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Approximate Time: 30 minutes
Cut your wire 36 inches and find center. String 3 E beads, then 1 black seed bead, then another E bead, then 1 black bead. With the end of your wire you will then go back through the 3 colored beads, so you have the 'eyes' on top. Make sure you are at center of the wire, then pull wire snug.
Now you are ready to start the first set of wings on the R side. Take the end of the wire and string 1 E and1 bugle, 1 E, and 1 bugle, 1 E and 1 bugle, then the last E bead and bugle. You will now have a total of 8 beads for each per wing.
Now with the end of wire, go back through the first very starting E bead. This will be your upper wing.
For the lower wing do the same procedure. Do the same for L side set of wings also.
Now you are ready to start the body. String on 3 E beads, and bring the opposite side wire through these 3 beads and pull snug and make even.
Next string on 2 with the wire, then string 1, then twist the wire 2-3 times at the bottom of the very last bead. You will have plenty of wire to place your butterfly into floral arrangement. Adjust the wings carefully into nicely shaped wings. Voila! You are finished!
By CDC from FL
Approximate Time: about 2 hours
Insert 2 1/2 inches of all five lengths of wire through end of toggle clasp, wrap ends around wire. Try to keep them close together. Secure wire ends and trim excess.
String green seed beads on each wire, until desired length is achieved.
When stringing beads onto each strand secure remaining strands to surface with tape, this just helps keep everything together.
Hold the outer two wires on each side together to form three and braid wires together.
Insert wire ends through remaining half of clasp: secure in same manner as step 1. Trim excess wire.
By Tammy from Parry Sound, ON
Lovely beaded Christmas Tree ornaments or package decorations. Great for reflecting the many colors from your Christmas trees lights and very easy to assemble. Start now and have enough to share with friends and relatives.
Approximate Time: 20-25 minutes
Bend the wire into a small circle at one end to keep the beads from falling off as they are threaded on. Thread beads one at a time onto the wire. Alternate colors and bead shapes to your liking.
If making a straight ornament, make another loop at the remaining end of the wire to keep the beads on the wire. If you plan on making a circular (wreath-shaped) ornament, take the two ends of the wire and twist them together. Leave enough free wire at one end to fashion a small loop for the ornament hanger to slip through. Spiral shaped ornaments are made like a straight ornament and then wrapped around a marker, pencil or other cylindrical object. Slide the ornament off the object gently to maintain the spiral shape.
Ribbon can be added to the top or bottom of the ornaments if desired. Hang ornaments on your tree or attach as an accent to packages wrapped for gift-giving!
A good source of beads for this projects can be found by purchasing strands of beaded garland. Take the garland apart and use the individual beads to make ornaments. Be sure the garland you buy has individual beads with a hole and is threaded onto a string. The top picture is an example of beaded garland.
By Pam from McMinnville, TN
This is a guide about decorating candles with beads and wire. Turn plain candles into unique decorative focal points.
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I am looking for instructions to the wire bead trees. My mom use to make them with the tri beads and wire. She would twist the limbs then twist them into a tree trunk.
By Karen from Riverside, CA
Don't know if this is what you are looking for, but here is a tutorial.