Sunday, December 6, 2015

1st Day of Christmas: Victorian Ornament

This year we are bringing back our popular 12 Days of Christmas series! This is 12 free projects from our stellar Art Bead Scene contributors with jewelry and craft projects featuring art beads.

Some will be holiday or winter themed and others are just great gift ideas or projects you'll want to try. Our series will run between our regular features from now until Christmas day. 

We hope you enjoy them. Happy Holidays!

A simple wrapping of the bonbon bead onto a piece of filigree gives your bead instant Victorian charm. Makes these as holiday ornaments or on a longer chain as a pendant. Use a bead in floral colors for a necklace that can be worn year around. 

Skill Level: beginner, wire work

Supply List:
Bonbon bead
40mm Garden Trellis brass filigree
2 7mm brass jump rings
2” brass ball headpin
10mm pearl
7” brass cable chain
4” 22 gauge brass colored wire

Necklace option: 3 7mm brass jump rings and 24” brass cable chain


1. String the bonbon bead on the center of the wire, string the wire through the filigree. Twist the two ends of the wire tightly several times to secure the bead to the filigree, trim wire and bend flush to the filigree.

Necklace option: tuck the wire so that it’s inside the open area of the filigree and not sticking out at all.

2. Position the filigree so the long center pieces are vertical. Add the pearl to the headpin, form a simple loop. Add to the bottom of filigree with the jump ring.

3. Attach the chain to the top of the filigree with the jump ring.

Necklace option: Attach one end of the chain just off center with the 4mm jump ring, repeat on the other side of the chain.

Supply List:
Bonbon Beads: Humblebeads. Filigree: Vintaj. All other materials: Hobby Lobby. 

2 comments:

bairozan said...

What a big transformation in an instant! Love this idea!

Kristen Stevens said...

I do love your bonbons