I know, I know, it's much too early for Christmas baubles. But there were some ideas I wanted to try out. The red and green ball is just a bigger version of the black and brights beads that I showed a couple of posts back. Very easy, I didn't have to work out a pattern or stringing chart. For the other one, I drew one section of the pattern and then just multiplied it by six.
I kept fingers crossed that it was going to work, that was a lot of beads threaded in vain if it didn't! It worked fine, the theory was good. There's a plastic ball from a deodorant bottle in the middle of each ball.