A beaded Christmas tree star ornament – tutorial

I’ve been making these for the last 14 years or so – with success smaller or bigger, but they do make a charming tree decoration and they are rather easy (and relatively cheap) to make.

The star I’ve made as the example for this tutorial looks like this:


So, to count what you’d need for a similar one:

6 bigger faceted beads for the center (here: 5mm brown)

6 medium seed beads for the center (here: 2mm pearly white)

36+36+6 small seed beads for filler/spacer and tips (here: 1,5mm bronze)

6 bigger faceted beads for the “arms” (here: 5mm brown, again)

24 smaller faceted beads for “arms” sides (here: 4mm lighter brown

6 smaller faceted beads for tips (here: 4mm lighter brown, again)

copper wire, about 50cm

So, now for step by step:

  1. Thread one “tip” seed bead more or less in the middle of the wire. Bend the wire so that the bead is at the tip of that bend. Thread one “tip” faceted bead on both ends of the wire – closing the loop with the seed bead.


2. On each end of the wire thread the same set of beads:

  • three spacer seed beads


  • two smaller faceted beads


  • one bigger faceted bead


  • three spacer seed beads


…and then pick the “centre” seed bead and thread the wire ends through it from opposite sides, creating a smoothed “X” (with the seed bead in the center of it)


Now ignore one wire end for the time being and on the other, thread:

  • one faceted centre bead
  • one white centre bead
  • three spacer beads…


  • bigger faceted bead
  • two smaller ones
  • three spacer beads


  • one smaller faceted bead (“tip”)
  • one smaller seed bead (“tip”)
  • and now take the wire back through the faceted bead, from the same end, thus creating a shape like “—o” with the seed bead sitting in that “o” part
  • make sure there is some slack in the way the wire is tightened, but not too much; just enough for it to bend a bit


Now add the same set of beads from the tip down:

  • three spacer beads
  • two smaller faceted beads



And now thread the wire back through the bigger arm bead that is already there on the first star arm created


Add the three small seed beads


And thread the wire through the white centre bead added at the beginning of this arm, thus closing the arm.


Repeat the operation of adding new arm until you have 5 arms.


In order now to create the last arm and close the star, the wires have to be again threaded in symmetry. First, add a bit centre bead on each.


Then add the white centre bead on one of the wire ends, and thread the other one in opposite direction (creating an X).


Add three seed beads on each wire and thread the wire ends through bigger faceted bead on respective arms.


Now, build the rest of the adm, adding two smaller faceted beads and three seed beads on each.


Thread them now together through the tip faceted bead (in the same direction)


And now thread them through the seed bead, in opposite directions


Tighten the end up


Now, with the wire ends hanging free, you can make them into a nice loop that may be used to hang that star. Wrap one end around the cover of a lipstick (creating a bunch of nice little loops) and then wrap these loops with the other end of the wire to make it stay in shape.


Yarn Review: YarnArt Crazy Color

Today after work I came by my favourite yarn shop and, as the seller already knows me, I again left with a bag of nice things. Two balls of YarnArt Magic Fine, a thick crochet hook to crochet “milled” tubes and a big ball of YA Crazy Color. This one on the top here, brown, gold and blue:


It’s… nice. And soft. Even though (or maybe because?) it’s 25% wool and rest acrylic. No fuzz, really cute colours – at least this colourset – and it’s lots for really little. About 4 euro paid for 100g and I’m starting to think that the afghan I’m considering is looking more and more probable.

Back to the yarn itself – works nicely as basis for granny squares, crochet hook 02. Even though it’s 260m per 100g, with this content of acrylic it’s much thicker than the same with more wool. It has thickness comparable  to 7 Veljesta Polkka, which is 200/100. Tiny bit thinner, but close enough.

Has no visible faults, no uneven spin, only some tiny spots of black dye here and there in other colours, but I’d say it’s by design.

In general: Yarn I would suggest to a beginner – quick effect, no fuzz, easy to undo, vivid dyes and cheap enough. Gonne buy at least another ball, for the afghan.

(as an aside, the other yarns in the afghan are also on that photo – the green one to the left and the brown/cream one below)

Brown and turquoise FIMO dragon

I have bought yet another book by the talented Christi Friesen, Dragons.

I promptly made my first attempt at dragon-making. This one here is the second one I made.

All FIMO plus glass pearls.

Brown and turquoise fimo dragon

Brown Lampwork Glass Pendant in Copper

On my holiday visit to my parents I got some little craft shopping done and bought a few very pretty lampwork glass puffed coins in nice, rich colors. All well matching with copper wire and dark copper/gold beads.
The beads are Miyuki square “dark gold” and wires are 0,8mm and 0,3mm.

Polymer clay (FIMO) covered glass bowl

An IKEA bowl covered with earthtone millefiori canes.

Edit: Added another photo.