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Let's Make A Sparkly Beaded Suncatcher!

Updated on February 13, 2015
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SheilaSchnauzies is a Miniature Schnauzer rescuer, writer, crochet designer, gardener, crafter, wife, mom & friend living in Omaha, NE.

Make Something Magical From Your Junk Drawer And A Few Pretty Beads!

Few things are more beautiful than crystals sparkling in the sunlight! They create an ever changing rainbow of brightly colored magic as they turn and sparkle.

Why pay high dollar prices for a crystal sun catcher when you can make your very own! In this article I'll give you the complete how-to instructions with step-by-step photos.

Wouldn't this make a beautiful unique and interesting gift for someone? Or maybe you'll get so attached to it you'll want to keep it for your own.

If you or someone you know collects objects in themes, this is the perfect venue to highlight items from that collection.

Start hunting through that drawer where you keep your old broken jewelry, odd beads, seashells, and the little things that you always said "I need to do something with that someday..." about! Here's their chance to come out and play!

Whatever you decide to make into a creation, I hope you'll find it as fun and rewarding as I did to make!

If you'll email me a photo of your completed creation, I'll be happy to feature it here for everyone to see and learn from!

What You'll Need

- Monofilament fishing line, 2 feet or so

- One brass swivel, found in fishing department

- One larger "found object" for focal item

- 2 feet of 1/4" ribbon

- Various beads, crystal balls, whatever you like

- Scissors

How To Make It, Step 1

First, cut a piece of fishing line about 2 feet long. Thread one end through either one of the brass swivel's loops. Secure knot tightly (I usually tie 3-4 knots).

Next, pull the ribbon through the other free end of the swivel. Bring it up where ends meet. Tie a slipknot down about 2-3" from the swivel. (We are creating a hanging loop with the ribbon). Secure this knot by tying twice. Now tie a simple bow knot over the slip knot.

Begin your suncatcher by threading your large "found object" through the free end of the fishing line. Tie it securely a short distance from the swivel and run the fishing line out the bottom of the object. (Or you can just allow it to hang from the top knot).

Step 2 - Add the Magic!

String your pretty beads or crystals onto the fishing line. You can make this section as long as you prefer. When you're finished, tie a slip knot at the end of the bottom bead.

Now string your bottom interesting item onto the line. If you want to create the illusion of the item being suspended in space, allow a little space between the end of your beaded strand and the bottom object.

Tie a slip knot securely then tie a couple more knots for more strength. Trim the excess fishing line off and you are finished with your beautiful creation!

Great places to find interesting objects...

Try shopping garage sales, Goodwill stores, thrift stores, antique stores and flea markets for estate jewelry or old costume jewelry. You can often take old earrings, necklaces, bracelets, etc. (even broken ones) apart to use individual parts in your different creations.

A Ginormous Crystal That Will Really Catch The Sun!

Don't Omit The Brass Swivel!

It's the magical little device that allows the whole creation to rotate freely. And that's half the fun of a sun catcher! You will find these readily available in the fishing tackle department of your favorite discount store.

The Most Important Thing

Make sure to tie your knots securely so that your creation won't come apart!

What Do You Think Of This Project? - Come On, You Can Tell Me!

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    • SheilaSchnauzies profile image

      Sheila 3 years ago from Omaha, NE

      Great idea!!

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      Loraine Brummer 3 years ago from Hartington, Nebraska

      Great idea for all those little "to pretty to throw away" items in the junk drawer. Go Big Red! fellow Nebraskan.

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      craftaproject 5 years ago

      I love it.. Very Creative

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      bossypants 5 years ago

      The brass swivel is genius! I have crystals hanging in my east window, but no swivels! Off to the store this weekend to get some!

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      priscillab 5 years ago

      I love to create stuff and have always thought about making one of these. You just inspired me to do so.

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      Mishael A Witty 5 years ago

      This looks so easy and like so much fun. I just don't know if I have time right now. Definitely a good project to keep in mind for later!

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      secondhandrose lm 5 years ago

      I have crystals from an old hurricane style lamp that broke. I couldn't bear to get rid of them. Now I know what to do! Thanks!

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      ShazTapp 5 years ago

      Very nice lens, I'm hooked!

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      WilliamPower 5 years ago

      I've done wirewrap jewelry.

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      Jules Corriere 5 years ago from Jonesborough TN

      Beautiful and creative ideas!