Riding on the coattails of last week’s simplistic dreamcatcher is this week’s noticeably more decadent suncatcher – delivered, as promised!
Step One: Gather Supplies
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- Crystal Beads
- 24-Gauge Wire
- Assorted Metal Craft Rings
- Jewelry Tool Kit or Small Wire Cutters
- Craft Glue
- Clear Fishing Line
- Suede Lace
Step Two: Visualize
This is an important step.
Bead sizes can vary and you want to have an idea of how the crystals will be displayed before moving ahead.
This will save you copious amounts of frustration. Trust me.
Once you have the layout, snap a photo.
Step Three: Wire Wrap Rings Together
I decided I wanted a larger moon with a smaller moon in the center.
Start off wire wrapping one ring a handful of times before combining the rings and wrapping them together.
Test the durability of the rings.
Once you are satisfied that the rings are securely in place, you can move on to the next step!
Step Four: Secure Beads Onto Wire
Since you are working with a 24 gauge wire, you don’t necessarily need pliers. The wire is mutable, so you can easily manipulate the shape with your hands.
However, as a jewelry maker, it’s hard for me not to apply a similar technique, so, I use my tools.
Bend the wire at both ends of the bead.
And, unless you have an eidetic memory, you will need to use the photo that you snapped in step two as a pattern to follow.
Once you place the beads onto your moon, wrap at least three times around the metal ring, and wrap it at least three more times near the base of the crystal bead. Clip excess with wire cutters.
Repeat on the other side, and on each additional row.
Once the larger moon is completed, repeat these steps with smaller moon.
Step Five: Glue (Optional)
As noted, this step is optional.
I wanted to prevent the individual rows from slipping and I used this as an additional measure to ensure they stay in place.
Step Six: Tie It Up!
I used clear fishing line to tie the smaller moon onto the larger moon.
I wanted to create the illusion that it was floating.
Also, I had leftover suede lace from last week’s Dreamcatcher Tutorial, so I tied that to the top of the larger moon for hanging purposes.
You will need to locate where you should tie your string for optimal balance. This took a few tries for me.
And you’re done!
Hang it outside for prime sunlight and watch the rainbows dance around.
I am in love with the finished product!
If you plan on recreating this, let me know in the comments!