12 Designs of Christmas Day 6 - How to Make a Beaded Angel - Handmade Christmas Ornaments
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Designed by: Alicja Czapla
On the 6th Design of Christmas my true love gave to me...a Beaded Angel Handmade Christmas Ornament! Designed by Alicja Czapla
I think everyone likes Christmas ornaments. I’ve prepared a tutorial for you in which I show how to make beaded angels which you can hang on a Christmas tree or put in some place in your home. They may seem difficult to make, but they definitely aren’t. I encourage all of you to make these angels. I’m sure you won’t settle for just one!
Supplies used in this project:
- TOHO beads – I used size 11/0 seed beads, but you may use 8/0 or 15/0 as well. The final size of the angel depends on the size of the beads used. I used 11/0 Silver-Lined Milky / Peach / and Mauve TOHO. Using fluorescent beads may be a very interesting idea.
- Beads – 1 x about 10mm to make a head of an angel – the size of this bead depends on the size of TOHO beads you choose (small TOHO – a smaller round bead, big TOHO – a bigger bead). It needs to be proportional. I used a Seastar bead.
- You may also need a small, 4mm bead – this will be a stopper bead to prevent a pin from falling out of the angel’s dress. The size of this bead should also be proportional to the size of the dress. I used a Seastar rondelle bead.
- Jewellery spacers – with zircons, or any other that will make the halo
- Jewellery thread – in a matching colour. I used S-Lon, but you may also use One-G.
- Jewellery pins – all the angel’s elements will be hung onto the pin. A 40mm long pin should be enough. Eye pins will be perfect.
- Jewellery needle – beading needles. They must be quite thin.
- Jewellery tools – round nose and side cutter pliers, sharp scissors
Additionally: clear nail polish to secure the knots.
Remember, our tutorials are mainly for learning the technique, so your angel may look completely different. Experiment with the colours and the size of the beads to achieve a different final effect. Making these angels is very addictive, so we think you won’t settle for only one!
Ready? So let’s begin!
As you have prepared everything, let’s get to work. Firstly, we will make a dress for our angel. To make it, we need 3 peyote triangles. We learnt how to make these triangles here.
Add one extra row of beads on one side of each triangle BUT only on one side (as the arrows show), omit the corners.
Make it the way that you can connect the elements together easily. You should have 3 identical triangles. It’s time to connect them. IMPORTANT! Make sure the triangles are placed as shown in the picture. The beads you added to one side should fit the places marked with the arrows.
Pass the needle through one of the beads at the corner of the 2nd triangle.
Pass the needle through the sticking out beads to connect both triangles.
Finally, pass the needle through the top bead of a triangle to make the beads lie flat and neat.
You need to hide the thread. Pass the needle towards the centre of the triangle towards the tail thread. Tie a knot with both threads and cut the threads. It’s good to secure the knot with some colourless nail polish.
Make sure to tie the knots on the same sides – the ones that will make the inside part of the dress. Connect the 3rd triangle the same way. Make sure the triangles are placed as shown in the picture.
3 triangles connected.
The dress is almost finished. We need to close it. Close it the same way as you connected the triangles. You should have a taper – that will be the dress.
The dress is finished so it’s time to make the angel’s wings. To make them you will need 1 peyote square. Here you can find a peyote square tutorial. Make your square as big as shown in the picture so that the wings will look nice.
Double the square and add 1 bead to each marked place and then connect the square the same way you connected the triangles.
The wings are finished.
Stitch the wings to the dress. Pass the needle through both elements several times. On the outside part of the wings, make sure to pass the thread through the beads the way that the thread won’t show. Then, pass the needle towards the place you want to tie a knot and it won’t show. Tie a knot, cut the threads and secure the knot with some nail polish.
Your angel should look like this now.
All you need to do now is attach a head and a halo. Thread a 4mm bead onto a pin.
Thread the dress onto the pin, then a 10mm bead and a spacer.
Cut the unneeded part of the pin leaving a small part to make a loop. Make a loop and your angel is finally finished.
The tutorial shows how to make the simplest version of an angel. You could also make frills on the dress. I made them adding a mix of size 8/0 TOHO beads after making the taper. You could also make wings in a different way, e.g. adding different beads instead of TOHO beads while stitching the square. I did some experimenting and here’s the effect.
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