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Crystal Ice

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Crystal Ice Instructions
Designed by Cheri Carlson

Your holiday season can sparkle and shine with these snowflake crafts! These beautiful beaded snowflakes make excellent gifts and can even be used as tree toppers. You'll love adding this beautiful handmade wonder to your collection of holiday heirlooms.

Step one: Add beads in pleasing patterns to three of the snowflake frames in the 9-inch 21 gauge snowflake frame 5pc pack. Add a clear rubber earwire clutch to the end of each spoke to keep the beads in place. Follow these patterns for the snowflakes shown here:

Small Snowflake:

  • Three TOHO 8/0 bead rounds in silver-lined crystal
  • One Swarovski 6mm Crystal Blue Shade briolette bead
  • nine silver-lined crystal TOHOs
  • A Swarovski 8mm Crystal Blue Shade cabochette bead

Medium Snowflake:
  • Four TOHO 8/0 Reflection white beads
  • A Swarovski 4mm Crystal faceted round
  • Four more white TOHOs
  • A Swarovski 6mm Crystal roundelle
  • A Swarovski 8mm Crystal Blue Shade small dome bead
  • A Swarovski 8mm Crystal Blue Shade cabochette bead
  • Eight white TOHOs
  • A 4mm Crystal faceted round

Large Snowflake:
  • Eight white TOHOs
  • A 6mm Crystal roundelle
  • A Swarovski 8mm Crystal Blue Shade briolette bead
  • ACrystal roundelle
  • Four white TOHOs
  • A Swarovski 6mm Crystal faceted round bead
  • A Swarovski 11mm Crystal Blue Shade small dome bead
  • A Swarovski 10mm Crystal Blue Shade cabochette bead
  • A 6mm Crystal faceted round
  • Five white TOHOs
  • A Crystal roundelle
  • One white TOHO
  • A 6mm Crystal Blue Shade briolette
  • One white TOHO
  • A 4mm Crystal faceted round


Step two:
On the end of one of the spokes, make a simple loop so you can hang the snowflakes. See our Handy Tip for more information on how to make a simple loop.

Step three:
To combine two snowflakes together, loosen the rubber clutches so that there is some slack in the beads. Use craft wire to wrap the two frames together in the center. Cheri combined the medium and large snowflake in this manner. You can combine the snowflake frames in any way you like, or leave them separate (see images below).

Step four:
For the center of the combined snowflakes, string an 11mm Crystal Blue Shade cabochette onto a 3-inch 22 gauge sterling silver head pin. Use round nose pliers to initiate a large enough loop to fit around the wire wrapped snowflake center. Wrap the head pin around the snowflake and then wrap the end of the wire under the bead to finish.

Step five:
When you are happy with the placement of your beads, use heavy duty cutters to trim the wire spokes so that the ends are flush with the rubber clutches. If you prefer, you can remove the clutches one at a time and finish the spokes with simple loops.

