No Two Alike: Make Snowflake Ornaments and Jewelry with Wire, Metal, Gems, Even Scraps!

Few things make me as happy and excited as snow! I love how it looks coating everything in a sparkling coat of white; I love the fact that no two snowflakes are alike; I even love how the air smells when it’s snowing. As you can see, I love driving around in it and taking pictures of it!

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My favorite snows are the ones on super cold days when the flakes land on my car’s top and stay visible long enough for me to look at them closely. (Put a dark fabric outside to get good and cold, and let flakes land on it–you’ll be able to see some, too!)

real snowflake photos

The camera flash helps a flake or two stand out from the others. I just take a bunch of photos while it’s snowing and then upload them to my computer so I can enlarge them and hunt for flakes!

After I first realized I could actually see the individual flakes during certain types of snow, I was inspired to make my own. So for the past few years, I’ve been making sterling silver wire snowflakes with as much detail as my soldering skills and patience will allow! I’ve learned to switch to my little butane torch to solder these tiny wires, and this year I had a little epiphany about the supplies I use.

my real snowflake photos

This is one of my favorite flake finds. The flash hit the one on the top right just perfectly, and there are a bunch of pretty ones on the bottom left, too.

Make Snowflake Ornaments

For more than a decade now, I’ve kept a small bag of sterling silver findings I purchased years ago that I didn’t need. You know how it is when you’re starting out making silver jewelry; sometimes you buy things you think you’ll need but then never use. For example, 1″ long 22-gauge hard head pins. They’re too short for ear wires, and I don’t have much other use for them . . . though I have a bag of 100. I decided to put them to use as details when I make snowflake ornaments this year.

While I was fishin’ around in that little bag of misfit findings, I also found 2″ long flower head pins in soft 20-gauge sterling that I rarely find use for, as well as odd little three-ring connectors of some sort (I think they were originally intended to be parts of chandelier earringsā€¦?). In any case, they’re sterling and I’ve never used them. Now they’re going to get new life as I make snowflake ornaments. Here are a few I’m working on this year, using just these three random findings and a few balls made from scraps.

handmade-wire-snowflakes-ornamentsMy Christmas trees are always covered in snowflakes, collected through the years or given as gifts, so making my own was a natural progression. Before I learned to solder and make snowflake ornaments with wire and metal, I made them with beads, paper, clay–just about any white sparkly thing. Here are a bunch of snowflake projects (or ones that look like snowflakes to me–use your imagination, swap out some colors, maybe make them a little larger, and voila!) from the Jewelry Making Daily Shop to inspire you to make snowflake ornaments or jewelry. These projects cover a variety of materials and skill levels.

Argentium Filigree Earrings by Elizabeth Porter and Gemstone and Metal Pendant by Andy Lucas

Argentium Filigree Earrings by Elizabeth Porter and Gemstone and Metal Pendant by Andy Lucas

Chain Maille Earrings by Lauren Anderson and Metal Snowflake Pendant by Debra Hoffmaster

Chain Maille Earrings by Lauren Anderson and Metal Snowflake Pendant by Debra Hoffmaster

Fused Metal Snowflake by June Culp Zeitner (This project also puts scraps to good use.) and Winter Wire Snowflakes Bracelet by Karen Rakoski

Fused Metal Snowflake by June Culp Zeitner (This project also puts scraps to good use.) and Winter Wire Snowflakes Bracelet by Karen Rakoski

Try your hand at making snowflakes and other ornaments this year; or just take advantage of the 40% off patterns and projects deal to find tutorials for making jewelry gifts. You’ll find hundreds of digital projects to inspire you in the JMD Shop!

P.S. After you make snowflake ornaments and others, show them off and enter our holiday ornament contest! We’d love to see what you make.

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