Beaded Candy Canes From Martha Stewart's Handmade Holiday Crafts
Beaded Candy Canes From Martha Stewart's Handmade Holiday Crafts
Beaded Candy Canes From Martha Stewart's Handmade Holiday Crafts
Beaded Candy Canes From Martha Stewart's Handmade Holiday Crafts

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    handmade

    HOLIDAY CRAFTS225 Inspired Projects

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    beaded candy cane ornamentsBeaded striped candy canes are a good introduction to working with beads.Transferring beads to wires takes a little time, but twisting them into shape

    is a joy. The ornaments are even more dazzling in multiples. The characteristic

    red-and-white color scheme is one option, but you can use any color or

    combinations of colors of beads, such as the green and blue ones shown.

    WHAT YOU WILL NEED24-gauge tinned copper wire, wire cutters, round-nose pliers,

    strands of rocaille and tri-cut beads (buy them in hanks), masking tape

    1 Choose a color combination: A four-

    strand candy cane in red, green, and

    white, for instance, will be composed

    of two wires with white beads, one

    wire with green beads, and one wire

    with red beads. A six-strand candy

    cane with those colors has four wires

    with white beads, one wire with green

    beads, and one wire with red beads.

    A five-strand cane in red and whitehas four wires with white beads and

    one wire with red beads. Use only one

    kind of bead on each wire.

    2 Using the wire cutters, cut either

    four, five, or six pieces of wire into

    7-inch lengths. With the pliers, make

    a tiny loop at one end of each wire.

    3 Carefully take one strand of beads

    from the bunch, and tape one end

    to your work surface (see A, above

    left). Pulling strand taut, transfer

    strung beads to the wire by feeding

    the wire through the holes (see B,

    above left). Slide the beads down the

    wire toward the loop; leave just

    enough room to loop the open end

    of the wire, preventing beads from

    slipping off. The beads should be

    slightly loose on the wire.

    4Once all the wires are beaded,

    shape them into a candy cane

    by holding the wires together at one

    end and twisting them together

    (see photograph, left); keep the

    beaded wires even and the surface

    smooth. Bend wires at the top into the

    gentle hook of a cane. Some ends will

    be uneven; you can adjust them by

    removing a few beads where neces-

    sary and making those wires shorter.

    choosing beadsBeads come in a variety of styles. Lookclosely, and youll discover that each

    strain of bead has a distinct shape

    and sparkle. Rocailles are small glass

    beads with a square hole lined in

    silver. Tri-cut beads are tiny and faceted

    and have a round hole. Fire-polished

    crystal beads are faceted and can be

    large or small. And druks are smooth,

    perfect spheres. The smallest beads

    usually appear as spacers in beaded

    jewelry and ornaments, but they can

    be used to great effect by themselvesif a sufficient number are brought

    together. All of these styles are usually

    sold on strands, which often come

    in hanks of 10 to 12 strands.

    A

    B

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