Victorian Snowflake Ornament Instructions Designed by Cheri Carlson
Create your own Christmas ornament in minutes with this delicate "Victorian Snowflake" design. Swarovski crystals are showcased on an antique brass backdrop to add both eye-catching sparkle and vintage charm to your Christmas tree. These ornaments also make delightful Christmas gifts!
Step one: First, affix Swarovski rhinestones to one side of an antique brass snowflake filigree link. Carefully apply a small drop of Gem-Tac permanent adhesive to the center of the link. Use a jewel setter to place a Swarovski ss34 XILION rose flatback in Crystal on the glue. Use this same process to glue five evenly spaced pairs of Swarovski SS9 XILION rose flatbacks in Crystal around the edge of the center star that is displayed within the link. Next, glue four Swarovski SS7 XILION rose flatbacks in Crystal onto each of the five outer spokes of the snowflake. For more help with the precise rhinestone placements, refer to the pictures above or place them in a pattern you like. Repeat this process on two more links and allow 20 minutes to dry. Once the links have dried, flip them over and glue rhinestones to the other side following the same pattern and let dry.
Step two: Cut a 2-inch piece of 20 gauge non-tarnish brass artistic wire and attach it to the center of one of the spokes on the first snowflake link using a wrapped loop. Thread a 10mm Swarovski faceted Crystal round bead onto the wire and finish with a wrapped loop. This snowflake should now dangle so that two of its spokes point downwards.
Step three: Make a chain of three 21 gauge 4.5mm antique brass-plated open jump rings between the bottom two spokes of the first snowflake (from step two). Create another chain of three jump rings between two spokes on the second snowflake. Connect the center jump rings from these two chains together. The second snowflake should now dangle so that one of its spokes points downwards.
Step four: Create a chain of two jump rings and dangle it from the bottom spoke of the second snowflake. Next, create a chain of three jump rings between two spokes on the third snowflake. Connect the center jump ring on the third snowflake to the bottom jump ring dangling from the second snowflake.
Step five: Thread a 9mm Swarovski teardrop bead in Crystal onto a 23 gauge 1.5-inch antique brass-plated head pin and attach it to the bottom spoke of the third snowflake with a wrapped loop.
Approximate size: 5 ¾ inches Estimated time: Less than 30 minutes (plus drying time) Difficulty level: Beginner
Tools and Supplies Used: 20 gauge brass non-tarnish artistic wire, 6 yard spool (AWR20BRS6) Gem-Tac permanent adhesive (GEMTAC) Jewel setter 2 pack (TOOL-170) Round nose pliers (TOOL-108) Chain nose pliers (TOOL-106) Side cutters - semi flush (TOOL-131)