Jingle Joy


I decided to try more techniques in beading. The bulk of these seed beads that range from size 15/0 up to size 6/0.
15/0: 1.5mm x 1.3mm with a hole size of .7mm (the smallest used) (bell)
11/0: 2mm x 2mm with a hole size of 1mm (bell) (ball)
8/0: 3mm x 2mm with a hole size of 1mm (ball)
6/0: 4mm x 3mm with a hole size of 1.3mm (the largest used)
There are also twin beads used for the large ball ornament (5mmx2.5mm) that have 2 holes for beading and bicone beads (3mm) used for the bell.
the bell was made starting at the bottom and working up to the top for the hook, then inserting a small round music box in the bottom and adding some beads to hold it in place. The chain with the beaded star and christmas tree were added for the pull cord once the music box was in place.
The star was made in sections that looked like V’s that were then attached to each other. A bell was placed inside the star before finishing it so it will jingle when it moves.
The large beaded piece for the ball was done by making the 5 main dangle sections first, then making the structure that goes around the top and working down, adding in the 5 dangle sections as it was worked down from the center.
The bell took me 2-3 days to make. The star was made in about 2 hrs one night, and the Beaded section for the ornament took me a few days to finish (3-4) working on it maybe 3-4 hrs a day. I believe total working time for all three ornaments was 24 -28 hrs.
First time for doing parts assembly to make pieces like the star and the shape of the bell was new to me also. I learned quite a bit doing all of these pieces.
There is a video on my google drive that shows the music box working for the bell https://photos.app.goo.gl/smswuuJ8tun4Q8P89 along with the 5 photos and the 2 “proof” pictures (not for submission) that these 3 ornaments actually fit in a 4.5″ sq box 😀