If you celebrate Christmas, I hope you had a wonderful and safe celebration. I wanted to show the rest of my 25 Beads of Christmas from Candie Cooper, as well as a lovely crystal snowflake kit I made.
Day 19 – This is a large hole picture jasper bead. Jasper is always welcome!
Day 20 – This is a beautiful mother-of-pearl focal. It almost looks like an animal print! I’m showing both sides.
Day 21 – A striped Indian lamp work bead in black, white and metallic. Black and white stripes are such a wonderful graphic.
Day 22 – There were two beads on this day. A filigree bead cap (great for a tassel!) and a little butterfly.
Day 23 – This bead from Tibet is right up my alley, an agate in a beautiful shade of blue with metal worked bead caps. I love it!
Day 24 – This is a beautiful lamp work bead by Rita Schneck.
Day 25 – This is a really big, soft blue Swarovski crystal pendant in a fun shape.
That is the end of the 25 days. I hope you had fun. I sure did. I plan to do it again next year.
I knew bending the ends of the form would be a problem for me. I don’t know if I have unnaturally weak hands or what, but I find bending hard metals really difficult. Maybe I need to do hand exercises! I tried, but my grip was terrible, and I kept nicking the end crystal on that spoke. I just stopped once I got any kind of a loop. I tied a piece of linen on that side to hang it, and I just left the stoppers on the ends of the other spokes. You can’t really even see them, and I prefer that to ruining the whole thing trying to make ends. I’m going to hang this on the art ornament tree in my studio so I can enjoy it year round.