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Do you know someone who’s gone that extra mile in their job? A co-worker or teacher perhaps. Or maybe a nurse who’s been on her feet all day and still has a huge smile on her face? Someone who deserves more than a “thank you” for their commitment and all round amazingness. This easy to make bead star is a lovely appreciation gift idea that shows just how much you value their dedication and specialness.
And you can add a thank you tag and note to tell them just how grateful you are.
Not only is it a great gift, but it would also look lovely hanging from a door or even on a gallery wall and the recipient will always have a reminder that they are a superstar.
For this bead star, you’ll need jewelry wire that’s strong enough to hold the shape of a star and thin enough to fit through the holes in the beads. Wire strength and thickness is measured in gauges. When I first started making wire art, the gauge was always so confusing. Why on earth would the gauge increase when the wire gets thinner? It sounds a little backward, but there’s a simple explanation. The thickness, or gauge, is measured in fractions of an inch. So 12 gauge wire is actually 1/12″ thick 😉 Somewhere along the line, the ‘1/’ bit got dropped. I used a 12 gauge jewelry wire to make the star.
If you can string a few beads together then you’ll love making these. The trick lies in using a combination of small and large beads so the finished bead star looks balanced. Start with five large beads and thread them onto the jewelry wire, followed by one small bead. This forms one side of a point of the star.
If you want the star to be smaller, or bigger, use less, or more, of the larger beads.
Continue adding the beads until you have nine “groups” of five large beads and one small bead. Finish off by adding five more large beads.
Bend the wire string of beads at the point where there’s a small bead to form a “V” shape.
Repeat until you have a long zig-zag shape as shown below.
Bring the wire together and join ………………
…… and ta-da, a star appreciation gift is born (pun intended 😉 ) Easy, peasy. By using a small bead in between the large beads it helps make a sharper point. And since the beads are all pretty much the same size it all balances out.
Add a pretty thank you tag or note. I made this one by cutting a piece of balsa wood with my Sizzix and mod podged the word “thank you” on. Hang the tag with a piece of string and add an extra bead for love 😉
I’ll be making a few more of these to give to some special people in our lives. How I wish I could make one for you too. As a blogger, I’m so incredibly grateful to everyone who pops around for a visit.
How do you tell someone “I really appreciate you“?
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Until next time, hope you have an amazing, crafty week. Sending love as always.