by Cindy A. Littlefield
Total Time 1 hour Ages school-age
What you'll need
- Wire (20 gauge)
- Wire cutters
- Multifaceted plastic beads (with diameters of 12 mm, 8 mm, 6 mm, and 4 mm)
- Needle-nose pliers
How to make it
Start by creating a long straight body. Bend an 18-inch length of wire in half. Use the pliers to curl up a 3/4-inch section near the bend to create the tip of the tail. From the other end, slide nine 6 mm beads onto the doubled wire. Next, add two 8 mm beads followed by one 12 mm bead.
Make the wings by threading eighty 6 mm beads onto a 20-inch length of wire. Bend the tips to keep the beads from sliding off. Shape the upper two thirds of the strand into a figure 8 for the top set of wings; then shape the lower third into a smaller set of wings.
Set the body on top of the wings and attach the two by wrapping the trailing wire ends of the wings around the body wire between the 8 mm beads.