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Oct. 22nd, 2008 @ 10:42 pm [Tutorial] Snowflake Charm
Again, I'm sorry for late update. Life is hard sometime.

Tutorial : Snowflake Charm
Level : Beginner
Technique : Crossweaving




This snowflake is very easy to make. It uses only six crystals and few seed bead.

Pictures are under cut.







The design and pattern are from this Japanese Book.

Equipment :
- Swarovski Bicone Crystal 4 mm.
- Seed Bead
- Fishing Nylon Thread.

This design needs a lot of beading into the same seed beads. I recommend the small size nylon thread. And you can also use Czech bead, pearl or other stones instead of crystal. This pattern requires only 6 crystals.

1.



Cut the thread aroun 90 - 100 cm. Make a circle of six seed beads.

2.



Pick up the lower thread. Add one crystal and five seed beads. Cross both threads at the crystal (red arrow).

3.



Put the inner thread into the next circle seed bead we made in step 1 (red arrow). Pick up the outside thread to add five seed beads. Cross both threads at a crystal (green arrow).

4.



Repeat Step 2 and Step 3 around the circle. After you add the last crystal, pick up the inner thread, put it in the seed bead (red arrow) and to the first crystal (green arrow).

5.



Add two seed beads to each thread and join them at a seed bead (red arrow).

6.



Add one seed bead to each thread and join them at a seed bead. Do this another two more.

7.



Put the threads back into the seed beads. Join them at the previous joint seed bead (red arrow).

8.



Put each thread into the next seed bead at each side (red and green arrow). Add three seed beads to each thread. Put each thread into the same seed bead we start this step (red arrow and green arrow).

9.



Now return the threads to the joint seed bead (red arrow) and down to the base joint seed bead (green arrow). Pull the thread tight and arrange all the seed beads in place. We finish one leg of the flake.

10.



Now we will move to other leg. Pick up the right thread and put it in the seed beads. Follow the way I highlight in the photo. The thread will be in the middle seed beads of the left leg.

11.



Pick up the other thread, again, follow the highlight I made in the photo. Your threads will cross each other at the middle seed bead (red arrow).

Repeat Step 6 to 11.



Like I said, this charm is very easy and use few bead. You can make a cell phone charm like I did. Or to be more creative, just add ear wires or make a snowflake necklece. It will be very lovely.

Happy Beading.
 
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From:natalies_perlen
Date:October 23rd, 2008 11:25 am (UTC)
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wow! very beautiful! what a nice idea for a small present!
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From:beejang
Date:October 23rd, 2008 04:27 pm (UTC)
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Yes! Last New Year, my mother asked me to make lots of these snowflake cell phone charms for her friends. I wonder what she want this year. LOL!
From:hiriel1804
Date:June 13th, 2009 04:15 pm (UTC)
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As I'm running out of crystals, this was the first of your tutorials I tried, since it only uses 6, and I think it looks very nice!
Here's the snowflake I made, with blue crystals, and clear seed beads:


I thought as I made it that the inner ring, without the "legs" of the snowflake, makes a good flower, and then I realised that the inner ring is the same pattern as in this:

Except that three of the five seed beads in each hoop is replaced by a crystal, and an extra seed bead is added between the outer crystals by going round the outer ring once after the rest is finished. This is a pattern from a book I had years ago, which I've lost, and it's part of a ring (that's why it curls up a bit), on two opposite outer crystals you'd attach the ring itself, which could be made like the legs of the snowflake, for example.
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From:beejang
Date:June 20th, 2009 04:31 am (UTC)
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Yes, most flower patterns start like this. Then we can add many ideas to it.
I love the color of your snowflake. Very clever!
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From:sunflowergurl3
Date:July 9th, 2009 09:44 am (UTC)
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At last I was able to scan my snowflakes I made. At first I found them difficult to make and then after making the third one I found I did not need to read the instructions.
Crystral Snowflake Charms
From:halftanuki
Date:December 19th, 2010 03:17 am (UTC)
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I adore this design! I'm new to beading and struggled to make 2 of these using soft monofilament line 0.28 mm / 8 lbs as it was too thick to thread through a beading needle (I threaded them by hand).



I attempted a 3rd using white Nymo thread & it was MUCH easier because I could use needles, but the result was a floppy snowflake =(



Can anyone please tell me some brands and/or kinds of nylon thread available in the USA to use for this project and others on the site? Do most of the tutorials use the same kind of nylon thread? I'm eager to attempt several other projects here!

Many thanks for sharing all the tutorials!
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From:beejang
Date:December 24th, 2010 06:10 am (UTC)
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I threaded them with my hands too. ^^ But my nylon thread is strong and easy to thread with hands.

Sadly, I can't help you with nylon thread since most brands you have are not available in my country.
From:Lois Almudarris
Date:October 3rd, 2013 09:26 pm (UTC)
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For us Americans, how many inches for the thread?
Thanks, Linda
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From:beejang
Date:October 4th, 2013 04:35 am (UTC)
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Around 40 inches.

Actually, I don't always measure the exact length. For this charm, it's around one arm and a foot. :-)
From:bunnee61
Date:December 28th, 2014 12:57 pm (UTC)

I really love making these

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I really love making these and I am using Beadalon Supplemax .25mm cord but I still have a problem with my finished projects curling a lot. I have beaded using thread and needle and I really do not want to go back to using a needle but when I did, my projects didn't curl. Is there something else I should be doing to stop them from curling so much? All of your patterns are so beautiful and I want to try them all, but I am discouraged with the curling!

Thank you so much.
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From:beejang
Date:December 29th, 2014 07:58 am (UTC)

Re: I really love making these

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If it curls, you can reinforce the thread path by doing step 7 and 8 twice. It should help with curling. :D