Crystal bead bouquets are becoming increasingly popular as an alternative to fresh flowers. Beads can be expensive and the bouquets can be time consuming to create, but the finished product is a sparkling and lasting keepsake.
Things you need
- 24-gauge, non-tarnish floral wire
- Crystal beads
- Wire cutter
- Needle-nose pliers
Cut wire into sixteen, 75 cm (30 inch) lengths. For a fuller bouquet cut more wires. For smaller or bigger bouquets (circumference), cut shorter or longer wire pieces.
Slide a bead to the centre of a wire. Bend the wire in half so that both ends meet and make a twist to secure the bead. Continue twisting the two ends of the wire together until the entire wire is twisted. Be sure to twist wire securely using needle-nose pliers. Cut the loose ends of wire with wire clippers. For a fuller look, add more beads to the centre of the wire before twisting the two ends together.
Repeat the above step for the sixteen pieces of wire. You may decide to make identical bead patterns for symmetry or alternate bead patterns for variety. When finished, arrange the beaded stems into a bouquet. Wrap ends tightly with wire to secure before wrapping the ends with ribbon.
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