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Sunday, November 27, 2011

Making Beaded Snowflakes

At this time of year, I particularly enjoy making snowflakes.  Even though they are a relatively small project for me, they completely take over my beading space when I work on them.  My beading mat fills up with dozens of tiny piles of beads.  

I like to mix many different textures, shapes, sizes and colors.  I mostly use glass beads, but sometimes I add a pearl, shell or gemstone bead.  So far I have used bright colors sparingly, which is why some of my bead piles are so small.

It is amazing how many different kinds of white there are.  So far my work has been strictly in cool whites; I haven't even broken into my boxes of warm cream colors yet.  I want to make some ivory snowflakes too, maybe with amber touches.

Each snowflake has been unique - I make up the pattern as I go along.  This takes longer than working from a set pattern.  Sometimes I try something that doesn't work very well and it takes me several tries to get the get a snowflake to look right.  I keep meaning to make copies of some of my favorite snowflakes so far, but it's more fun to try something new.

How about you?  Do you have a favorite winter project?


  1. This must be like a meditation with a mandala. Because in many ways a snowflake is like a mandala, right?
    I don't have a recurring winter theme, but I am working on a new bracelet with an eye ball. After that, I must do something seasonal for the EBEG team's first challenge, winter wonderland. Probably something white black and red...

  2. I suppose beading is a bit like meditation.

    I love white black and red together. It is such a classy color combination.

  3. Connie -- I LOVE these! I like your colour choices too. I bet they sell like hotcakes at Christmas fairs!!
    have a lovely week,

  4. Those are so cool! I can see why you enjoy making them :)

  5. The snowflakes are beautiful! They would be pretty on a tree, to decorate a package, or hang anywhere! Love them.

  6. I love seeing your thought/work process behind the snowflakes! I don't often feel like recreating the same designs either.

    I love making Christmas button charm bracelets. That's probably my favorite winter project.

  7. Wow! Lots of beads ~ very creative snowflakes ~ my thing is painting, collage and photography thanks, namaste, Carol ~ Happy Autumn Hop ^_^

  8. I made snowflake ornaments as gifts a few years back! I wasn't nearly so organized, though - cute lil bead piles. ^.^

    Btw, thank you so fairy much for participating in my last seasonal blog hop. I hope you'll come join the Winter Blog Hop fun, too.


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