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Bead wreath ornament

Simple wreath ornaments brighten holiday trees or gifts.
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If you want a wreath design that’s more you and less yuletide, string whatever combination you like — just make sure the beads have holes large enough to accommodate the memory wire.

SUPPLIES

  • 8 18mm round beads
  • 3 5mm red round beads
  • 6 3mm red round beads
  • 6 6/0 seed beads
  • flexible beading wire, .014 or .015
  • memory wire, bracelet diameter
  • 12 in. (30cm) ribbon, 3⁄4 in. (1.9cm) wide
  • 9 1 1⁄2-in. (3.8cm) head pins
  • crimp bead
  • chainnose and roundnose pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters
  • crimping pliers (optional)
  • heavy-duty wire cutters (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS

 

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1. On a head pin, string a 3mm bead. Make a wrapped loop. Repeat with a 5mm bead. Make six 3mm-bead units and three 5mm-bead units.
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2. Separate one-and-a-half coils of memory wire from a stack of coils. Hold the wire with chainnose pliers and bend it back and forth at one place until the wire breaks. You also can use heavy-duty wire cutters. Do not use jewelry-weight wire cutters.
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3. Using roundnose pliers, make a small loop on one end of the memory wire.
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4. String a 6/0 seed bead and an 18mm round bead. Repeat seven times, substituting a cluster (two 3mm units and one 5mm unit) for the 6/0 three times. End with a 6/0.
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5. Trim the wire to 1⁄2 in. (1.3cm) and make a loop next to the last bead.
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6. Cut a 12-in. (30cm) piece of ribbon. String it through both loops and tie a bow. Cut a 5-in. (13cm) piece of beading wire. String it through both loops. String both ends through a crimp bead and crimp the crimp bead. Trim the excess ribbon and wire.

Design options!
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Make a cream-colored wreath with vintage pearls and seed beads. Tie a bow with a pale-colored ribbon.
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Try a wreath with different shades of green (I used 8mm round beads and 9mm rondelles).

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