Beaded crystal flowers are focal points for jewellery designs, embellishments for home decor items and accents for pastries. You can make beaded crystal flowers in sizes and colours to fit any project. Attach stems to large beaded flowers using wire and floral tape to create a decorative crystal arrangement. Glue colourful crystal flowers around a plain vase to create a distinctive, handcrafted gift. Once you learn the basics, you can adapt the techniques to make a variety of indoor, outdoor and personal accessories.
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Things you need
- Measuring tape
- 22-gauge craft wire
- Wire cutters
- 6mm crystal bead
- 8mm crystal beads
Cut two 18-inch lengths of 22-gauge craft wire. The wire colour will not be noticeable with coloured crystal beads, but will be visible if you use clear crystal beads.
Thread five 8mm crystals to the centre of one wire strand. Form a circle with the beaded section, twisting the wires twice to join them as they exit the beads. You should have a beaded circle with two even lengths of wire exiting the circle.
Bend one exit wire across the centre of the bead circle, on top of the beads. Bend the other exit wire across the centre of the bead circle, underneath the beads. Thread a 6mm crystal bead onto the wire stretched across the top of the bead circle. Fit the 6mm crystal into the centre of the circle. This beaded circle is the centre of the flower.
Fold the wire holding the centre 6mm crystal between any two circle beads to the underside of the circle. Twist the two wires together underneath the circle twice. The twist will anchor the circle beads and the centre bead in place.
Insert the remaining wire from Step 1 between the twisted wires and the beaded circle. Center the new wire beneath the circle. Position the wires so that one section extends in a different direction away from the circle: north, south, east and west.
Twist the north- and south-facing wires once in the centre for added security. Repeat with the east- and west-facing wires. Reposition the wires to face the north, south, east and west. The wires should be straight.
Thread 8mm crystal beads onto one of the extended wires up to 1/2 inch of the end of the wire. Curve the beaded wire into a petal shape. Insert the open 1/2-inch end beneath the twisted wires underneath the flower's centre. Twist the wire end onto the other twisted wires to anchor the petal into position.
Repeat Step 7 with the remaining three extended wires to make three additional petals for the flower.
Tips and warnings
- Use smaller beads and/or more wires added beneath the centre to make different types of crystal beaded flowers.
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