While researching images of Christmas for inspiration, I came across a picture of antique snow shoes made by native American Indians and I was staggered by the artistry and beauty in these practical yet mundane objects. They are made by weaving thinly cut strips of animal hide on a wooden frame using a regular and intricate weaving pattern. The teardrop shape lends itself beautifully to usage as a jewellery component and I have simplified and embellished the weaving pattern to resemble a stylized Christmas tree with baubles by adding 3 faceted rondelle beads of increasing sizes. Other types of beads can be used but make sure before you start that the hole can accommodate 2 widths of the weaving wire. They are very easy to make, just above beginner level and should take no more than an hour. BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY Form wire on a mandrel Make a loop Make a small coil SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS The finished teardrops are 4cm (1 1/2") long.