bead jewelry making - beaded flower making

August 2005 Beaded Brooch

You can find a variety of Free Arts and Craft Project here, including beaded project and other project.  This month's project is a beaded flower brooch using a combination of beads and crystal.

The pictorials are illustrated with spaces between beads for a clearer direction, in the actual beading, there should be no spaces.

Beaded Flower Brooch :

What you need:

1)    Craft wire.
2)    seed beads and bugle (hexagon) beads of the same color
3)    One 8mm round crystal

Step 1: Cut a piece of wire around 1/2 meter (as it is hard to attach new wire in the middle of the work)

String 3 seed beads on to the center of the piece of wire, cross the wire at the two beads on the left and right side. (make sure the wire is balanced out and of the same length on both side, then pull tight)
Step 2: Continue to add 3 bugle (hexagon) beads and crisscross both end of wires through this 3 beads. (remember to pull tight)
Step 3: Continue to add 4 bugle (hexagon) beads and crisscross both end of wires through this 4 beads. (remember to pull tight)
Step 4: Continue to add 5 bugle (hexagon) beads and crisscross both end of wires through this 5 beads. (remember to pull tight)

Repeat this step again - adding another 5 beads, crisscross and pull tight.
Step 5: Now start to decrease, add 4 bugle (hexagon) beads and crisscross both end of wires through this 4 beads. (remember to pull tight)
Step 6: Getting the idea? decrease by adding 3, then 2 then finally 1 last bugle (hexagon) bead - this makes one petal. (Do not cut away the excess wire)

Make 5 of these petals.
Step 7: Making the center of the flower brooch: Cut another piece of wire, string a seed bead at the center and string both ends through the 8mm round crystal.

Pull tight and split up the two wire by pulling one to each side.
Step 8: Do this if you are using a brooch pin with two holes on the plate: 

Start tying on the petals, this may take some practice: tie the two wire of each petals onto the two wire of the center crystal's two wire (sometimes tying both wire from one petal onto the same side of the wire from the center crystal).

OR if you are using the round plate brooch pin back with multiple holes:

You can - just simply tie all the wires to the center crystal wires without splitting them, which means you will end up with one chunk of wires tied only at the tip near the crystal. This time don't twist the wires together, just string them through the round brooch pin with multiple holes as deem fit, twist, tie off and cut away the excess. 

You can always glue on a piece of cloth material cut the same size as the back of the brooch pin and hid the wires.

More projects to be found in the below categories:

Other Project Adult Project Flower Project Jewelry Project
Kid Art Project Bead Project Ring and Bracelet Project
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