Wednesday, November 13, 2013

My first Christmas Ornament.

A few mornings ago I thought I would have a try at making a Christmas ornament. I was in need of making something different for a change.

I have learnt a few things from doing the rick-rack designs and wanted to put the learning into this star.

I worked on the 'front' side of my star - image to your left - and was very happy with how it looked but overall I was disappointed. I felt the back had to look nice also and the very tips of the points didn't bling enough so I put it aside, not certain I would finish it or pull it apart.

I left it alone yesterday morning as I just wasn't into playing with it anymore. I spent the morning tutorial writing instead. This morning I woke and thought I would continue tutorial writing, got my computer ready, made my coffee and as I sat down I looked at the unfinished star.

I immediately wanted to play with it again, with an idea of what to do for the 'back' side. Needless to say what I intended to do and what I did do were completely different.

I covered the rivoli back with size 15/o seed beads only to decide I preferred it uncovered. I went ahead and surrounded the bezel back in 2mm crystals and made a smaller 'star' like shape emanating out from the crystal ring. As I placed the teardrop crystal on each star point I was also enhancing the 'front' as this teardrop could be seen both sides.

To give the 'front' star points more bling I added a Swarovski marguerite flower crystal to each point. That sure took care of the sparkle.

To your right is the 'back' of my star with a pale centre and the teardrop points. To the left is the 'front' of my star with a gold and white centre and the teardrops on the back can be seen here also.

Overall I am very happy with the results and glad I didn't pull it apart. Sometimes we need to leave things alone for awhile before we can move forward again. This is a perfect case of the benefit of being more patient and waiting to be re-inspired.

I am a little late for writing a tutorial for this in time for people to make for Christmas but it shall be written and ready for Christmas in July and definitely for Christmas 2014.


  1. Dear Patrick, your ornament looks great and very elegant. I really like reading your blog, because you allways tell us so much about the process of creating a piece.

    1. Hello PrettyNett, I am very grateful for receiving your comment, many thanks. I am glad you like reading what I write and I have to say I enjoy sharing my journey here on my blog.
      It is nice to know people enjoy it.


  2. Dear Patrick, I love you are growing and am also a fan of your blog n posts. Grats on design, perfect for Christmas :)

    1. Thank you very much Rachel, it is great to know others enjoy reading my blog also.


  3. I found your blog by chance and I have to admit that I am very happy, I feel less alone, another man who loves small beads like I do.
    You do a wonderful bead work, congratulations !!!

    1. Hello, and thank you for visiting my blog. I just had a look at your blog and lovely work. Are you on Facebook? I would love to connect if you are. My Facebook details are
      I can introduce you to quite a few men who love beading like us. It would be nice to have you join us on Facebook.

    2. Thank you for your welcome :).
      I have never had time or the desire to discover the new social networks... I do not know if you saw, but I even launched a new blog with the aim of making discover "unknown" (of us) beadworkers in the form of interviews, to tighten a little disappeared links, I am an old school web man !
      But I wil follow with pleasure your work on this blog.
      Excuse me, I read better English than I write it. Have a good day !

  4. Came across your blog by chance. All of your stars are gorgeous. You have a very keen eye, and I look forward to seeing more of your beautiful pieces.

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