Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Snowflake #34 Ornament pattern

One of my favorite things to bead are Snowflakes. When ever I am stressed, and need something relaxing to do, I make snowflakes. They work up fast and sparkle when held up to the light. If you use Swarovski crystals and put your snowflake in the windows you will get rainbows on your walls. I try to make each one different just like real snowflakes. No two snowflakes are alike. 

















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S = Miyuki® 11/0 seed, 247 beads

 R = Round

The snowflakes are done in Rounds. Each Round begins at the red dot in drawing


 Start by waxing and stretching your thread. Use Fireline, Nymo D or C-Lon and an #11 or #12 beading needle.  Tie in a “stopper” bead, leaving about a 8-10” tail and begin at step #1. I like using Fireline® fishing line, 4lb and 6lb Crystal for bead weaving.




Round 1
Pick up 6S, make a circle and go with thread through the 1st S bead just added. Continue with working thread around through all 6 beads again, plus go through the 1st bead again. Circle of 6 made, (C6).
 











Round 2

 a) Pick up 12S, go with thread down through the 5th through 1st S beads just added in this step and forward (right to left) through the next S bead in C6.
 b) Repeat (a), around 5 more times
 c) Continue with working thread forward through the 1st through 8th S beads in the first repeat of (a) this Round.


Round 3
a) Pick up 3S, go with thread down through the 10th, 11th, and 12th S beads, R2a.
b) Pick up 5S, go with thread up through the 6th, 7th and 8th S beads in the next repeat of (a), R2.
c) Repeat (a and b) around 5 more times.
d) Continue with working thread up through the 1st S bead in the first repeat of (a) this Round.
Round 4
a) Pick up 5S, go with thread down through the 3rd S bead, R3a, the 10th and 11th S beads, R2a.
b) Pick up 6S, go with thread up through the 7th and 8th S beads in the next repeat of (a), R2, and the 1st S bead, R3a.
c) Repeat (a and b) around 5 more times.
d) Continue with working thread forward through the 1st and 2nd S beads in the first repeat of (a) this Round.
Round 5
a) Pick up 3S, go with thread down through the 4th and 5th S beads, R4a.
b) Pick up 3S, go with thread left to right through the 3rd and 4th S beads, R4b.
c) Pick up 3S, go with thread up thrugh the 1st and 2nd S beads in the next repeat of (a), R4.
d) Repeat (a, b and c) around 5 more times.
e) Weave the working thread into the snowflake and end.
Making Hangers for your Snowflake
1. Make it with beads, make a loop with as many beads as you would like,
2. or use a piece of fishing line, making it invisible with mono-filament,
3. or a piece of pretty ribbon. Add ribbon after your snowflake is stiffened.

Finishing
After the snowflake is complete, you can stiffen it with SC Johnson Floor Finish (Sc Johnson #11182 27oz Pledge Futureshine). It is a great stiffener, it stays clear even on the crystals. Test it first if you use seed beads with dyed colors to make sure the floor finish doesn’t remove the colors.

Pour enough of the finish into a small container that is wide enough for the ornament. Float the ornament into the Future and push it around a bit with your finger.
(After I am done with the floor finish, I use a funnel and pour the extra back into the bottle)

Take the ornament out and blot both sides with a paper towel.

Put the ornament on a piece of wax paper, shape and flatten it and let it remain on the wax paper to dry. (If you use plastic-wrap, the beads can stick a bit to the wrap, so it needs to be moved around a bit to prevent this from happening.) If your ornament needs a little extra flattening, use two pieces of wax paper and sandwich your ornament in between; put a book on top of the wax paper for about an hour. Take the book and the top piece of wax paper off the ornament and let dry overnight on the bottom piece of wax paper.

Sandra D. Halpenny © 2007 - 2013 All rights reserved,
This pattern may not be copied in any way without the express written permission of the author.

 
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Below are more Snowflake Ornament patterns available
Snowflake #82 Ornament Pattern
Snowflake #36 Ornament Pattern Snowflake #81 Ornament Pattern

Snowflake #33 Ornament Pattern 

5 comments:

linda said...

Thank you, Sandra, for the beautiful snowflake. I love making your patterns. You are an awesome designer!

Lucy L. said...

Sandra, I am very new to beading, (have never beaded at all) and need to learn all the very basics, threading, knotting, etc. Any suggestions for an ambitious senior? Also places to order beads and supplies that I nwould need, I am no longer able to drive. So everything has to cme from online sources. I love your designs, you are very talented! Thanks for any suggestions.
Lucy

Sandra D Halpenny said...

Hi Lucy L. You should try: http://beadwork.about.com/
they have great tips for beginners

aysel melike said...

very nice .tahank you
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asusana57 said...

made this today. your instructions are really clear and easy to follow. It turned out beautifully. thankyou for sharing your designs.

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