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Embellishing Scroll Saw Ornaments
Several of our scroll saw projects can be enhanced with the addition of elements such as crystal beads. These beads are simple and widely available at your local craft supplier, yet add interest and appeal to ornaments, sun catchers and other hanging items. Outlined below are some simple steps to follow which will assist you in adding beads to your scroll saw projects. The procedures can be adapted to many different items for additional sparkle.

-Begin by cutting a length of approximately 12” of gold metallic thread and threading one end through a beading needle. A regular sewing needle may be used, but it must have an eye small enough to pass through both the crystal and the seed bead.

beads on your scroll saw ornaments
-Pass the needle fi rst through the crystal and then through a seed bead (Fig 1) and pull until it is about the middle of the thread.
beads on your scroll saw ornaments
-Entering from the hole you just came out of, pass the needle and thread through the crystal once again. (Fig 2)
beads on your scroll saw ornaments
-This should form a loop through the bottom of the crystal, and the seed bead will hold the thread in place. (Fig 3)
beads on your scroll saw ornaments
- Pass the needle through the hole at the top of the ornament frame and pull the ends even, allowing the bead to settle about an inch below the top of the frame. (Fig 4)
beads on your scroll saw ornaments
-Hold both strands of string together and make a loop to tie a knot. (Fig 5)
beads on your scroll saw ornaments
-Pull the ends slowly and use the needle to adjust the position of the knot depending on where you want your bead to hang. (Fig 6) This may take a little practice, but you should be able to get it after a couple of tries. When you are satisfi ed at the length of your thread, pull the thread fi rmly so that the knot is tight.
beads on your scroll saw ornaments
-Cut the thread close to the knot, leaving just a bit for a tail. (Fig 7) You may wish to apply a small amount of clear-drying glue to the knot to be sure it doesn't slip out.
beads on your scroll saw ornaments
-Use the pointy end of your scissors or a pin or end of tweezers to push the knot into the small hole at the top of the frame. (Fig 8)
beads on your scroll saw ornaments






-You can adjust the bead to hang perfectly by sliding the crystal bead up toward the top of the frame and sliding the seed bead as far down as it will go. Then allow the crystal bead to rest on the seed bead and it will sit level and even. (Fig 9)


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