Take a look at a larger image of the finished wreath.
10- to 12-in fine grapevine wreath
Silvery spray glitter (optional)
Small and medium clear and coloured beads
Clear seed beads
20- and 28- to 32-gauge wire
Translucent white or silver faux leaves with wire stems
1.00 m gauzy silver wire-edged ribbon, about 5 cm (2 in) wide
Pliers with wire cutters
1. Immerse wreath in hot water for about 30 minutes or until pliable. Uncoil several strands of vine from wreath; with secateurs, cut off. Recoil strands to make lighter, looser wreath for this project, weaving in cut ends to secure; let dry.
2. If desired, spray with glitter; let dry.
3. Make about 6 leafy branches as follows: From 28-gauge wire, cut 40.5 cm (16-in) length; thread 15 seed beads onto midpoint for leaf, then twist wire ends together about 6 times to make stem. Thread 15 beads onto 1 wire end for leaf; with beads 1 to 2.5 cm (3/8 to 1 in) away from end of previous stem, twist wire ends together down to end of previous stem. Repeat to add desired number of leaf stems, then wire finished branch to wreath as desired. Take a look at larger image of wreath detail.
4. From 20-gauge wire, cut short lengths; thread through medium and small bead(s) and wire to wreath as desired. And/or make 6 to 8 branches as follows: From 20-gauge wire, cut 56 cm (22-in) lengths; thread medium or small bead onto midpoint, then twist wire ends together about 6 times to make mini-branch. Thread bead onto 1 wire end; with bead 1 to 2.5 cm away from end of previous mini-branch, twist wire ends together down to end of previous mini-branch. Repeat to add desired number of mini-branches, then wire finished branch to wreath as desired.
5. Wire faux leaves to wreath, singly or in groups, as desired.
6. Tie ribbon in bow at top or bottom of wreath, shaping ends as desired.
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|This story was originally titled "Bejeweled & Beautiful" in the January 2009 issue.
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