Byopia Press 2017 Advent Calendar: Day Seven and some beaded stars

I made this star from dollar store wooden beads based on an image on the internet.

It took ages to do (apparently I can’t count) and I did it in what is likely the most difficult way possible. I assembled it the way one draws a star freehand. That’s why there are extra loops around the beads at the star’s points: I couldn’t keep track without some kind of location marker.

Then I found instructions on coolcreativity and it got a whole lot easier to make beaded stars.

Since I keep finding links on the web that only lead to 404 messages (or worse), I have saved the image files from coolcreativity so they will be with this post. My thanks to the person who carefully photographed the steps.

To save you a little counting, the centre ring has 10 beads, each point has 5.

The stars are nice as they are, but if you want to use them as decorations they need some sort of hanger. Here are the additional steps I did. They begin while joining the last point.

Remove needle from working end, and thread the other (starting) end onto it.

Tie a reef knot to join the two thread ends over the top bead.

Tie the ends in an overhand knot and trim.

I even made a few stars with pony beads from the dollar store.

If you would like to make a six-pointed star, simply increase the number of beads in the starting ring from 10 to 12. The rest of the process remains the same.

You can also use more than one colour.

 

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About Byopia Press

I have been working in the book arts field for more than twenty years, and operating Byopia Press with my husband David since the late 1990s. I began producing artist's books and altered books in 2004.
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