12 Designs of Christmas Day 4 - Snowflake Tealight Holder
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Designed by: Wendy J Cooper
On the 4th Design of Christmas my true love gave to me...a Snowflake Tealight Holder!
Whilst I never get bored of snowflakes, I’ve often thought about what else I could use wire snowflake forms for. Luckily the wire is fairly easy to bend into a simple shape and the idea came to me for tealight holders.
The great thing about these frames is you get to decide what you want to use for the design. You just have to remember to adjust it if your bead sizes are different to those that I used.
Any thin wire would work as long as it will pass through all of the beads used. You can use any thread or nylon but remember you can’t use a real flame candle in the holder with anything that can melt or catch fire!
Tip: It’s important to keep your thread pulled tight to keep the design stable and the glue at the final stage must stick the beads strongly to the prongs otherwise the whole lot can fall off!
You may need a needle although wire should be alright without.
Take a cup that has a base the same diameter as a tealight and turn it upside down.
Place the snowflake over it and with a finger holding it down in the middle bend the prongs downwards around the cup edge.
Remove from the cup and turn over. Using your fingers and thumb gently bend a little more on each prong.
The bends should have a slight angle and not be totally upright.
Make sure your tealight fits.
Thread 6 x 4mm bicones (U4552) onto each prong. You may have to slightly adjust the prongs to allow the beads to pass over the bend before adjusting back again.
Cut 125-150cm of wire and using 3mm bicones (U4551) thread on 2, pushing the wire back through the 2nd bead. And tie a knot. Add another making sure that the excess wire from the knot is threaded through any new beads you add. It is important to keep pulling the wire tight throughout this project. You should now have 3 beads threaded onto the wire.
This shows the pattern
Thread on 1 x BG0827 Candy bead making sure that the wire goes through the bottom hole and the domed top is facing towards you with the flat of the bead facing away. Add 3 bicones and wrap once around a prong and pop a 6mm blue bicone (S6421) on top of the wrapped bit. Add 3 bicones, another candy and 3 bicones and wrap once around the next prong and add a 6mm blue bicone. Make sure the candy beads are threaded correctly and facing the right way. Repeat this pattern until you get back to the beginning but finish with 3 bicones.
Now thread the wire through the first 3 beads and in through the top hole of the candy. Pull tight.
Thread on 4 x 3mm bicones, wrap around the prong and add another 4 x 3mm bicones before threading through the top of the next candy. Then add 4 more bicones and wrap the next prong. Continue this pattern until you get to the beginning.
Now we will add a row of 4 x 6mm blue bicones (S6421) and wrap around the prong. Repeat all the way around to the start. Try your tealight and adjust the prongs if needed while pulling the wire tight.
Add 3 x 4mm bicones and then push the wire through the 1st and 2nd blue bicones, then add 3 x 4mm’s and push the wire through the 4th blue bicone. Continue to thread on 3 x 4mm bicones and go through every other blue bicone until you have gone all the way around.
Reinforce by going through the 4mm & the 6mm bicone in-between all the way around. Tie and trim pushing any excess wire through beads.
Glue the last beads in place. We want to use enough glue that it will be secure but not too much that it shows on the beads. Place a small amount of glue on the bottom of a 4mm bicone and slide it glue side down onto a prong. Then do the same with an 8x10mm crystal. Now add a little glue to the top of this crystal, pop another bicone on the top and place a very small amount of glue on the top. The glue should fall down through the bead hole as it dry’s. Ideally when these last 3 beads are glued, they should not move at all when dry but the most important one is the last one which should definitely not move.
Do this on all the prongs. If we get it right the last beads should be flush with the ends of the prongs.
When dry you can pop your tealight in and use your tealight holder.
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