through seven Bs (end at point q). Sew through three As, a B, and three As on round 6 (end at point r). Sew through nine Bs on round 8 (end at point u). Pick up a C and sew through nine Bs on round 8. Sew through three As, a B, and three As on round 6 (end at point s). Repeat until you are back at point p.

2. Sew through seven Bs on round 8 and a C on round 9 (FIGURE 2, a–b). Pick up a 12 x 8mm crystal (b–c). Sew through a C on round 4 and go back through the crystal (c–d). Sew through the C on round 9. Go through seven Bs on round 8 (d–e). Sew through three As, a B, and three As on round 6 (e–f).

3. Sew through nine Bs on round 8 and a C on round 9 (f–g). Pick up a 12 x 8mm crystal (g–h). Sew through a C on round 4 and go back through the crystal (h–i). Sew through the C on round 9. Go through nine Bs on round 8 (i–j). Sew through three As, a B, and three As on round 6 (j–k).

4. Repeat steps 2–3 three times. Tie a half-hitch knot, sew through three beads, and cut the thread.

5. With the 6-in. tail, pick up the 8mm crystal and go through the opposite A on the first round (FIGURE 3, a–b). Sew through the 8mm crystal and the first A. Go through these beads again (end at point a). Tie a half-hitch knot, go through the next few beads, and trim the tail.

6. With a paintbrush, coat the seed beads, not the crystals, with varnish or floor wax to stiffen them. Let dry, then coat the other side.

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