My talented babysitter, Mrs. Rita, has been making the most amazing metal and bead crosses lately. They tie in so beautifully with the upcoming Easter holiday, and she was kind enough to tell me about her process and share some photos with me.
She first attaches concrete nails together with jewelry glue.
She has a large collection of beads that she’s accumulated over the years, and she coordinates the colors and shapes before winding the wire around the adhered nails. She creates a structured pattern with some of the crosses, while others come together organically.
The wire is attached, then wound and crossed on what will be the back of the piece. The beads are added, arranged on the front, and then the wire is crossed on the back again to keep the beads from shifting.