Silver and Blue Beaded Candleholder
This simple and elegant candleholder is very striking and easy to make. The number of beads and the amount of wire you need greatly varies upon the size of the beads you use. Our candleholder was made with about 200 silver 6 mm beads, 75 cobalt blue glass beads, and 50 moonstone colored glass beads. We used 32 gauge silver beading wire. Make sure the wire you use does not clash with your beads, particularly if you are using translucent beads.
Silver, gold, or clear beading wire
Glass, metal, or plastic heat tolerant beads
1 glass candleholder in any size and shape
Hot glue gun or clear craft glue
Set out all of the materials. Cut a small length of wire and bead in a desired pattern, or randomly. You can have the children bead using longer lengths of wire, but we found shorter (less than 12 inches long) were much easier for little hands to work with, and when the wires are dropped (and they will be dropped) picking up the beads and starting over is much easier. As the beads are added to the wire, occasionally check to see how much more beads you need by wrapping the beads around the candleholder. The amount greatly depends on the size of the beads and the candleholder. Once there are enough beads, wrap the beaded wire around the candleholder, attaching the wire firmly to the candleholder with a few dots of glue placed every few inches. Let dry thoroughly before lighting the candle.
This is a craft best suited for middle aged or older children. Smaller children tend to enjoy placing beads in their mouths, which can be a choking hazard. Make sure to take special care when using the wire, which can be sharp and the hot glue gun.
Project Developed and Photographed by Wen Zientek-Sico.