Thursday, May 27, 2010

Here's another easy Christmas craft to make!

I know it is early in the year, but Christmas will arrive before you realize it and you will be frantically trying to enjoy the holiday while being stressed out with decorating, cooking, shopping, mailing, etc.  Why not start now to make a few lovely crafts to decorate your home this year and then maybe make some cards in the evening while watching television.  Before you know it, you will have the house festively dressed and your cards in the mail early!  All you will have to do then is shop and cook.  I might even have a few suggestions to make those two things quick and painless, too!

So, here is another fun Christmas craft for you and your family to make. Make a bunch and use these to hang on the tree.

Beaded Christmas Angel

The pictorials are illustrated with spaces between beads for a clearer direction, in the actual beading, there should be no spaces.

Beaded Angel Charm

What you need:
1)  Long Bugle Beads size 11/0 (half a centimeter long bugles - transparent or
     silver white color)
2)  Glass seed beads size 12/0 (silver white) OR 2 Heart shaped Swarovski crystals.
3)  One Swarovski Round spacer Rondelles (8mm).
4)  One 8mm round Swarovski crystal (white or beige), three 4mm transparent and
     eight 3mm transparent Swarovski crystal bicones.
5)  One long head pin and one white or transparent 3mm bead of any type.
6)  Beading string (0.25mm) and Round tip pliers.
Crystal Angel Tutorial
Step 1: The skirt for the angel:
Cut a piece of short string, around 6 inches long.

  • Add six size 12/0 white bead right at the middle of the string (marked by the red dot). Crisscross the other string through the last bead added (shown where both arrow exits) Making a beaded circle.
 
Step 2: Continue to:
  • Add one long bugle, one 3mm crystal bicone and one last long bugle on the bottom (red) string.
    Crisscross the other side of the string (black) through the last long bugle added.
    Continue to pass the red string (the one you used to add new beads on this step) through one old size 12.0 white bead from step 1 marked with A.
Step 3: Continue to:
  • Add one 3mm crystal bicone and one last long bugle on the right (black) string.
    Crisscross the other side of the string (red) through the last long bugle added.
    Continue to pass the black string (the one you used to add new beads on this step) through one old size 12.0 white bead from step 1 marked with A.
Step 4: Continue to:
  • Add one 3mm crystal bicone and one last long bugle on the top (red) string.
    Crisscross the other side of the string (black) through the last long bugle added.
    Continue to pass the red string (the one you used to add new beads on this step) through one old size 12.0 white bead from step 1 marked with A.
Step 5: Continue to:
  • Add one 3mm crystal bicone and one last long bugle on the top (black) string.
    Crisscross the other side of the string (red) through the last long bugle added.
    Continue to pass the black string (the one you used to add new beads on this step) through one old size 12.0 white bead from step 1 marked with A.
Step 6: Continue to:
  • Add one 3mm crystal bicone and one last long bugle on the left (red) string.
    Crisscross the other side of the string (black) through the last long bugle added.
    Continue to pass the red string (the one you used to add new beads on this step) through one old size 12.0 white bead from step 1 and one old long bugle from step 2 marked with A and B.
   
Step 7: Continue to:
  • Add one last 3mm crystal bicone and tie off, pass the excess string back through the piece so that the knot will not come off so easily.
  • Now you have finished the skirt for the angel.
   
Step 8: The middle wing section for the angel:
Cut a piece of short string, around 4 inches long.

  • Add one one heart shaped crystal, one 4mm crystal, two 3mm crystal, one 4mm crystal, one heart shaped crystal and one last 4mm crystal, tie off and pass the excess string back through the piece so that the knot will not come off so easily.
  • Options for the wings of the angel:
    Use two heart shaped crystal or make two heart shape with size 11/0 silver white glass seed bead (just like the one in my photo). Click here for the tutorial to make the heart shape with seed beads. But remember you only need to follow the first three steps on that tutorial as you do not need double layered heart shape.
Step 9: Putting the Christmas Crystal Angel Charm together!
  • Take one long eye pin, add one 3mm bead of any kind as long as it is white or transparent.
  • Add on the bottom skirt piece.
  • Add on the middle Angel wings piece.
  • Add on one 8mm beige or peach color Swarovski crystal.
  • Add on one Swarovski Round spacer Rondelle.
  • Cut away excess tip of the head pin, leaving only around 1cm for curling. Bent the excess 1cm head pin tip with pliers into a 90 degree angle bent.
  • Use a round tip pliers to curl the head pin tip into a closed loop.
  • Now you can add it to either your necklace chain, charm hook or even make one more and add earring hooks on to wear as earrings.
How to make a Crystal Angel
Here's the link to the original post where you will find even more fun Christmas Crafts!
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