Get your creative juices flowing
by: Dwyn Tomlinson
I just like to noodle around with beads without worrying too much about
what I am making. Just playing with the beads. This technique is good
for using left over odds and ends of beads too. You can add a pin-back
to these to make them into a brooch, decorate a summer hat with them, or
maybe use them as decorative elements on a table for a dinner party, or
even on a side board or in a guest powder room?
To make the
leaf portions, take a piece of relatively fine wire, i.e. 26 gauge,
slide a leaf bead to the center, and fold the wire in half, with that
bead at the centre. Then twist the bead until you have about a quarter
inch of “stem” and the leaf is held securely. Then divide the wire, and
slide another leaf on down close to the first one, about an inch out,
and twist the leaf, holding the wires secured, until you have another
short stem made. Then do the same on the other wire. Continue
alternating wires until you have enough leaves.
For the blooms,
add your dagger, petal beads, etc., 6 or more to a piece of wire, and
then twist until they are tightly held. They will probably want to flop
back and forth still, however, so add a drop of clear glue between each
petal in order for them to hold their shape.
Make your leafs and
flowers separately, then twist the stems together, and overwrap with
more wire to secure them and make the main branch stronger and more
secure. Make sure to tuck pointy ends in and trim them off so that no
one gets stabbed.