A wire star - diameter 10 cm (silver, gold), 0.35 mm binding wire (silver), needle nose and snipping pliers, glue (for glass and metal)
The creation of this Christmas star requires a finished semi-product. If you do not have one available, you can create a basic frame from 8 wires which are connected in the middle, for example using FIMO.
Gradually string the individual beads and seed beads onto the individual wires of the basic semi-product according to the illustration or using your own design. You can string each of the wires in the same way or alternate two types of stringings which are repeated four times, are adjacent to one another and are clasped together in a right angle. End every strung wire with a loop (figure no. 1). If you are not satisfied with a simple stringing of beads and seed beads, you can add further seed beads strung onto the binding wire. In this case, do not overly tighten the stringings of beads and seed beads on the star’s basic frame and leave a space of about 1 – 2 mm for the supplementary twisting of the binding wire with the strung seed beads.
Use the binding wire, onto which you have strung the beads and seed beads, to connect the individual rays of the star. It is possible to use various sized bugles, to string a row of seed beads or to supplement them with smaller and lighter beads. Always start nearer to the centre of the star by twisting the end of the binding wire between the beads and seed beads strung onto the star’s basic frame in the chosen position. Twist the wire (0.35mm) twice at the start and tighten it so that it fits between the individual beads and seed beads; at the same time, always leave the second end free (2 – 3 cm) as it will be useful for ending the row. Continue to string the individual beads and seed beads according to the design for the given section between the individual rays of the star. Twist the wire with the stringing around the wire of the star’s frame, straighten the strung seed beads and tighten them slightly. Connect both ends of the wire at the end of the row, cross them over and twist them 2-3x. Snip the free end with the pliers and hide the twisted ends between the beads. There can be multiple connecting stringings between the individual rays
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