Last week I had a Christmas party to attend where we were going to have an ornament exchange. I always love to make my own ornaments to make them unique and memorable. This beaded Christmas tree turned out so elegant, I love it. Beading always takes more time than I think it will, but I had a great time beading and watching Christmas movies on the Hallmark channel. I also took these ginger cookies to the party. You really should check out the recipe.
The first think I did was to make my frame. I had some heavy craft wire in my stock. I think it must be about a 16 gauge. It is pretty tough. I used a cookie cutter to make my design, bending the wire with needle nose pliers and my fingers, attaching the ends together.
With 26 gauge wire I started beading. I cut a long piece, attached one end to my frame and added beads as I went. I used different color browns for the trunk, placing them on the front of the frame and then wrapping the wire around the back. Then I simply added green and red beads and zig zagged in every direction, until I was happy with the way it looked. I finished it off by adding gold beads in a loop at the top for the star and for a place for the hook. I then cut off the excess wire and wrapped it several times around the the base of the loop.