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How to Make a Bicone Snowflake - Decoration Tutorial

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How to Make a Bicone Snowflake - Decoration Tutorial

Designed by: Lindsay McDonald

Difficulty: Beginner

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This twinkly snowflake would make a lovely gift, an excellent addition to your Christmas tree or even as a unique gift tag to create a luxurious feel on a loved one's present.
What more excuse do we need for some seasonal beading? Let's stitch!

Materials needed:
*1x Geometric Circle Base 18mm
*1 x Geometric Circle Base 30mm
*1 x Bangle Base 63mm
*50 x 4mm bicones
*Size 8/0 main colour seed beads (8M)
*Size 8/0 accent colour seed beads (8A)
*Size 11/0 main colour seed beads (11M)
*Size 11/0 accent colour seed beads (11A)
*Beading thread - I prefer BEADSMITH Fireline
*Jump Ring - I used a 6mm
*Ribbon
*Needle
*Scissors

Our tutorials are for inspiration and learning purposes. They include links to the relevant categories for you to choose your own colour combinations and we positively encourage you to experiment with different shapes, sizes, finishes, composition and texture. Why not choose your own beads and colours to achieve something in your own style? Let your imagination run wild and make your dream piece of jewellery.

Please note that the colours for the products illustrated in the image above may not match the 'Products List'. 

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On 4 arm's length of thread, pick up eight 11M.

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Sew through all eight beads again to form a ring. Tie firmly to keep the beads snuggly together, then sew through a couple of beads.

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Pick up a bicone and 11M. Place the small hoop over the thread, with all of the beads inside it.

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With the thread over the top of the hoop, sew back through the 11M, bicone and the next 11M in the centre ring.

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Gently, pull the thread so that the outer 11M is held firmly against the hoop.

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Repeat this step all around the piece until you have added eight bicones and eight outer 11M. Try to keep this "star" spaced evenly. Finish by exiting the first added outer 11M.

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Next, pick up a bicone and place the medium hoop over the thread.

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Pass the thread over the top of the medium hoop, through the bicone,  over the top of the small hoop and back through the outer 11M and the inner bicone.

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Then, sew through the next 11M in the centre ring.

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Continue working around the piece, sewing up through the bicone and outer 11M, under the small hoop, adding a bicone and under the medium hoop. Then, returning to the centre by the same path, but going over the two hoops instead. Finish by exiting the first outer bicone added in this stage.

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Now we are going to use a technique called brick stitch around the edge of the medium hoop using 8M and 8A alternately. To do this, pick up 8M and 8A.

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Pass the thread under the medium hoop, back through the 8A, in the opposite direction, with the needle first passing over the medium hoop.

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Pick up 8M and pass under the medium hoop.

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Continue working around the medium hoop,  adding alternate colour size 8/0 seed beads, fitting four between each of the bicones. Each time a size 8/0 is added, pass the needle under then over the hoop, passing through the size 8/0. Finish by sewing down through the first 8M added.

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After that, sew up through the next 8A.

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Then, pick up 11M, bicone, 11M.

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Now, sew down through the next 8A and under the medium hoop.

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With the needle passing over the medium hoop, sew through the 8A and back up through the second 11M.

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Pick up a bicone and 11M.

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Continue around the medium hoop, picking up a bicone and 11M  then passing through the 8A, under the hoop, back through the 8A and 11M. To fill the last space pick up only the bicone.

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Next, sew through the first 11M added in this stage, through an 8/0 and under the hoop.

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Passing over the hoop, sew back up through an 8/0 and the nearest 11M.

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Then, sew through a bicone.

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After that, pick up 8M and sew through the next bicone.

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Continue working around the piece in this way until you exit the first 8M added in this stage. Then, pick up six 11M.

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Sew through the next 8M. In the same way, continue around the piece picking up six 11M and sewing through the 8M.

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After exiting an 8M, sew up through the first three 11M added. Pick up 8M.

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Then, sew down the next three 11M,  through the 8M and up through the next three 11M. Continue around the piece repeating this step for each "point". Finish by exiting the first 8M added  in the centre of the 11Ms.

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Pick up 11M, bicone, 11M and sew through the 8M that forms the "point".

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Continue around the piece until all of the bicones are added. At this stage I sewed through all of the beads in the outer circle once more for strength. Exit one of the 8M at a "point".

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In this step we will add our final hoop. Pick up three 11M and place the hoop over the thread. Then pick up three more 11M.

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Now we will attach the hoop and beads together by passing the second set of three 11M over the hoop. Then sew through the 8M which was sewn through in the last step. In the photograph you can see that the thread wraps around the hoop with three 11M on each side.

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Continue in this way until the whole circle of beads is attached to the hoop. Exiting from the first three 11M added in this stage with the thread in front of the hoop

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Without passing around the hoop, sew down through the next three 11M and through the 8M.

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Then, sew up through the next three 11M.

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Continue sewing through all of the 11M added in this stage and the 8M between. This serves to straighten the 11M up and adds strength. Exit after three 11M where they meet the hoop.

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Now, we are going to brick stitch around the largest hoop in alternating 8M and 8A. Repeat steps 11-13, making sure that there is an 8A where the six 11M meet the hoop, and three 8/0 between each "point" for even spacing. Note: for neatness and strength, when brick stitching this section, when adding an 8A above a "point", as you pass under the hoop, sew through the threads holding the 11M and gently pulling them towards the inside of the hoop to hide them. Exit through 8A.

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Sew through your piece until you exit 8M.

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Then, pick up four 11M and sew through the next 8M in the brick stitch row.

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In the same way, continue to add four 11M between the 8M. Exit from an 8M.

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Next, sew through two 11M and pick up an 11A.

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Then, sew down through the next two 11M.

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Gently, tug the thread to make the 11A sit nicely between the four 11M.

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Continue around the piece, adding an 11A between the four 11M. Exit through the first added 11A.

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Pick up four 11A and a jump ring. Sew through the nearest group of 11M and the 11A several times to form a strong loop.

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Attach some ribbon. Your snowflake is now complete.

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