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How Not To Do Christmas Decorations!

My plan for this post was to show an old-fashioned traditional German Christmas tree and how to replicate some of the ornaments used in a more modern way.

In the good old days there were no plastics, garish tinsel or flashing lights. Instead a lot of special cookies were baked and decorated, especially Lebkuchen and Pfefferkuchen. Nuts were gilded and apples polished. All were suspended from pretty ribbons and hung from the tree. Candles were attached to the branches with their own candle-cup clips and to finish it off  a little Engelshaar (angel hair) was spread sparsely over the tips of the branches to add some glitter. And the top of the tree was usually a golden star.

Because I live in the tropics I had to find a dough other than the traditional varieties for the simple reason that anything edible will attract the entire ant population from ten miles around plus other undesirables!

So, after a lot of research, I decided to use salt dough. Easy to make and easy to use, that is what…

Star Struck

Today I want to show you a different type of star. These are made from individual wires, beaded up
 with different sized beads, according to your fancy.
Size may differ depending on how many beads you use. Tools and materials needed:
20g wire
24g wire or decorative sparkly yarn
at least 12 beads with large holes which can take 2 wires
lots of smaller beads in complementary colours
round nose pliers
flat nose pliers
wire cutters
measuring tape or ruler

 To start cut 6 pieces of 20g wire 20cm long and straighten/ place 2 wires each together, centres crossing at an angle of about 60 degrees. Meaning evenly spaced.
See picture


Now cut about 30 to 40cm of 24g wire and use to wrap around the centre where the wires cross in spiderweb fashion until you feel the wires are secure.cut the thin wire and tuck in the ends to prevent

any snagging.
Straighten and align the long wires and measure that all have the same length. At this stage it is still possible to adjust.





Choose 6 beads with the larg…

Christmas tree jewellery

By this time six years ago  we were in the middle of uprooting ourselves, packing up our life possessions, in order to move to a new house. That was not an easy task, especially since our married daughters kept their former bedrooms as warehouses for their surplus belongings!

No Christmas preparations whatsoever that year! And much has happened in the intervening years which prevented me from working on my blog. But I was sorry to have neglected it for so long and have promised myself not to let that happen again.

And since Christmas is just round the corner again I want to start by giving you some ideas for Christmas tree jewellery. For this project you will need wire in either of the following gauges: brass 18g (1mm), or copper 16g (1.2mm) or aluminium 14g (1.4mm) and a matching wire in 24g (0.5mm). You will also want wire cutters , flat nose pliers, round nose pliers, hammer and anvil. And assorted beads in different sizes and colours of your choice! Start with about 50cm of your c…