Plumerias are the traditional fragrant tropical flowers used in leis to welcome visitors to Hawaii. They are common throughout the tropics. Although pink is the most common colour for these 2-inch blossoms, hues vary from white to deep red. Beaded versions of the five-petal tropical flowers are popular fashion accessories. These lovely flowers are favourites for hair ornaments and brooches and even grace home decor Make a beaded plumeria pin in a couple of hours using a few simple materials.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Pink seed beads
- Pale pink seed beads
- Pale yellow seed beads
- Beading wire, 20-gauge
- Wire clippers
- Bead stopper or paper clips
- Flat-nose beading pliers
- Small metal file
- Bar pin
- Craft glue such as E6000
Measure 3-inch to 6-inch lengths of beading wire for each petal. Place a bead stopper on one end of a wire. Thread dark pink seed beads onto the wire until you have 2 1/2 inches of beads.
Form a gentle bend in the centre of the wire. Remove the bead stopper and push the beads evenly up the wire until they are centred on the curve. Use pliers to twist the wire ends together snugly against the bottom of the beads.
Thread light a 2-inch length of light pink beads on the second wire. Center a curve in the wire and snug the beads up. Twist the wire ends together with pliers.
Make a third wire using a 1 1/2-inch length of pale yellow beads. Form and fasten off the loop the same as the other two. Place the three loops one on top of the other so that they lie flat. Use pliers to gently twist the ends of the wires together close to the beads to finish the petal.
Make four more petals in the same way. Gently bend each petal over your finger to make a slight curve. Cut a 4-inch piece of wire. Hold the stems of the five completed petals together and wrap wire around to hold them. Use pliers for a tight wrap and twist the wires closed.
Arrange the petals evenly to form a flower. Clip the petal wires below the wrap. Don't cut off the ends of the wrapping wire. Smooth the clipped ends with the file.
Use the ends of the wrapping wire to attach the flower to the bar pin. Trim off excess wire and file smooth. Add a couple of drops of craft glue, such as E6000 glue, to secure the flower to the pin. Allow the glue to dry.
Tips and warnings
- Attach several plumeria flowers to florist's stem wire to make a bouquet.
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