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Retro Ice Ornament

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Retro Ice Ornament Instructions
Designed by Cheri Carlson

Each of these stunning ornaments displays multi-faceted Swarovski crystal beads that will dance beautifully beneath the ambient lights of your Christmas tree. The aurora borealis finish on the beads adds a shimmery touch of iridescence with a retro feel. These ornaments are simple to create and will make wonderful Christmas gifts for your friends and family!

Step one:
Cut three 6 1/2-inch sections of round 20 gauge half hard sterling silver wire. Bend the tip of the wire to form a stopper or head and squeeze with a pair of chain nose pliers.

Step two:
Next, thread the beads onto the wires. For the first ornament, we used the following Swarovski beads in this order: a 5mm faceted Crystal bicone, an 8mm Crystal Transmission V margarita bead, an 8mm faceted Crystal AB roundelle, an 8mm margarita bead, a 15mm faceted elongated Crystal AB bicone, a 10mm margarita bead, a 16mm Crystal AB chessboard bead, a 10mm margarita bead, a 15mm elongated bicone, an 8mm margarita bead, an 8mm roundelle, an 8mm margarita bead, a 15mm elongated bicone and a 5mm bicone. Finish with a wrapped loop. For help creating a wrapped loop, please visit the Handy Tips section of the Learning Center.


For the second ornament, we used the following Swarovski beads in this order: a 5mm faceted crystal bicone, a 12mm faceted crystal ab roundelle, a 6mm faceted crystal ab round, a 17mm crystal artemis bead, a 7mm faceted crystal ab round, an 18mm faceted crystal ab roundelle, a 7mm crystal ab round, a 17mm artemis bead, a 6mm crystal ab round, a 12mm crystal ab roundelle, a 5mm crystal bicone, an 8mm faceted crystal ab roundelle, and a 5mm crystal bicone. Finish the ornament the same way you finished the first ornament in step two.

For the third ornament, we used the following Swarovski beads in this order: a 5mm faceted Crystal AB round, an 8mm faceted Crystal AB roundelle, a 12mm Crystal AB artemis bead, a 12mm Crystal AB margarita bead, a 12mm faceted Crystal AB roundelle, a 18mm twist Crystal bead, a 12mm Crystal AB roundelle, a 12mm margarita bead, a 12mm artemis bead, an 8mm Crystal AB roundelle, a 15mm faceted elongated Crystal AB bicone, and a 5mm Crystal AB round. Finish this ornament the same way you finished the first two.
Approximate size: 4 ¼ inches
Estimated time: Less than 30 minutes
Difficulty level: Beginner

Tools and Supplies Used:
Sterling silver wire round 20 gauge half hard-approx. 1 troy oz (19ft) (SSWR20HH1)
Round nose pliers (TOOL-108)
Chain nose pliers (TOOL-106)
Side cutters-semi flush (TOOL-131)
List of Components:
Swarovski 5000 5mm faceted round Crystal AB (5000-CRYSAB5, qty 2)
Swarovski 5040 8mm faceted roundelle Crystal AB (5040-CRYSAB8, qty 5)
Swarovski 5540 12mm artemis bead Crystal AB (5540-CAB12, qty 2)
Swarovski 3700 12mm margarita bead Crystal AB (3700-CAB12, qty 2)
Swarovski 5040 12mm faceted roundelle Crystal AB (5040-CRYSAB12, qty 4)
Swarovski 5621 18mm twist Crystal (5621-CRY18, qty 1)
Swarovski 5205 15mm faceted elongated bicone Crystal AB (5205-CRYSAB15, qty 4)
Swarovski 5328 5mm faceted bicone Crystal AB (5328-CRYSAB5, qty 2)
Swarovski 3700 8mm margarita bead Crystal Transmission V (3700-CTRV8, qty 4)
Swarovski 5005 16mm chessboard bead Crystal AB (5005-CAB16, qty 1)
Swarovski 5328 5mm faceted bicone Crystal (5328-CRYS5, qty 3)
Swarovski 5000 6mm faceted round Crystal AB (5000-CRYSAB6, qty 2)
Swarovski 5540 17mm artemis bead Crystal (5540-CRY17, qty 2)
Swarovski 5000 7mm faceted round Crystal AB (5000-CRYSAB7, qty 2)
Swarovski 5040 18mm faceted roundelle Crystal AB (5040-CRYSAB18, qty 1)
Swarovski 3700 10mm margarita bead Crystal AB (3700-CAB10, qty 2)


