Video:Beaded Snowflake: How to Add the Final Row and Hangerwith Ana Pizarro
A beaded snowflake follows a step by step pattern that requires some patience but will be a beautiful decorative piece of beaded jewelery or ornament when completed. Watch this About.com video to see how to finish the the beaded snowflake.See Transcript
Transcript:Beaded Snowflake: How to Add the Final Row and Hanger
Hi my name is Ana Pizarro from Caravan Beads of Chicago here today for About.com. Today I'll be showing you how to add the last row of netting of your beaded snowflake. I'm also going to show you how add an optional beaded hanger.
Before the Last Row of the Beaded Snowflake
At this point, you would already have your loop, your picots, and two rows of netting in your beaded snowflake.
First I'll show you all the supplies you'll need. Although you can use different sizes of beads, today we're going to try it with the size 11 0 seed bead. We're going to call it the color C seed bead. We're going to use fire line thread. It's a fishing line thread which people like to use. You don't need to wax it so it's a really good idea. We're also going to use a size 12 beading needle. And finally we're going to use some scissors.
Follow the Beading Pattern to Net the Snowflake's Last Row
Now I'm going to show you how to do the last layer of netting of the beaded snowflake. And I will be stringing seven size 11 0 seed beads. Next thing to do is go through the same center bead. Don't go through the same side where your thread is. Go through the very next seed bead after the crystal color B. Remember I'm using size 11s. You can totally use other sizes, just make sure yo have enough needs to fit in between those two points.
We're going up into the bead before the crystal of your next net. Go through the next crystal without adding any seed beads. I'm repeating this pattern six times until I get back to my first net. Now I'm connecting my last net back to the first where I started.
Adding a Hanger for a Beaded Snowflake Ornament
Instead of cutting my thread, I'm going to show you today how to add an optional beaded hanger. First thing I want to go into the crystal. Then I want to go through the seed beads until I get to the center point. Today I'm making an ornament and I will be stringing sixteen seed beads. Next thing that I want to do is go through the same middle seed beads. Pull it, and that's how you create your loop.
Finish the Beaded Snowflake With a Half Hitch Knot
In order to finish this project, it's a really good idea to make at least five half hitch knots. A half hitch knot is a knot that people will make to finish their project. What I'm doing right now is I'm going under the thread, next thing to do is pull it through, but don't go all the way. You want to create a little loop that you want to go through. Gently pull it so the knot gets to be in between the beads. Again I recommend to make this at least five times. This is the last step to finish your beaded snowflake. You want to cut the thread as close as possible.
Today I showed you how to add the last row of netting to your beaded snowflake. We also added a beaded hanger which is optional. To see more about the steps on how to make this project, visit us at About.com