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Jul 16, 2008
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Designer: Char Jorgensen
Published: July 18, 2008
Technique: Wirework

You have to go to the fishing section of your local department store and find the glow-in-the-dark beads! These beads have wide holes so you won’t have any trouble slipping two wires through them. Just be sure the bead for the head will accommodate two wires. This design can use any type of wire and will use up those left over beads too! Try different wing shapes and add some lively color with the head bead for some fun. This project is from Step by Step Wire Jewelry.

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DianaK@29 wrote
on Jul 18, 2008 12:29 PM

This looks very interesting. I'd like to try to make this project.

Thymedremr wrote
on Jul 18, 2008 12:36 PM

I am definitely going to make these for myself and daughters; to wear as earrings. Thymedremr. Thank you.

KayakSue wrote
on Jul 18, 2008 1:00 PM

How cute are these little guys? Can't wait to make a swarm!


CatN@3 wrote
on Jul 18, 2008 1:04 PM

Soooooo cute!

MaritzaR wrote
on Jul 18, 2008 1:40 PM

I like it so much! Is realy easy to make and a cute proyect!

on Jul 18, 2008 1:47 PM

Where did you find the wing beads?  I like the ones with the indents in them.

KathleenD@36 wrote
on Jul 18, 2008 3:20 PM

What adorable little critters!!!  Any idea where to find the glow in the dark beads?

LoriB@45 wrote
on Jul 18, 2008 3:20 PM

I want to try this with some vaseline glass dagger beads I have. They glow under a black light.

on Jul 18, 2008 3:22 PM

i think these cute lutttle thing wel sell~

TessieQ wrote
on Jul 18, 2008 5:10 PM

I just HAVE to make some of these for friends who recently returned from Florence, Italy.  They said one of their most favorite parts of their trip were all the fireflies that sparkled at night around their hotel.

Roni2u wrote
on Jul 18, 2008 10:50 PM

I love this project...I just have to make some for myself and my friends and family.  I just wonder, what department store would you go to to find the glow in the dark beads.  None of the department stores I have gone to have them or any kind of beads.  My bead store doesn't have the glow in the dark beads either.   HELP, please.

KarenD@88 wrote
on Jul 19, 2008 12:29 AM

I don't know yet how they'd look, but pony beads come in glo-in-the-dark!

MaryH@173 wrote
on Jul 19, 2008 3:01 AM

These are wonderful. I am making some for my grandchildren when they visit next month since they love fireflies.

MaryH@173 wrote
on Jul 19, 2008 3:02 AM

These are adorable. I am going to make some for my grandchildren when they visit next month since they love the fireflies in our fields.

TubaishiR wrote
on Jul 19, 2008 4:19 AM

its so cute and really simple.

MrsBeadGeek wrote
on Jul 19, 2008 8:55 AM

My daughter just reminded me that one of the polymer clays is available in glow-in-the-dark.  I bet we could make our own firefly butts; just remember to make the holes big enough for the 2 wires...

TessieQ wrote
on Jul 19, 2008 8:10 PM

Well, I've just finished making 36 of these little critters for friends who talked of the wonderful fireflies in Florence, Italy.  I used up a lot of my bead stash...didn't go out and buy anything new to make 'em!  They don't glow in the dark but they certainly sparkle in the sunshine...and in every color of the rainbow, too!  Definitely mutant fireflies!  They sure were fun to make!  I'll be posting pics of them soon this weekend on my website and invite you to take a peek!   Thanks!  Tess

TessieQ wrote
on Jul 19, 2008 8:16 PM

Go forth and Google "glow-in-the-dark beads" if you really want to make some of these little guys glow!  Lots of places carry several different kinds.  Have fun!

