If I had to choose favorites from the large Tis the Season collection I received from Prima Bead, it has to be the bead clusters. All those beaded loops already made and color coordinated!  It was so easy to get a purple crystal heart to go with the bright bell like bead loops for my Festive Heart design.

All I had to do was to cut a section from necklace memory wire and threaded half of the bead clusters on, then the heart dangle and the rest of the small beads.  A pretty Christmas tree charm was the final touch.

Festive Heart
I also liked the tiny glass crystal bicone bead loops in the middle of this group, mainly because I have no patience for making so many tiny beaded loops!

 There were also so many large hole beads to choose from!

In the end I chose a reddish crystal studded large hole glass bead to go with the celebratory colored bicones for my Sautoir Glitz necklace. The pendant hung form a short length of twisted wire coil.

Sautoir Glitz
You know how floppy pendants become if you just string a head pin through a large hole bead.  Most people string on smaller beads inside the large hole one to keep the head pin centralized.  But another way is to use bicones (these were from my stash) before and after the bead.   I literally strung on the little colored bicones directly from the package!  They then sort of naturally group themselves around the head pin. Another small bicone from an earlier Prima shipment on top, a quick wire wrap and voila!  A unique pendant.

Prima had previously sent me a really cool bangle with balls at each end.. One of the balls completely unscrews so large hole beads can be added.  I like this idea of making up designs to coordinate outfits or simply to have a change.  The non-Christmas ones from their Trinkets collections are very pretty.

You could either use just a few beads or mix and match for a completely filled unique bangle, with or without dangly charms.

The bangle is not slipped on over the knuckles but directly onto the wrist, from the side.  This means the bangle fits closer so it looks better on skinny wrists like mine!

I suspect one could make dozens of these bangles in just an afternoon!! Gift making anyone?

Check out what my fellow Prima team mates did on their blogs. Our collective designs are also pinned on the Prima Bead Bloggers Pinterest board.


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