Purchase Idea Kit Components

Swarovski 5000 5mm Faceted Round Crystal AB
Code: 5000-CRYSAB5
Diameter 5mm, Hole Size 20 gauge/.812mm 
1-1920-3940+
$0.40$0.36$0.33
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Swarovski 5040 8mm Briolette Bead Crystal AB
Code: 5040-CRYSAB8
Length 5.5mm, Diameter 8mm, Hole Size 1.02mm/18 gauge 
1-1112-2324+
$0.80$0.74$0.68
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Swarovski 5540 12mm Artemis Bead Crystal AB
Code: 5540-CAB12
Length 12mm, Diameter 9.5mm, Hole Size 1.02mm/18 gauge 
1-910-1920+
$1.68$1.55$1.43
Qty>
Swarovski 3700 12mm Margarita Bead Crystal AB
Code: 3700-CAB12
Diameter 12mm, Total Height 4.5mm, Hole Size 18 gauge/1.02mm 
1-910-1920+
$0.96$0.89$0.82
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Swarovski 5040 12mm Briolette Bead Crystal AB
Code: 5040-CRYSAB12
Length 8mm, Diameter 12mm, Hole Size 1.63mm/14 gauge 
1-78-1516+
$1.54$1.42$1.31
Qty>
Swarovski 5621 18mm Twist Crystal
Code: 5621-CRY18
Length 18mm, Width 18mm 
1-56-1112+
$2.46$2.28$2.11
Qty>
Swarovski 5205 15mm Faceted Elongated Bicone Crystal AB
Code: 5205-CRYSAB15
Height 15mm, Width 6mm 
1-910-1920+
$1.22$1.13$1.04
Qty>
Swarovski 5328 5mm XILION Bicone Crystal AB
Code: 5328-CRYSAB5
Length 4.5mm, Diameter 5mm, Hole Size .812mm/20 gauge 
1-3940-7980+
$0.19$0.17$0.16
Qty>
Swarovski 3700 8mm Margarita Bead Crystal Transmission V
Code: 3700-CTRV8
Diameter 8mm, Total Height 3mm, Hole Size 20 gauge/.812mm 
1-1415-2930+
$0.62$0.57$0.52
Qty>
Swarovski 5005 16mm Chessboard Bead Crystal AB
Code: 5005-CAB16
Diameter 16mm, Hole Size 16 gauge/1.29mm 
1-34-78+
$4.97$4.62$4.30
Qty>
Swarovski 5328 5mm XILION Bicone Crystal
Code: 5328-CRYS5
Length 4.5mm, Diameter 5mm, Hole Size .812mm/20 gauge 
1-4950-99100+
$0.13$0.12$0.11
Qty>
Swarovski 5000 6mm Faceted Round Crystal AB
Code: 5000-CRYSAB6
Diameter 6mm, Hole Size 18 gauge/1.02mm 
1-1920-3940+
$0.50$0.45$0.41
Qty>
Swarovski 5540 17mm Artemis Bead Crystal
Code: 5540-CRY17
Length 17mm, Diameter 13mm, Hole Size 1.29mm/16 gauge 
1-45-910+
$3.34$3.09$2.86
Qty>
Swarovski 5000 7mm Faceted Round Crystal AB
Code: 5000-CRYSAB7
Diameter 7mm, Hole Size 18 gauge/1.02mm 
1-1415-2930+
$0.60$0.55$0.51
Qty>
Swarovski 5040 18mm Briolette Bead Crystal AB
Code: 5040-CRYSAB18
Length 11.5-12mm, Diameter 18mm, Hole Size 1.63mm/14 gauge 
1-45-910+
$3.37$3.13$2.91
Qty>
Swarovski 3700 10mm Margarita Bead Crystal AB
Code: 3700-CAB10
Diameter 10mm, Total Height 3.5mm, Hole Size 18 gauge/1.02mm 
1-1112-2324+
$0.78$0.72$0.66
Qty>

Alternate Components

Swarovski 5500 9x6mm Teardrop Crystal
Code: 5500-CRYS9X6
Length 9mm, Width 6mm, Hole Size .812mm/20 gauge 
1-1415-2930+
$0.63$0.58$0.53
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Swarovski 5500 9x6mm Teardrop Crystal AB
Code: 5500-CRYSAB9X6
Length 9mm, Width 6mm, Hole Size .812mm/20 gauge 
1-1112-2324+
$0.78$0.72$0.66
Qty>
Swarovski 5308 8mm Faceted Roundelle Crystal AB
Code: 5308-CRYSAB8
Length 3.5mm, Diameter 8mm, Hole Size 1.29mm/16 gauge 
1-1112-2324+
$0.73$0.67$0.62
Qty>
Swarovski 5523 12mm Cosmic Crystal AB
Code: 5523-CRYSAB12
Length 12mm, Width 10.5mm, Hole Size 1.29mm/16 gauge 
1-78-1516+
$1.49$1.37$1.26
Qty>
Swarovski 5305 5mm Roundelle Crystal
Code: 5305-CRYS5
Length 3mm, Diameter 5mm, Hole Size .812mm/20 gauge 
1-2930-5960+
$0.24$0.22$0.20
Qty>
Swarovski 5520 12mm Graphic Crystal
Code: 5520-CRY12
Length 12mm, Width 10mm, Hole Size .812mm/20 gauge 
1-910-1920+
$1.38$1.27$1.17
Qty>
Swarovski 5020 8mm Helix Crystal AB
Code: 5020-CRYSAB8
Length 8mm, Width 8mm, Hole Size 18 gauge/1.02mm 
1-1112-2324+
$0.98$0.90$0.83
Qty>

Purchase Tools & Supplies

Sterling Silver Wire Round 20 Gauge HALF HARD - Approx. 1 troy oz (19ft)
Code: SSWR20HH1
20 Gauge, 19 Feet (Approx) 
Price: $44.10
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Round Nose Pliers
Code: TOOL-108
Price: $7.14
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Chain Nose Pliers
Code: TOOL-106
Price: $7.14
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Side Cutters - Semi Flush
Code: TOOL-131
Price: $10.74
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