How to make beaded brooches

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How to make beaded brooches
Pink and silver beaded brooch. (LJohnson adaptation)

Making beaded brooches is easier than it looks, and you can be as creative as you like. Your brooch can be any combination of sizes and colours of beads. It doesn't have to be a butterfly, a snowflake or anything specific. It can be as generic as a spiral or a square. Beading is beautiful, so buy glass beads, Swarovski beads, faux pearls and more at your beading store. Then create sparkling, unique brooches -- one for every outfit and one for everyone on your gift list.

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Things you need

  • Brooch back with holes
  • Fine beading wire, 20 or 22 gauge
  • Assorted beads and crystals
  • Round nose pliers
  • Wire cutters

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  1. 1

    Cut several pieces of wire as long or short as you like using the wire cutters.

  2. 2

    Draw a piece of wire through a hole in the brooch back and wind it around a few times to make it tight.

  3. 3

    Thread on some beads. In the picture, the beads on each wire are the same colour and size, but you can use bigger and smaller beads, in any colours you like. Pass the wire through the next hole on the brooch back. Use the round nose pliers to pass the wire through that same hole again. Pull tightly until the beads feel secure. Now you have a beaded loop.

  4. 4

    Make more beaded loops by passing wires through the holes on the back and wrapping them tightly. Thread on the beads and pass that wire through the next hole, then through the same hole again using the round nose pliers.

  5. 5

    Make as many beaded loops as you like using all the holes on the back. The brooch will begin to look full, almost like a flower with separate petals. You can vary the length of the wires and use contrasting colours of beads, to create bigger or smaller loops or "petals."

  6. 6

    Leave an unbeaded length of wire when you're done making beaded loops. Wrap it several times around the end of the brooch back and trim off the excess with the wire cutters.

  7. 7

    Reshape and adjust the loops to make the brooch wider or taller. Gently fan them out, and separate them from each other, almost like the loops in a bow. They can be fluffy or flat, whichever you prefer. You can squeeze the wires together to make a more compact design.

Tips and warnings

  • You can make many variations of this basic design, and create new ones, too.
  • Protect your eyes when you are snipping wire with the wire cutters.

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