These snowflakes are a gorgeous addition to any decorating projects. Naturally, they are associated with Christmas, but by selecting different colours, they could be showcased year round in windows and in other home dec designs.
They are a simple concept with unlimited possibilities for ornamentation. Frames are available in three sizes.
When I want to create a snowflake I usually pre select the beads to see if I can create an interesting pattern. The wire will even accept 4mm Swarovski bicone beads, so I can use almost any bead in my collection.
The wire is silver plated and is very strong. I would not recommend shaping the prong ends or cutting it with my good jewelry making tools. I have been using an older set of tools and a pair of pliers from my regular tool box to finish my snowflakes. This is not intended for children. If you want to have children participate, have them design their snowflake, but adults should finish the prong ends if the wire is being manipulated.
You also want to remind yourself to leave about 1/2 inch of wire if you plan to bend the prong ends.
If you don’t leave enough wire, this will happen. It might hold your beads, but it does not look finished and may catch on clothes or curtains.
I have strong hands, so I am able to make a rounded edge.
Since you have to do this six times, you’ll find that you will get better and better at leaving just the right amount of wire on each snowflake prong.
I have also discovered that making a flatter prong end with regular pliers looks just a pretty.
You just want to be sure to close this gap to keep your snowflake perfect.
You could also use a combination of glued ends with bent wire ends.
For this snowflake I glued small beads to 5 of 6 prong ends. I only bent one of the prong wire ends so I could hang my ornament with wire or ribbon.
The classic tree ornament hook can be used to display these pretty snowflakes.
When you design your snowflakes, you’ll find that by changing the centre beads, you can get a tighter grouping. Mixing and matching makes this enjoyable.
I used chiffon ribbon to finish these. You could also use rattail, satin ribbons, cotton cords and even a thinner leather cord.