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Snow shoe Sparklers


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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.

Supplies Needed

  • 25 cm/10" 1mm/18ga Soft Wire
  • 1m/39" 0.4mm/26ga wire
  • 2 3x4mm rondelle beads

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Martine Callaghan
Martine Callaghan
My passion for jewellery designing and making started 12 years ago with a silversmithing course and I have since embraced other techniques such as stringing, bead weaving, chain maille, resin but my true love is wirework in which I now specialize. I have contributed a monthly project to Beads & Beyond for the past 3 years, written numerous tutorials which I sell on my website and I am the author of The Absolute Beginner's Guide: Making Wire Jewellery (published by Kalmbach books) which teaches you in great detail all the basic techniques you need to become proficient at wirework. Don't forget to download my free tutorial about the basic tools you need to get started in wirework.