Crystal flowers made from crystal beads are fast and simple to create. Use the crystal flowers to enhance home decor like picture frames, mirrors, vases and candle holders. Dangle one from a silk cord and wear it as a necklace. Use them to decorate cakes. Attach them to a pipe cleaner stem to create a bouquet of sparkling flowers that will never fade.
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Things you need
- 22-gauge craft wire
- Wire cutters
- Measuring tape
- 4mm and 6mm crystal beads
Cut two 12-inch lengths of 22-gauge craft wire.
Thread five 6mm crystals to the centre of one strip of wire. Bend the wire together at either end of the beads to form a circle. Twist the wires together twice as they exit the beads. You should have a tight beaded circle with two wires of even lengths extending from the circle.
Bend one wire over the top of the centre of the crystal bead circle. Bend one wire underneath the centre of the circle. Thread a 4mm crystal over the open end of the wire on top of the beaded circle. Fit the 4mm crystal bead into the centre of the circle. The crystal bead circle is the centre of the flower.
Bend the wire holding the 4mm crystal between any two beads in the circle to the back of the circle. Twist the wires together underneath the circle twice to anchor the beads in place.
Slide the second wire from Step 1 beneath the twisted wires on the underside of the crystal circle. Slide the wire so that the crystal circle is centred above it. You should now have four wires beneath the crystal bead circle, each one facing a different direction opposite directions.
Bend two adjacent wires and twist them together for added security. Bend the wires back in the north, south, east and west directions. Hold the flower with one hand and straighten each wire with the other.
Thread 6mm crystal beads over one of the extended wires. Leave half an inch of wire open at the end. Bend the beaded wire into a loop, or petal, shape. Thread the half-inch end beneath the twisted wires at the back of the flower's centre. Twist the end of the wire over the twisted wires to anchor the petal in place.
Repeat Step 6 with the remaining three wires to make three more petals.
Tips and warnings
- Cut the excess wires after Step 4 if you prefer to make a small crystal bead flower.
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