Approximate Size: Varies
Estimated Time:1 Hour
Difficulty Level:Beginner

Tools & Supplies:
26 Gauge Silver Non-Tarnish Artistic Wire, 15 Yard Spool (AWR26SVR15, qty )
Round Nose Pliers (TOOL-108, qty )
Chain Nose Pliers (TOOL-106, qty )
Heavy Duty Cutter (TOOL-512, qty )
List of Components:
9-Inch Snowflake Frame 21 gauge (5pc Pack) (SNOW-0003, qty 1)
Clear Rubber Earwire Clutch (EWC20, qty 18)
Swarovski 5000 4mm Faceted Round Crystal (5000-CRYS4, qty 6)
Swarovski 5000 6mm Faceted Round Crystal Beads (5000-CRYS6, qty 12)
Swarovski 5026 10mm Cabochette Bead Crystal Blue Shade (5026-BLS10, qty 7)
Swarovski 5040 6mm Briolette Bead Crystal Blue Shade (5040-BLS6, qty 6)
Swarovski 5040 8mm Briolette Bead Crystal Blue Shade (5040-BLS8, qty 6)
Swarovski 5542 11mm Small Dome Bead Crystal Blue Shade (5542-BLS11, qty 6)
Swarovski 5305 6mm Roundelle Crystal (5305-CRYS6, qty 18)
TOHO Reflection Bead 8/0 - White (TR08-2500, qty 1)
3-inch Head Pin, 22 Gauge (Sterling Silver) (SS-HP23, qty 1)
Swarovski 5000 4mm Faceted Round Crystal (5000-CRYS4, qty 24)
Swarovski 5026 8mm Cabochette Bead Crystal Blue Shade (5026-BLS8, qty 6)
Swarovski 5542 8mm Small Dome Bead Crystal Blue Shade (5542-BLS8, qty 6)
Swarovski 5305 6mm Roundelle Crystal (5305-CRYS6, qty 6)
TOHO Reflection Bead 8/0 - White (TR08-2500, qty repeat)
Swarovski 5040 6mm Briolette Bead Crystal Blue Shade (5040-BLS6, qty 6)
Swarovski 5026 8mm Cabochette Bead Crystal Blue Shade (5026-BLS8, qty 6)
TOHO Bead Round 8/0 Silver-Lined Crystal (TBRD8-21, qty 1)

Alternate Products:
These are fun alternatives to those listed above:
Swarovski 5000 6mm Faceted Round Crystal AB (5000-CRYSAB6, qty )
Swarovski 5000 6mm Faceted Round Crystal Blue Shade (5000-BLS6, qty )
Swarovski 5000 6mm Faceted Round Crystal Moonlight (5000-CML6, qty )
Swarovski 5000 4mm Faceted Round Crystal AB (5000-CRYSAB4, qty )

