time to start thinking about Holiday ornaments. And, being
beader, we don't just think about them. We don't even just
add them to our trees. We adorn the adornments, and turn
them into works of art! Here are a few things to think about when
adorning your ornaments:
- Consider making a cover
that slips over the ornament. That way, if a bauble breaks, you can reuse
- If you use netting,
consider using a separate thread to close the top of the ornament. Then, if
the ball breaks, this cover is reusable, too.
- Don't confine yourself to
Holiday colors. Remember, there are hangers that you can use to display your
beautiful ornaments year-round.
- Try something
different. If you usually make netted ornaments, try making panels
such as those by Deb Moffett-Hall. Or, make a Victorian ornament cover with
a bugle bead ladder.
- Spray your ornament with
a light coat of Krylon or other fixative to keep them from getting scratched
up by the beads.
- Don't leave out other
ornament possibilities: the long teardrop shaped baubles look great when
netted. Just do a slim vertical net and close the top & bottom. Then,
add a fringe at the bottom, or up the side a bit. Very stylish.
- You can make your own ornament
hangers with wire and a basic jig. Just make then a bit bigger than an
ear wire and harden them with a block or hammer to make them
"stay". Adds a nice "handmade" touch, especially with
color coordinating wire!
So, drag out those tree
balls, or make a raid on your local tree trim store. The good are out
there already! Try some of the links listed here for great ornament ideas and
get a head-start on the Holiday decorating season. You won't be sorry!