I really challenged the ladies by throwing split rings at them last week and split rings with beads at the same time was way too much too soon. So taking a step back I rethought the process and came up with this:
It's the same basic idea with rings off the top of the chains added. In place of the beads we have size 10 thread with a metallic filament. Sparkle without hassle. Each of the ladies managed about one third of a snowflake during class. If they work on it at home, they should have one finished or nearly finished, by next week and we'll do another the same. Not spectacular, but at least it is something that they will be able to do and display on their Christmas tree.