Crystal Beaded Angel Ornament - How To

Handcrafted angels are found almost everywhere during the holidays. You've probably seen these lovely crystal beaded angels somewhere and wondered how they were made. Here's an easy and simple tutorial on how to put one together.
Gather the following materials:

- 44 acrylic faceted 8mm craft beads (dress)

- 1 16 mm craft bead (head)

- 24 3x6mm beads (wings)

- 16 6/0 glass seed beads (halo)

- 54 inches 24 gauge wire

1. Begin by finding the center point of the wire. Bend wire into L shape at center.

2. Slide 9 (8mm) beads to the bend in the wire.

3. Then slide 8 beads onto one end of the wire keeping them near the end. Next, thread other end of the wire back through the 9 beads and pull tight. Flatten out the rows as needed.
4. Next, slide 7 beads onto one end of the wire, push the other end through all 8 beads and pull tight.
5. Continue adding one less bead for each row, using the same method until there is a row with just two beads. Remember to flatten out each row.
6. Then take the longer end of the wire and thread 12 3x6mm beads on it. Pass the wire through the row of 3 beads and then thread 12 3x6 beads on the wire and pass it through the row of 2 beads.
7. Pass both ends through the 16mm bead.
8. Next take the longer end of the wire and thread 16 seed beads for the halo. Take both ends of the wire and wrap them around the wire just below the halo.
9. Cut off any extra wire, adjust the halo and wings. You can add a hanger between the two last beads and head bead, if you like.

Makes a beautiful handcrafted ornament or decorative gift.
Gail@Purple Hues and Me
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