How to make beaded flowers

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How to make beaded flowers
Beaded flower (Beadsinbloom/Flickr.com)

Beaded flowers provide beautiful decoration to a variety of items. They enhance hair accessories, embellish jewellery and adorn speciality clothes. These lovely pieces look intricately designed, yet can be hand made by a simple process.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Craft wire
  • Wire cutters
  • 10/0 seed beads
  • Felt
  • Hot glue gun
  • Glue stick

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Instructions

    Beading the petals

  1. 1

    Cut a piece of wire 9 inches in length.

  2. 2

    String 14 beads onto the wire and centre them.

  3. 3

    Fashion a loop with the beads and twist the wire to form a "petal."

  4. 4

    Take the long end of the wire and string 24 more beads.

  5. 5

    Form another loop and twist the wire to create a second layer of the "petal."

  6. 6

    Taking the longer end of wire, once again, string 33 beads and fashion the final layer of "petal" to this wire.

  7. 7

    Repeat steps 1 through 6 until you have 10 beaded petals with three layers each.

    Forming the Flower

  1. 1

    Layer five of the petals on top of each other and twist the wires to form one stem.

  2. 2

    Repeat step 2 with the other five petals.

  3. 3

    Stack the two layers of petals on top of one another and join their stems by twisting them around each other.

  4. 4

    Push out the petals and spread them to form a complete flower. Manoeuvre the petals until you achieve a desired appearance.

  5. 5

    Coil the wire and push it flat against the flower, trimming off any excess.

  6. 6

    Cut a circle out of felt to cover the wire on the back of the flower.

  7. 7

    Glue the felt to the back of the flower using a glue gun.

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