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STAR GLOW

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Star Glow, SuperDuo star pattern

Use size 11/0 (Miyuki brand rocaille seed beads) and 8/0 seed beads, 3mm and 4mm fire-polished beads, 6mm beads (fire-polished, round or bicone crystal beads) and SuperDuo beads to create a five-pointed or six-pointed crystal star (both about 1.75 inches wide) that can be used as a pendant, ornament or suncatcher. Detailed step-by-step directions and illustrations from start to finish for both stars. This is a great stash-buster design and makes an ideal quick holiday gift.

Stitch: Various

Beads Used: Use size 11/0 (Miyuki brand rocaille seed beads) and 8/0 seed beads, 3mm and 4mm fire-polished beads, 6mm beads (fire-polished, round or bicone crystal beads) and SuperDuo beads

Approx Finished Size: Both stars measure about 1.75 inches wide

Pattern Price (Downloadable PDF only): $4.00

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Finishing Tips

Using 8 lb. FireLine, I was able to bead up a motif that was stiff enough for a pendant but for an ornament, I thought it needed a bit of help. I painted the front and back of the star “arms” with Permalac NT but you can also use clear nail polish or dip the entire star in floor polish.

Permalac NT:
Permalac NT Semi-Gloss is my favorite when it comes to stiffening beaded ornaments. PotomacBeads.com sells it in handy little bottles that look and work just like nail polish. Although they are marketing Permalac as a protective coating and sealant, I love the way it works to stiffen most any type of beadwork. I have used it on crystal, too, without any problems. Make sure that you brush it on in a well-ventilated locale since, like nail polish, it is a bit stinky, and let your beadwork dry overnight. For the Starshine, I brushed it on the back only but I don't see why you cannot brush it on both sides because it works as a protective coating as well. You can find out more about Permalac NT by watching the video and the product is also available for purchase by clicking here: Permalac NT.

Clear Nail Polish:
A quick and easy way to stiffen beadwork is to paint the back of your beadwork with clear nail polish and let it dry overnight. Linda Genaw of Linda's Crafty Inspirations recommended that I try clear Sally Hansen Hard as Nails nail polish and it does work well.

Acrylic Floor Polish:
If you have beaded up any of Sandra Halpenny's gorgeous snowflake patterns, then you are familiar with using acrylic floor polish products to stiffen beadwork. Although it has changed names several times since I started beading, Sandy recommends Pledge Floor Gloss, Original by Johnson (formerly SC Johnson Pledge Future Shine and Future Floor Finish). Simply dip the finished Starshine motif in the liquid, shake off the excess and let it dry overnight on wax paper. You can find Sandy's directions at the bottom of one of her free snowflake patterns by clicking here: Beaded Snowflake #31 Ornament Pattern.

Beads used in my photos

NOTE: Bead colors and coatings (and even bead types!) seem to be disappearing at a rate that I can no longer keep up with. I try to find substitutes when I can but "discontinued" seems to be the norm these days.

Star Glow, SuperDuo star pattern

Red/Green version
Five-Pointed Star (right):
• About 150 size 11/0 Miyuki rocaille seed beads: Miyuki #4202 Duracoat Galvanized Gold
• 10 size 3mm fire-polished beads: Marbled Gold Siam Ruby
• 5 size 4mm fire-polished beads: Marbled Gold Siam Ruby
• 5 size 6mm beads: Swarovski Scarlet bicone crystals
• 30 SuperDuo beads: Pastel Olivine
Six-Pointed Star (left):
• About 150 size 11/0 Miyuki rocaille seed beads: Miyuki #4202 Duracoat Galvanized Gold
• 6 size 8/0 seed beads: Miyuki #4202 Duracoat Galvanized Gold
• 12 size 4mm fire-polished beads: Marbled Gold Siam Ruby
• 6 size 6mm beads: Swarovski Scarlet bicone crystals
• 36 SuperDuo beads: Pastel Olivine

Star Glow, SuperDuo star pattern

Blue/white version
Five-Pointed Star (top):
• About 150 size 11/0 Miyuki rocaille seed beads: Miyuki #4201 Duracoat Silver
• 10 size 3mm fire-polished beads: Milky White
• 5 size 4mm fire-polished beads: Milky White
• 5 size 6mm beads: Milky White Fire-polished
• 30 SuperDuo beads: Opaque Luster Blue
Six-Pointed Star (left):
• About 150 size 11/0 Miyuki rocaille seed beads: Miyuki #4201 Duracoat Silver
• 6 size 8/0 seed beads: Miyuki #4201 Duracoat Silver
• 12 size 4mm fire-polished beads: Milky White
• 6 size 6mm beads: Swarovksi White Opal bicone crystals
• 36 SuperDuo beads: Opaque Luster Blue
Six-Pointed Star (right):
• About 150 size 11/0 Miyuki rocaille seed beads: Miyuki #4201 Duracoat Silver
• 6 size 8/0 seed beads: Miyuki #4201 Duracoat Silver
• 12 size 4mm fire-polished beads: Milky White
• 6 size 6mm beads: Swarovksi White Opal bicone crystals
• 36 SuperDuo beads: 18 White Luster and 18 Opaque Luster Blue

Star Glow, SuperDuo star pattern

Turquoise/White version
Five-Pointed Star:
• About 150 size 11/0 Miyuki rocaille seed beads: Miyuki #4202 Duracoat Galvanized Gold
• 10 size 3mm fire-polished beads: Milky Peridot
• 5 size 4mm fire-polished beads: Milky Peridot
• 5 size 6mm beads: Swarovski Light Turquoise AB2X bicone crystals
• 30 SuperDuo beads: White Luster
Six-Pointed Star:
• About 150 size 11/0 Miyuki rocaille seed beads: Miyuki #4202 Duracoat Galvanized Gold
• 6 size 8/0 seed beads: Miyuki #4202 Duracoat Galvanized Gold
• 12 size 4mm fire-polished beads: Milky Peridot
• 6 size 6mm beads: Swarovski Light Turquoise AB2X bicone crystals
• 36 SuperDuo beads: White Luster

Star Glow, SuperDuo star pattern

WHite/Gold version
Five-Pointed Star:
• About 150 size 11/0 Miyuki rocaille seed beads: Miyuki #4204 Duracoat Champagne Rocailles
• 10 size 3mm fire-polished beads: Matte Metallic Flax
• 5 size 4mm fire-polished beads: Matte Metallic Flax
• 5 size 6mm beads: Opaque Satin Metallic Gold Fire-polished beads
• 30 SuperDuo beads: White Luster
Six-Pointed Star:
• About 150 size 11/0 Miyuki rocaille seed beads: Miyuki #4204 Duracoat Champagne Rocailles
• 6 size 8/0 seed beads: Miyuki #4204 Duracoat Champagne Rocailles
• 12 size 4mm fire-polished beads: Matte Metallic Flax
• 6 size 6mm beads: Opaque Satin Metallic Gold Fire-polished beads
• 36 SuperDuo beads: White Luster