Okay, I have neglected my star posts for a while...
This star was also a late one: made for the 5th but on the 8th... idea provided by my dad on the 6th.
My mother had these metal cleaning beads in a sieve to dry. Originally, I wanted to form them into a large star, which didn't work at all. So I placed a few of them in a second layer on top of the others - and then found it extraordinarily difficult to capture it on a photo. The star kept disappearing as soon as the camera focused.
It worked eventually with the right angle, from a greater distance, and with the pearls taken slightly out of the focus of the camera:
Still, upon zooming in the star becomes more difficult to recognise: