Saturday, 12 November 2016

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 large holes and place one on a pair of wires. push the bead close to the centre and use your fingers to open the wires to
prevent the bead from sliding off. Repeat with the
other 5 beads.
You can see how the points of the star start forming. Choose smaller beads and place a few on the 2 wires forming a point, adding a slightly larger bead in between if you wish.



When you think the point of the star is long enough or if the remaining wires get too short     place the 2  wire ends side by side and add           another bead with a large hole. Spread the wires open so the new bead doesn't slide off. Repeat 
with the remaining points. Now check the shortest wire end , measure and trim all the others to the same length. Use your round nose pliers and make tight little curls in each end. Then use the flat nose pliers to form a little spiral which will sit snugly beside the bead




The picture at the top shows how the finished star should look like plus variations.
Making a few of these stars will fire up your imagination and you will have the blingiest Christmas tree in town!



                                                                 



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