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Decorative – Art that is meant to be useful as well as beautiful. It includes crafts, such as ceramics, furniture, interior design, jewellery and textiles

(Pronounced dek-ruh-tiv)

To remember what decorative means use the following mnemonic:

Over the past decade business has been lucrative (decorative) for her interior design firm and every item she uses is functional yet beautiful

Over the past decade business has been lucrative (decorative) for her interior design firm and every item she uses is functional yet beautiful. 

This wine pot from China is highly decorated but also functional.

This wine pot from China is highly decorated but also functional.

For our project we are going to create a decorative bracelet. You will need: 1mm wire, long nose pliers, beads with a 1mm hole and masking tape.

For this project you will need: 1mm wire, long nose pliers and beads with a 1mm hole.

Cut three lengths of wire to 10cm longer than your wrist circumference.

Cut three lengths of wire to 10cm longer than your wrist circumference.

Thread the beads onto one of the wires and keep them roughly in the middle of the piece by sticking a small tab of masking tape either side of them.

Thread the beads onto one of the pieces of wire and keep them roughly in the middle of the piece by sticking a small tab of masking tape either side of them.

Use the masking tape again to stick and hold the three wires together.

Use the masking tape to stick the three wires at one end to hold them in place.

Plait the wire as tightly as you can. Take the outside right piece and bring it into the middle, then take the outside left piece and bring it into the middle. Split the wires apart and repeat the process. Below we have used coloured wire to make the process easier to see.

To plait the wire, take the outside right piece and bring it into the middle, then take the outside left piece and bring it into the middle.

Continue pulling the right wire to the middle, then the left wire until you get to the beads, stop plaiting and twist the two wires which do not have the beads on around the wire with the beads two or three times. Twist again after the beads. You can use the pliers to help get a tighter twist. 

Continue pulling the right wire to the middle, then the left wire until you get to the beads, stop plaiting and twist the wire two or three times and twist it again after the beads. 

Plait until you reach the end. Using the pliers, bend the end couple of centimetres of each end over and press them as hard as you can to hold it in place. 

Plait until you reach the end. Using the pliers, bend the end couple of centimetres of each end and press them as hard as you can. 

Wrap some wire around the ends and press with the pliers to keep secure.

Wrap some wire around the ends and press with the pliers to keep it in place.

Bend the bracelet around a round object which is roughly the same circumference as your wrist.

Finally, bend the bracelet around a round object which is roughly the same circumference as your wrist.

Finally, your bracelet is ready to wear or display!

Finally, your bracelet is ready to wear or display!

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