STARSHINE

©2019 Deborah Roberti

Starshine

Use size 11/0 and 8/0 seed beads, 3mm fire-polished beads, 6mm bicone crystal beads (or 6mm round beads) and GemDuo (or DiamonDuo) beads to create a five-pointed or six-pointed crystal star (both about 1.5 inches wide) that can be used as a pendant, small 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: Size 11/0 and 8/0 seed beads, 3mm fire-polished beads, 6mm bicone beads (or 6mm round beads) and GemDuo (or DiamonDuo beads)

Approx Finished Size: Both stars measure about 1.5 inches wide

Pattern Price (Downloadable PDF only): $4.00

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Finishing Tips

If you are using the Starshine motif to create a small holiday ornament or suncatcher and wish to stiffen the beadwork, these methods and products have all worked for me, even on crystal. Test any product on some beads before applying it to your beadwork to make sure there is no unwanted discoloration. You probably won't want to use any of these products on porous Czech coatings such as Bondeli.

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.

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.

Permalac NT:
Permalac NT Semi-Gloss is my favorite this year 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.

Beads used in the photo below:

Starshine

Gold/White Version:
Five-Pointed Star (left)
• 85 size 11/0 rocaille seed beads: Miyuki #4204 Duracoat Champagne Rocailles
• 5 size 8/0 rocaille seed beads: Miyuki #4204 Duracoat Champagne Rocailles
• 15 size 3mm fire-polished beads: Matte Metallic Flax
• 5 size 6mm bicone crystal beads: Swarovski Aurum 2AB
• 5 GemDuo beads: Pearl Shine White
Six-Pointed Star (right)
• 100 size 11/0 rocaille seed beads: Miyuki #4204 Duracoat Champagne Rocailles
• 6 size 8/0 rocaille seed beads: Miyuki #4204 Duracoat Champagne Rocailles
• 18 size 3mm fire-polished beads: Matte Metallic Flax
• 6 size 6mm bicone crystal beads: Swarovski Aurum 2AB
• 6 GemDuo beads: Pearl Shine White

Starshine

Blue/Silver/White Version:
Five-Pointed Star (left)
• 85 size 11/0 rocaille seed beads: Czech/Miyuki #27000 Crystal Full Labrador
• 5 size 8/0 rocaille seed beads: Czech/Miyuki #27000 Crystal Full Labrador
• 15 size 3mm fire-polished beads: Silver
• 5 size 6mm bicone crystal beads: Swarovski Crystal Comet Argent Light
• 5 DiamonDuo beads: White Alabaster
Six-Pointed Star (right)
• 100 size 11/0 rocaille seed beads: Czech/Miyuki #27000 Crystal Full Labrador
• 6 size 8/0 rocaille seed beads: Czech/Miyuki #27000 Crystal Full Labrador
• 18 size 3mm fire-polished beads: 6 Silver and 12 Opal Aqua
• 6 size 6mm bicone crystal beads: Swarovski Aquamarine
• 6 GemDuo beads: Pearl Shine White

Starshine

Wine/Gold Version:
Six-Pointed Star (left)
• 100 size 11/0 rocaille seed beads: Miyuki #4204 Duracoat Champagne Rocailles
• 6 size 8/0 rocaille seed beads: Miyuki #4204 Duracoat Champagne Rocailles
• 18 size 3mm fire-polished beads: Garnet
• 6 size 6mm bicone crystal beas: Swarovski Burgundy
• 6 GemDuo beads: Siam Ruby Vega
Five-Pointed Star (right)
• 85 size 11/0 rocaille seed beads: Miyuki #4204 Duracoat Champagne Rocailles
• 5 size 8/0 rocaille seed beads: Miyuki #4204 Duracoat Champagne Rocailles
• 15 size 3mm fire-polished beads: Garnet
• 5 size 6mm bicone crystal beads: Swarovski Aurum 2AB
• 5 GemDuo beads: Siam Ruby Vega

Starshine

Blue/Silver Version:
Six-Pointed Star (left)
• 100 size 11/0 rocaille seed beads: Czech/Miyuki #27000 Crystal Full Labrador
• 6 size 8/0 rocaille seed beads: Czech/Miyuki #27000 Crystal Full Labrador
• 18 size 3mm fire-polished beads: 6 Silver and 12 Opal Aqua
• 6 size 6mm bicone crystal beas: Swarovski Aquamarine
• 6 GemDuo beads: Crystal AB
Five-Pointed Star (right)
• 85 size 11/0 rocaille seed beads: Czech/Miyuki #27000 Crystal Full Labrador
• 5 size 8/0 rocaille seed beads: Czech/Miyuki #27000 Crystal Full Labrador
• 15 size 3mm fire-polished beads: 5 Silver and 10 Opal Aqua
• 5 size 6mm bicone crystal beads: Swarovski Aquamarine
• 5 GemDuo beads: Crystal AB

Starshine

Turquoise/Gold Version:
Six-Pointed Star
• 100 size 11/0 rocaille seed beads: Toho #PF592 Permafinish Galvanized Golden Fleece
• 6 size 8/0 rocaille seed beads: Miyuki #4204 Duracoat Champagne Rocailles
• 18 size 3mm fire-polished beads: Milky White
• 6 size 6mm bicone crystal beads: Light Turquoise AB 2x
• 6 DiamonDuo beads: Turquoise AB

Starshine

Purple/Silver Version:
Five-Pointed Star (left)
• 85 size 11/0 rocaille seed beads: Czech/Miyuki #27000 Crystal Full Labrador
• 5 size 8/0 rocaille seed beads: Czech/Miyuki #27000 Crystal Full Labrador
• 15 size 3mm fire-polished beads: Polychrome Black Currant
• 5 size 6mm round beads: Polychrome Black Currant
• 5 GemDuo beads: Backlit Violet Ice
Six-Pointed Star (right)
• 100 size 11/0 rocaille seed beads: Czech/Miyuki #27000 Crystal Full Labrador
• 6 size 8/0 rocaille seed beads: Czech/Miyuki #27000 Crystal Full Labrador
• 18 size 3mm fire-polished beads: Polychrome Black Currant
• 6 size 6mm round beads: Polychrome Black Currant
• 6 GemDuo beads: Backlit Violet Ice

 

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Starshine