Video:Beaded Snowflake: How to Add the Picotswith 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 start the the beaded snowflake.See Transcript
Transcript:Beaded Snowflake: How to Add the Picots
Hi my name is Ana Pizarro from Caravan Beads of Chicago here today for About.com. Today we're going to be talking about how to add the picots to your beaded snowflake. A beaded snowflake is such a great project. Even if you are a beginner, you will be able to make it. And it's not only an ornament. You can wear it as a nice piece of jewelry such as a pendant or a pair of earrings.
Supplies for the Beaded Snowflake
First I'll show you all the supplies you need. Although you can use different sizes of beads, today we're going to try it with a size 6 mm Swarovski crystal. We're going to also use some size 8 seed beads. And we're going to use fire line thread. It's a fishing line and people like to use it. 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. In order to make a loop, I'm going to be stringing twelve size 8 seed beads.
Follow the Beading Pattern for the Snowflake
Push the beads down toward the stopper bead. Go through all of those 12 seed beads one more time and pull the string. This is how you create a nice loop. Now we are ready to start our picot. In order to do that, just pick up three seed beads, skip the bead which is next to the thread and go through the next. Notice that I'm working counter clockwise. In order to continue just keep stringing three more seed beads, skip the very next bead after the thread and go through the next.
So once again just keep adding more picots all the way around. It's a good idea to keep up your tension so it's good to pull it. Don't keep it too loose. Notice at this point I'm going through the very first bead which is right under my picot. That's where you want to finish this row.
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