Purchase Idea Kit Components

9-Inch Snowflake Frame 21 gauge (5pc Pack)
Code: SNOW-0003
Diameter 9 Inch, Wire Gauge 21 gauge 
1-45-910+
$7.99 $7.03$6.99 $6.15$5.99 $5.27
Qty>
Clear Rubber Earwire Clutch
Code: EWC20
Length 3mm, Width 3.5mm 
1-4950-99100+
$0.10 $0.09$0.08 $0.07$0.06 $0.05
Qty>
Swarovski 5000 4mm Faceted Round Crystal
Code: 5000-CRYS4
Diameter 4mm, Hole Size 20 gauge/.812mm 
1-2930-5960+
$0.23 $0.20$0.21 $0.18$0.19 $0.17
Qty>
Swarovski 5000 6mm Faceted Round Crystal Beads
Code: 5000-CRYS6
Diameter 6mm, Hole Size 18 gauge/1.02mm 
1-2425-4950+
$0.34 $0.30$0.31 $0.27$0.29 $0.26
Qty>
Swarovski 5026 10mm Cabochette Bead Crystal Blue Shade
Code: 5026-BLS10
Diameter 10mm 
1-910-1920+
$1.40$1.29$1.19
Qty>
Swarovski 5040 6mm Briolette Bead Crystal Blue Shade
Code: 5040-BLS6
Length 4mm, Diameter 6mm, Hole Size 1.02mm/18 gauge 
1-1415-2930+
$0.55 $0.48$0.50 $0.44$0.46 $0.40
Qty>
Swarovski 5040 8mm Briolette Bead Crystal Blue Shade
Code: 5040-BLS8
Length 5.5mm, Diameter 8mm, Hole Size 1.02mm/18 gauge 
1-1112-2324+
$0.80 $0.70$0.74 $0.65$0.68 $0.59
Qty>
Swarovski 5542 11mm Small Dome Bead Crystal Blue Shade
Code: 5542-BLS11
Diameter 11mm 
1-34-78+
$5.34 $4.80$4.97 $4.47$4.62 $4.15
Qty>
Swarovski 5305 6mm Roundelle Crystal
Code: 5305-CRYS6
Length 3.5mm, Diameter 6mm, Hole Size .812mm/20 gauge 
1-2425-4950+
$0.29 $0.26$0.26 $0.23$0.24 $0.21
Qty>
TOHO Reflection Bead 8/0 - White
Code: TR08-2500
Volume Approx.8 grams 
1-56-1112+
$2.89 $2.51$2.68 $2.33$2.48 $2.15
Qty>
3-inch Head Pin, 22 Gauge (Sterling Silver)
Code: SS-HP23
Length 3 inches, 22 Gauge 
1-1112-2324+
$0.82 $0.73$0.75 $0.67$0.69 $0.62
Qty>
Swarovski 5000 4mm Faceted Round Crystal
Code: 5000-CRYS4
Diameter 4mm, Hole Size 20 gauge/.812mm 
1-2930-5960+
$0.23 $0.20$0.21 $0.18$0.19 $0.17
Qty>
Swarovski 5026 8mm Cabochette Bead Crystal Blue Shade
Code: 5026-BLS8
Diameter 8mm 
1-1112-2324+
$1.00 $0.81$0.92 $0.74$0.85 $0.68
Qty>
Swarovski 5542 8mm Small Dome Bead Crystal Blue Shade
Code: 5542-BLS8
Diameter 8mm 
1-56-1112+
$2.53 $2.22$2.34 $2.05$2.17 $1.90
Qty>
Swarovski 5305 6mm Roundelle Crystal
Code: 5305-CRYS6
Length 3.5mm, Diameter 6mm, Hole Size .812mm/20 gauge 
1-2425-4950+
$0.29 $0.26$0.26 $0.23$0.24 $0.21
Qty>
TOHO Reflection Bead 8/0 - White
Code: TR08-2500
Volume Approx.8 grams 
1-56-1112+
$2.89 $2.51$2.68 $2.33$2.48 $2.15
Qty>
Swarovski 5040 6mm Briolette Bead Crystal Blue Shade
Code: 5040-BLS6
Length 4mm, Diameter 6mm, Hole Size 1.02mm/18 gauge 
1-1415-2930+
$0.55 $0.48$0.50 $0.44$0.46 $0.40
Qty>
Swarovski 5026 8mm Cabochette Bead Crystal Blue Shade
Code: 5026-BLS8
Diameter 8mm 
1-1112-2324+
$1.00 $0.81$0.92 $0.74$0.85 $0.68
Qty>
TOHO Bead Round 8/0 Silver-Lined Crystal
Code: TBRD8-21
Size 8/0, 8g bag 
1-910-1920+
$1.19 $1.07$1.09 $0.98$1.00 $0.90
Qty>

Alternate Components

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$0.45 $0.40$0.41 $0.36
Qty>
Swarovski 5000 6mm Faceted Round Crystal Blue Shade
Code: 5000-BLS6
Diameter 6mm, Hole Size 18 gauge/1.02mm 
1-1920-3940+
$0.50 $0.44$0.45 $0.40$0.41 $0.36
Qty>
Swarovski 5000 6mm Faceted Round Crystal Moonlight
Code: 5000-CML6
Diameter 6mm, Hole Size 18 gauge/1.02mm 
1-1920-3940+
$0.50 $0.44$0.45 $0.40$0.41 $0.36
Qty>
Swarovski 5000 4mm Faceted Round Crystal AB
Code: 5000-CRYSAB4
Diameter 4mm, Hole Size 20 gauge/.812mm 
1-2425-4950+
$0.34 $0.30$0.31 $0.27$0.28 $0.25
Qty>

Purchase Tools & Supplies

26 Gauge Silver Non-Tarnish Artistic Wire, 15 Yard Spool
Code: AWR26SVR15
26 gauge, 15 yards 
1-23-45+
$4.49 $3.81$4.19 $3.56$3.89 $3.30
Qty>
Round Nose Pliers
Code: TOOL-108
Sale Price: $6.42
Price: $7.14
Qty>
Chain Nose Pliers
Code: TOOL-106
Sale Price: $6.42
Price: $7.14
Qty>
Heavy Duty Cutter
Code: TOOL-512
Sale Price: $12.59
Price: $13.99
Qty>



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