Round Glass Beads are usually used for Flower making. Glass Beads
are available in a variety of colours and different textures. Clear crystal
beads lined with dye, Transparent beads with the light shining through
giving a jewel like appearance and Chalk or solid beads which are not at all
transparent. Large beads are used on stem wires for finishing the stem of a
flower or the centre veins of leaves.
Basics of Petals
Petals can be of
different shapes like round, pointed, loop, wrap shape etc. Some designs have
the petal pointed at one end and some at both end.. You can make all the
petals of the flower continuously with one wire or make each petal with
different wires and join them to make a flower.
A basic wire to string
the basic count of beads, around which the design is formed is needed for both
round and pointed petal.
Take a silver or gold
wire cut out a piece of wire to string the basic number of beads needed for the
particular design. The lower end of the basic wire is the 'bottom' of the petal
and upper part is the 'top' of the petal . The shape of the top and
bottom of the petal depends upon the design.
After making the
flowers . Make a loop with the feed wire left.
Decide the length of
the stem. Say if its about 12", cut a 24" length piece from the
wire and fold it in exactly half. So that the stem will look thick or use a
thicker wire for the stem. At the end of the stalk make a small bend and hook it
on the loop below the flower. Then wind the green tape around the stem
Binding Flowers or leaves to the stem
Hold a binding wire
very securely against the stem.
Bring the bottom of
the petal or leaf close to the stem wire with its hanging stems
Wind the wire
tightly around the stem.
Each leaf or petal
is attached one at a time with the same piece of winding wire.
When all petals
have been joined to the stem go around the stem with the binding wire
another two turns and cut away.