This week’s Meet and Make designer is Katie Hacker. I’ve known Katie for years and I love making her designs. They’re fabulous AND the instructions are always SO easy to follow! I love reading her blog, too — KatieHacker.com. So I was thrilled when Katie agreed to be featured on the FaveCrafts Blog.
Ten fun facts about Katie Hacker:
- I come from a crafty family. My parents owned a dollhouse and miniatures business called Dee’s Delights.
- The year after I graduated from college, I co-wrote my first book, Hemp Jewelry: It’s Knot Hard.
- I was a regular presenter for 12 seasons before becoming the host of Beads, Baubles & Jewels.
- Even though I’ve made a ton of jewelry, I wear the same necklaces over and over!
- I design jewelry projects for a monthly kit club called Katie’s Jewelry Personal Shopper.
- These days, I’m listening to kids music by They Might be Giants.
- One of my favorite children’s books is Leonardo the Terrible Monster by Mo Willems.
- My kids are super ticklish, just like me.
- I keep honeybees at my husband’s family farm.
- Starting January 1st, I’m training for my second half-marathon.
And here’s Katie’s project!
Wire Spiral Snowflake
by Katie Hacker for Beadalon
- 20-gauge peacock blue Artistic Wire®
- 6 clear 10mm round smooth glass beads
- 12mm round firepolished glass bead
- Round nose pliers
- Chain nose pliers
- Wire cutters
1. Cut six 6″ lengths of wire and bend them in identical U-shapes.
2. Cut five 2″ lengths of wire.
3. Hold two U-shaped wires next to each other so the wires extending from the curve are parallel. Coil a 2″ wire around the wires to bind them together. Repeat for all of the 2″ wires.
4. To bind the last section together, cut a 4″ length and make a loop on the wire end. Hold the loop in the center opening and coil the wire to bind the sections together.
5. About 1/4″ from the coil, use chain nose pliers to bend each wire outward in a V-shape; repeat for each wire.
6. Next, hold the adjacent two wires together as one and pass them through a glass bead; repeat for each section.
7. Use round nose pliers to make a loop on the wire end, then hold it flat inside the jaws of chain nose pliers and turn your wrist to form a spiral; repeat for each wire end.
8. Cut a 4″ piece of wire and fold the end back by 1/8″ to form a stopper. Pass the wire through a glass bead. Make a wrapped loop to attach it to the center loop on the snowflake.