The base of these are styrofoam balls. They are all a little different in design, comprised of hundreds of pins, sequins and beads. The way they catch the lights on the tree is a beautiful thing!
Really, it is quite simple. I found a kit at my local craft store, and the directions were as follows:
1. Insert pin through the hole in bead.
2. Slide sequin onto pin behind the bead (remember to put the sequin on so it "cups" the bead".
3. Insert pin into foam ball where desired.
To hang the ornament, cut a piece of ribbon to the preferred length and put multiple pins through ribbon ends and styrofoam ball.
And really that is the nuts and bolts of it. You can create any design you wish. I really like clean lines, and symmetry. I began most of these balls by sectioning the ball off with pieces of ribbon. I then began adding my pins one at a time building the design and taking care to make sure none of the styrofoam ball was peeking through.
I finished them by making a hole in the ball where I wanted my ribbon hanger to go, poured glue down in there and then jammed the knotted ends of the ribbon in. I really wanted a secure hanger since these get rather weighty, especially if the balls are large.
Luckily I am a craft hoarder, and I still had all my supplies from a decade ago when I originally made these!
This project can be as simple or as complex as you would like it to be. When you are finished, you will have a beautiful ornament to be used for years to come!
This post written by Amy of Amy Nicole Artisan Jewelry.
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