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How to make a snowflake pendant - jewellery making tutorial

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How to make a snowflake pendant - jewellery making tutorial

Designed by: Marta Draganek

Difficulty: Intermediate

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In today's DIY tutorial, Marta will teach you how to make a snowflake pendant. Cat's eye beads, sparkling crystals and frosted Toho beads are the perfect materials to create sparkling winter jewellery. Marta will teach you how to easily conjure a snowflake pendant from small beads!

The pendant will be used to make effective earrings and charms bracelets, but snowflakes can be used not only as an element of jewellery. They will look fantastic as decorations, sewn onto a wool hat or a scarf, attached to a key ring. You can also use them as a phone charm. So let's get to work!

Materials needed:
TOHO ™ round 11/0 beads (2.3mm) in a clear/silver colour
Firepolish ™ 4mm round beads 
Cat's eye 4mm rounds or a 4mm round pearl 
Monofilament is ideal for this design or you could use Beadsmith ™ Fireline Thread and go back through the design to reinforce it. 
Earwires
Bead 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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We start by making the central part of the snowflake, i.e. a circle of small beads.

Step 1 Cut the cord about 80cm long. We thread 6 x 11/0 Toho beads on it. The beads should be halfway along the string.

First thread the right end of the line through all the threaded beads (starting from the left side), and then only through the first threaded bead. This way a circle will be formed when you draw the line.

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Row 2
The central part of the snowflake is in the form of a flower with six petals. In row 1 we have created its centre, in row 2, we will add a petal consisting of Fire Polish crystals and 4mm beads to each Toho bead.

We thread on the right cord [1 x Fire Polish, 1 x Toho, 1 x 4mm round, 1 x Toho]. As shown in the image

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Now thread both ends through your FP bead in opposite directions. Pull the ends tight. 

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Thread the left cord through the Toho bead adjacent to the crystal from which the line comes out. We can now add another petal. We thread the right cord  [1 x Toho, 1 x 4mm round, 1 x Toho].

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We thread the left end of the line [1 x Fire Polish]. Through the crystal, we pass the right end of the line and pull both ends evenly to create another petal.

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Repeat the previous step until a full lap is achieved. To close the last petal of our flower, we thread the left end of the line first through the Toho bead from the centre, and then through the Fire Polish crystal from the first petal. Thread one Toho bead on the right and left ends of the line. Thread a 4mm round bead on the left end of the line and thread the right end of the line through it in opposite directions. We pull both threads evenly so that the bead sits on the top of the last petal.

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Row 3

In the last row of Toho beads we will weave snowflake arms. We will now operate only with the left end of the line. We thread 6 Toho beads.

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We thread the line through the third threaded bead, working from the top to the bottom of the snowflake arm. We pull the fishing line to make a loop. We thread 2 Toho beads to complete the snowflake arm. We thread the end of the line through the adjacent 4mm bead from row 2.

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Continue until you have completed all the way around the snowflake. 

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Our snowflake is practically ready. It is now 3cm in diameter. In this form, it can be sewn on as a decoration for a hat, scarf or bag. If snowflakes are to be used as an element of jewellery, it will be necessary to make a pendant.

To do this, thread the end of the line through the beads to get to the top of one of the snowflake's arms. We thread 4 Toho beads and thread the line through the bead at the top of the arm again - this will create a loop to which you can attach earwires or a clasp. Tie a couple of knots in the design to secure your cord and cut any excess cord. 

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Be sure to share your lovely snowflakes on our Facebook page - we would love to see your work :).

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