Cajunq wrote
on Jul 19, 2008 10:30 PM

I found glow in the dark 4mm & 6mm plastic beads at Netcraft. They sell everything to make fishing lures - beads plus s & h were under $10.  Googling bead suppliers was nuts!  My stepson ties his own Look up Netcraft or call 1-800-netcraft.  Happy fire fly "tying".  Sue J.

mabel@12 wrote
on Jul 20, 2008 6:09 PM

i have not seen a firefly personally as i live in an apartment in singapore. friends have seen them glow in caves in malaysia and raved about their beauty. after reading all these enthusiam on all the creations, i will make some too.

twoll5 wrote
on Jul 21, 2008 10:12 AM

I'm with Michelle on not understanding why fellow beaders want to bead insects.  Does this stem from the Egyptians love of scarab beatles?  Or is it a leftover from Victorian times?

However, I have noticed that quite a few beaders seem to be married to or partnered with anglers, so maybe they've been inspired by their spouse's "fly fishing flies" (I could be in serious trouble if I didn't specify the type of "fly")!!!  I wonder if any beaders have been asked to make a firefly or other insect for their angler spouses?

Beaders be careful to buy your own fishing tackle for beading.  Some British beaders have found angler spouses using their Swarovski crystals for fishing - anglers' revenge?!

Happy Bug Beading :-))


SandieB@4 wrote
on Jul 30, 2008 5:05 PM

re: fire flies:  Allison mentioned swarovski crystals in connection with fly tying , I've taken many classes for making our own flies.  I found it very tedious but just realized that it contributed to my sense of layer design.  Sandie.

GeorgiaB@5 wrote
on Aug 7, 2008 3:15 PM

I Would love to make these but I am having trouble finding the glow beads, I have looked at walmart and Dicks sporting goods, is there another place I can look???

I live in Kansas City Missouri,

Maybe a web site where I can find them?

Grandma B

Gypsy@8 wrote
on Aug 12, 2008 12:26 PM

I have not been able to find them, after looking at Walmart, Dicks, Gander Mountian and a few hardware stores .  I will see if I can find Netcraft online.  Thanks Cajung .  

I live in GIrard, Ohio

   Love ya',  Barbie   Happy Beading !

Gypsy@8 wrote
on Aug 12, 2008 1:25 PM

I'm back...........  LOL  Hey, I found the glow in the dark beads.  The site is

Phone #   1800netcraft.  You would have to talk to the Tech. department.  Ph. # 4198688288, extension 1

You can even get a free catalog.  

I got tear drop beads to use as the wings.  I hope they work.  

Thanks again Cajunq.      Love ya' Barbie

libby@22 wrote
on Aug 22, 2008 10:08 AM

I think I am going to modify this a bit to try to make them dragonflies :)  thank you for the idea!

Gypsy@8 wrote
on Aug 27, 2008 4:06 PM

Ok. now I'm having trouble finding the 8mm black round beads with the holes big enough to pass wire through twice !!!

   Any help would be appreciated !  Thanks!

                 Love ya',  Gypsy

Gypsy@8 wrote
on Jan 5, 2009 3:18 PM
I never got a reply on this, and never found black beads. I ended up buying purple and a dark green bead, that sorta look like a cats eye bead. Resin beads. KEEP BEADING !!! Love ya', Gypsy
donna@293 wrote
on Jan 21, 2009 8:09 AM
Gupsy, Try using size 8/o seed beads. Let me know how it works
Gypsy@8 wrote
on Jan 21, 2009 2:09 PM
Thanks Donna, I will write this down and try it at a later date. I will let you know how it does work and the beads I got. Have you made the fireflies with the seed bead? Have a great week ! Thanks again ! ; }
DEB@223 wrote
on Apr 14, 2009 6:27 PM
I lived in Ohio most of my life and now reside in New Mexico where you don't see lightening bugs, as we called them. Many a summer night we'd be outside looking for them and trying to catch them before they "turned out" their lights. We'd compare who had the most in their Miracle Whip jar that had nail punched holes. To no avail, it was fun to lay in bed and watch them as you fell asleep, because in the morning they were dead.
on Jul 9, 2009 8:16 AM
The tackle dept. is a great place to find interesting beading items. I bought spinners to make a funky, noisy bracelet. I've also purchased feathers and other fun objects to incorporate into my handmade jewelry.
mariela8 wrote
on Sep 28, 2009 4:10 PM
sooo cutie!