This sparkly ornament is beautiful enough to give as a gift to the princess in your life! Make your Christmas tree shine with beautiful ornament designs from the Artbeads.com designers. Quantities will vary depending on the size of ornament you use.
Tip: When working with Tacky Tape, it is best to rest your ornaments in a drinking glass as you work. If you set it down while you work, you are likely to pick up dust and pet hair that you may not want as part of your design!
Step one: Carefully run a strip of Tacky Tape in a circle along the circumference of the ornament from top to bottom.
Step two: String a six foot length of Nymo D thread on a beading needle. Wax the thread if you prefer to work with your thread waxed. Starting about one inch from the top of the ball, lay the thread along the center of the tape to hold it in place. String the silver-lined light gold Toho beads onto your needle. When you have an inch or so, run them around the top of the ornament, holding the thread in place on the tape as you go so the beads don't run back down the ornament, but stay tight to the top. Continue until you have circled the top of the ornament once.
Step three: String the galvanized platinum gold Toho beads and run them along the edge of the tape. Gently push them into place as you work along the tape. When you finish one side and reach the top again, weave the thread through four or five beads to reach the other side of the tape and string a row of beads down the other side of the tape. When you reach the top again, run the string back through the seed beads at the top.
Step four: When you have the tape outlined in the platinum gold beads, string your 3mm silver-lined dark gold bugle beads and lay them just inside of the first row of beads. Push them snuggly against the outer row as you work.
Step five: When you are done stringing beads, simply weave the beads back and forth a few times and tie a knot somewhere in the middle of a row. Pull the knot inside of a bead.
Step six: You will now fill the center of the tape with Swarovski 6mm square crystal flatback rhinestones. Adjust the outer rows to fit flush to the sides of the rhinestones as you work.
Step seven: To complete the design, simply string a white silk ribbon with metallic gold edges through the top of the ornament and tie in a bow. Note: The amount of Swarovski rhinestones and seed beads you need will depend upon the size of your ornament. You will need approximately four rhinestones per inch.
Estimated time: Less than two hours
List of Components: 3mm Toho bead bugle silver-lined dark gold (TBBG3-22C) Toho bead round 8/0 galvanized platinum gold (TBRD8-558) Discontinued Toho bead round 8/0 silver-lined light gold (TBRD8-22) 6mm Swarovski square crystal flatback (2400-CRYS6) 3 foot hand-dyed silk white w/ metallic gold edges (RBSILK-WHT-GLD) Nymo D Bobbin White (NYD-WHT) #12 Long English Beading Needles 4-Pack (NEED-05) Terrifically Tacky Tape 1-1/16 Inch (TAPE02) Note: Our size 8/0 round galvanized platinum gold Toho bead (TBRD8-558) has been discontinued. Please check out our wide variety of seed beads.