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Rainbow Decoration - Home Decor Tutorial

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Rainbow Decoration - Home Decor Tutorial

Designed by: Mary Hughes

Difficulty: Beginner

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Follow talented Friend of Beads Direct Mary Hughes Home Decor Tutorial on how to make this stunning Crystal Rainbow Decoration. Mary created hers to hang in the window to show appreciation for the NHS and Key Workers during the 2020 Covid-19 Pandemic <3 It makes a beautiful sun-catcher and would look splendid adorning any window.

You could of course, use any combination of colours you wish and perhaps even switch out the large bicone beads for metal or fancy shaped beads. However you choose to personalise yours, we would love to see your finished designs in our Facebook Group!

Materials Used;

1.5mm wire - You could use either 1.25mm or 1.00mm base wire if using smaller beads.
0.31mm wire – wrapping wire  
FirePolish beads in rainbow colours: Red - Orange - Yellow - Green - Blue - Indigo - Violet (or as close as you can get the colours) – You can also use bicones, rounds or rondelles (you could use smaller crystals or size 6 seed beads and use thinner base wires and make a smaller rainbow) .
Clear crystal beads in the same size and type as the rainbow beads.
Clear crystal drop beads or clear bicone, rondelle or firepolish several sizes larger than the crystals for the rainbow.
Headpins
Eyepins
Chain
Jumprings
Tools - Wire cutters, Round nose pliers, Chain nose pliers x 2, Flat Nose Pliers  
Optional tools - Nylon jaw pliers, Whammer Hammer, Bench block, Leather Pad for bench block

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.

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Cut 1 length of wire- shortest one – be aware that this will determine the overall size of your rainbow decoration.

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Straighten the wire using either fingers or nylon jaw pliers then start to curve the wire into the curve of the rainbow.

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Once happy with the curve- using the largest part of round nose pliers, create a large loop on the outside at each end by turning the wire up. 

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Cut another longer piece of wire and follow steps 1 to 3 – making sure the curve at the bottom touches the outside of the loop of the smallest curve each side and matching the curve of the smaller wire.

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Repeat step 4 a further 6 times so you have increasingly larger curves with loops each end at the bottom (try to make the loops at the bottom all the same size).  The 8 curves should all nest inside each other with the loops creating a straight line at the bottom.

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This next step is optional- to harden each of the curves, I used a Whammer hammer using the nylon head, with a bench block and pad underneath.

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Starting with the smallest curve, the crystals can now be added – I did them in the rainbow colour order- violet on the smallest, then indigo, blue, green, yellow, orange and red.

Step 8

Using the 0.31mm wire – cut a long length, leaving a short tail, wrap the wire round the start of the curve, as close to the loop as possible – wrap the wire several times moving away from the loop, to secure it. 

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Step 9

Add a violet crystal to the wire – taking it to the bottom of the wire.  Then wrap the wire again twice round the base wire.

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Step 10

Repeat step 9 until get to the other side of the curve close to the loop- then wrap several times- same amount as the other end of the curve.

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Step 11

Cut the wrapping wire close to the base wire at both ends and using chain nose pliers, smooth the end down.

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Step 12

Repeat steps 8 to 11 a further 6 times with the other 6 colours – the largest curve doesn’t have any crystals on it.

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Step 13

Next step is to connect all of the curves together starting with the 2 smallest curves.  Cut a short piece of wrapping wire – about 5cms and start wrapping the wire round the inside of one of the loops on the 2nd curve, wrap the wire several times, and then take it round the outside of the loop on the smaller curve so they are attached- and the smaller curve sits inside the 2nd curve.  Wrap a few times round both and then just the 2nd curve.  Trim both tails and smooth.  Repeat on the other side.

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Step 14

Repeat step 13 for all of the curves so they are all attached to each other including the bare largest curve, you should now have your basic rainbow.

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Step 15

Cut a long length of wrapping wire and find the centre of the rainbow or as close to the centre where there is hopefully a line of gaps in between the crystals going up the rainbow. Wrap the wire round the bottom curve in between the gap closets to the centre, several times leaving a short tail.  Take the wire in between the gap in crystals in the row above and then down under the smallest curve at the same place as the several wraps, take it through a gap in the 3rd row and then under the 2nd row and so on up the rainbow until all of the rows are connected.  On the largest curve wrap the wire round several times to secure it.  Trim and smooth the tails at both ends. Make sure the wraps round the 2 wires are firm but not so tight that it bends the base wires or brings the wires too close together.

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Step 16

Find half way point between connection in middle and end of rainbow on both sides and repeat step 15 at these 2 points. 

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Step 17

Cut a length of chain to the length you want to hang the decoration on.

Step 18

Add a clear crystal bead to an eyepin and create a loop, repeat this one more time- add one of the crystal beads on eyepins to each end of the chain.  You can add more clear crystals- I have used 3 on each side for my decoration.

Step 19

Using a jumpring, attach one of the crystal bead ends to the top base wire of the rainbow- just below the one of the lines of wire connections half way between middle and end, attach the other end to the other side, again on the base wire, just below the wire connection line.

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Step 20

Cut 16 equal lengths of chain, these are for the bottom of the rainbow, its up to you how long you want to cut the lengths.

Step 21

Add one of the larger crystals (drop, bicone, rondelle or firepolish) bead to head pin and create a loop- repeat this 15 times. 

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Step 22

For the other crystals on the drops-this is up to you- I used 3 clear crystals on the 2 end drops, then 3 crystals in the colours matching each drop.  Add each crystal bead to an eye pin and created a loop, then joined the 3 crystal beads and one of the larger crystals from step 21, the last small crystal is then attached to one of the lengths of chain.

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Step 23

Each chain is attached to a loop at the bottom of the rainbow using jumprings. 

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Step 24

It's finished! We would love to see your on our Facebook Group. 

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