Stephanie Eddy's White Ice Ornament, . , . This simple, age-old technique for twisting beads onto wire, can be used to create lovely, unique and fast decorative holiday ornaments.
White Ice Ornament
by Stephanie Eddy
  • Category: Non-Jewelry Items
  • Technique(s): Making Loops, Wrapping
  • Skill Level: Beginner
This simple, age-old technique for twisting beads onto wire, can be used to create lovely, unique and fast decorative holiday ornaments.
But, if you're running out of time this year, keep this technique in mind for later.
It can also be used to create a variety of decorative embellishments.
By substituting the beads for glass leaves and flowers, pearls, charms or gemstone chips, you can create jewelry, lamp switch pulls, dress up candle sticks and napkin rings, and make a birthday crown or beautiful tiara for a bride's special day.

Materials

26 Gauge Round Silver Plated Silver Copper Craft Wire - 90 ft
H17-I26-90FT
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20 Gauge Round Brushed Silver Enameled Craft Wire - 25ft
H5-S20-25FT
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6/0 crystal seed beads
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3/0 opaque white seed beads
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6mm frosted drop beads
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Tools

Chain Nose Wire Plier
G2-508
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Round Nose Wire Plier
G2-507
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C.H.P Milano Italian Flush Cutter, 5 1/2 Inches
PLR-487.00
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Instructions
Step 1:
Base Wire
Cut 14 inches of 20 gauge wire. Make a wire-wrapped loop at one end
Stephanie Eddy's White Ice Ornament - Base Wire, , , , make a wire wrapped loop
Step 2:
Working wire
Cut 72" of 26 gauge wire. Attach the wire through the top of the wire-wrapped loop, then wrap several times around the base under the last wrap. Trim the working wire tail. Leave the working wire.
Stephanie Eddy's White Ice Ornament - Working wire, , , , attach the 26 gauge wire
Step 3:
Bead pattern sequence
15 ea. size 6 crystal seed beads (A)
6 ea. size 3 opaque seed beads (B)
5 ea. 6mm frosted drop beads (C)
Repeat the pattern 4 times.
Pro Tip: Embellishment beads can be added one at a time or they can all be added to the working wire before beginning the technique. Make sure to twist the end or add a stop bead to the working wire to keep the beads from falling off.
Step 4:
Basic wire twist technique
Add 5 A beads to the working wire.
Stephanie Eddy's White Ice Ornament - Basic wire twist technique, , , , Add 5 beads
Step 5
Pinch the beads together, about 1/2" from the base wire, then twist the working wire until it meets the base.
Stephanie Eddy's White Ice Ornament - , , , , twist the wire
Step 6
Wrap the working wire around the base wire 5 times.
Stephanie Eddy's White Ice Ornament - , , , , wrap around the core wire 5 times
Step 7
Repeat Steps 4-6 two more times.
Stephanie Eddy's White Ice Ornament - , , , , add beads and twist wire
Step 8
Add 3 B beads to the working wire. Pinch the beads together and twist the wire to the base. Wrap the working wire around the base five times.
Step 9
Repeat Step 8.
Step 10
Add 1 C bead to the working wire. Twist the bead and wire to the base. Wrap the working wire around the base five times.
Step 11
Repeat Step 10 four more times.
Step 12
Continue the bead pattern sequence, using Steps 1-9 as a reference.
Step 13:
Adding wire
If additional working wire is needed, add as a follows (photos shown with contrasting wire).
Work until 4 inches of the original working wire remains. Lay a new length of 26 gauge wire along the base. Wrap the original wire around the base and the new working wire several times.
Stephanie Eddy's White Ice Ornament - Adding wire, , , , adding wire
Step 14
Complete the next bead pattern sequence, using the original working wire, and working over the base and new working wire. Finish the final five wraps around the base with the original working wire.
Trim the original working wire.
Trim the tail of the new working wire.
Using the new working wire, complete any remaining sequences in the bead pattern.
Stephanie Eddy's White Ice Ornament - , , , , add more petals
Step 15:
FInish
When the desired length of the ornament is completed, trim the working wire.
Make a wire-wrapped loop.
Stephanie Eddy's White Ice Ornament - FInish, , , , make a wrapped loop at the bottom
Step 16
For a twist, wrap the base of the completed project around a 4mm knitting needle, or other small diameter object.
Optional: decorative chain tassel.
Stephanie Eddy's White Ice Ornament - , , , , completed ornament
Stephanie Eddy's White Ice Ornament - , , , , twist the ornament
Stephanie Eddy's White Ice Ornament - , , , , ornament