Silver Beaded Candle Holders
Have we got a fun idea to decorate your
outdoor evening parties! Have you seen those expensive candle holders
made with wire and plastic beads? Well, you can make them for a lot
less money with sparkling glass beads!
We had a little "workshop" at eebeads last
week to work out all the snags before telling you our secrets to making
these gorgeous candle holders (or taller jars might make a pretty vase
too - the options are endless).
First, find a jar that a tea light candle will be easy to put in.
We liked salsa, pickle, jam, and olive jars.
Second, get a bunch of beads together. For economy sake, most
of our beads were taken from our Indian Glass Beads
We also added beads from the Crystals Page,
Gemstone Rounds, Metal
Beads, and Natural Materials.
Third, decide what type of wire to use.
Most of us used the 18 gauge wire in silver plate, but if you have a hard
time with this heavier wire, try the 22 gauge wire which is thinner.
22 Gauge S/P Wire (#49072) Qty:
18 Gauge S/P Wire (#49070) Qty:
Step 1. First, take a piece of wire at least 6" longer
then the opening of your jar. String a few beads on the wire and
twist it around the top (like you would a twist tie on a bag), under the
rings the lid would attach to.
Step 2. Add beads to the two pieces hanging down and curve
the ends in a design of some sort.
Step 3. Continue adding on longer pieces of wire looping
them onto the top first wire you put on. Keep adding beads, bending
the wire and just play with this fun technique!
Step 4. If you find that your wires are very loose, and
not really staying around the jar, wrap a wire outside the jar all the
way around near the bottom, interweaving between the strands and twist
tightly. This works better if you use a wire with no beads on it
about it! Of course this is just the start, you can try having pieces
loop down, add more beads, make hangers, etc. We did notice that
the more beads, the prettier the glow in the evening.
Please note: If you
hang your new jars in trees, use an extra piece of wire to keep the flame
and heat away from any branches! This will also prevent them from
falling if there are strong winds.