Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Beaded Flowers

Following on from doing my lovely garden signs I started to wonder how dreary my lovely garden was going to start looking in the autumn, when most of my flowers would be dying away.  I have lots of beads in my craft stash and looking at some bits I made years ago, I got to thinking.....






These are so simple to make, all you  need are beads and wire.  First thread on your beads,  I did 6 lots of 30 beads, do not cut off the wire from the spool until the flower is made .....


Then  use the last bead threaded, bending the wire back and giving it a few twists....


Push the next 29 beads up to this bead and then bend in half making a loop.  Use the first bead to twist the wire around and stabilise the first petal....



Next push the next 30 beads towards this petal, again use the that last bead threaded to help twist the wire and stabilise the next petal.....


Continue doing this until you have seven petals in total.  You might find it easier to twist the wire over the gaps between the petals as you get more petals developed.









 Now cut the wire with about 12 inches spare.  Thread onto this 14 different colour beads to make the centre of the flower....



Twist the wire into a spiral and then wrap the wire between several petals to stabilise the centre, pulling the wire tight and to the back.....


Your flower is then ready to be put wherever you want it.  I made several, then  threaded about a metre long piece of wire.  I placed my flowers along the stem of one of shepherds crook lamp holders and then wrapped the long beaded wire around the whole lot to hide all the wire ends.


You might just about be able to see the cobweb and the butterfly that I made years ago hiding at the top of these crooks!  Hopefully when the flowers die back there will still be a nice splash of colour in my garden.


Happy Crafting x x x x



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