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« on: August 20, 2006 10:43:07 AM »

I'm not sure whether it is really completed or whether I would turn it into something like pendants or so... One is already turned into a brooch. I used beads and wire (and one safety pin for the brooch).
Some of the colours aren't shown well... That's usual problem with shiny materials. Never mind, I love our scanner. Wink



EDIT(31/8/06): I've found a site where they have similar ones with making-of photos. It's not the way I make it, but it's nice and interesting.
http://www.bobrik.cz/art.php/art/240

EDIT(27/10/06): TUTORIAL!
Time's here, we have short holidays.

So you need:
  • Wire - thin, bendable, but firm enough not to break everytime you twist it. But more bendable is better, because the work with it is easier.
  • Beads - smaller ones are better, but make sure the holes are big enough for your wire, better two times
  • Pliers, only to cut the wire. Eventually you can cut it using strong scissors, but you never know what many cuttings can do to them, so prefer pliers.
  • Eventually safety pin to create the brooches

Now cut the wire to desired length. Unfortunatelly, I don't remember how much it is, but I guess about 75 cm. Experiment with it, you'll see. Anyway, the flowers can vary in size, as you can see on my picture.

There are more ways how to start, but the general is: circle. You can make a circle with tiny beads - for the shape the best number is eight or something about it. Then it looks like this - though here are ten of them:


Here's my attempt to show you the way how to create the circle:


Now bend the twisted part into the circle and put the free end into one of the beads. (I'm sorry, but I lack proper verbs, so if you don't understand something, feel free to ask and I'll try to say it other way.)
Now it's pure eperimenting, general advice is - add new beads, create desired shapes in circles and don't forget to attach it to previous circles from time to time. It's a bit like crocheting in circle, if it helps you.

Like on these pictures:


There are the other ways of beginings. One of them is one bigger bead in the middle, like here:


Actually it's very similar to the previous one, but you have only one bead. So you must create another half-circle of wire around it, to enable adding new layers of beads. That's the most difficult part, because it must be loose and relatively regular in shape, but I'm sure you'll learn it. I did. Don't forget to fix it by attaching it to previous layer. I guess picture is more obvious...


Making the circle of wire loose is VERY important - if you didn't, you'll soon find out you're not able to add the new layer. But don't exaggerate the looseness, on the other hand.

Third way is to make at first a circle of wire and then a circle of beads around it and attach it - as third layer - by small eyes of wire. It's the most difficult way, but it's probably the only way how to start with more bigger beads with bigger holes and keep the shape. Like here:


Another important thing is adding the crossbars made of long beads (or rows of beads with equal function). I didn't find a better way than this:


As you can see, the wire that goes to the previous layer isn't hidden on its way back, I only try to keep them all on the "wrong" side. Above it's attached to the place where it goes to the long bead.


I hope you got the idea and would be able to make it yourselves. Believe me, it's all just playing with it.
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« Reply #1 on: August 20, 2006 10:59:01 AM »

These are really cool! Are there instructions for them anywhere? I'd like to try to make them, too.
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« Reply #2 on: August 20, 2006 11:02:38 AM »

It's very simple... I think I will add tutorial as soon as I find more time for thinking about the best instructions. Wink You need quite thin but pretty firm wire: that's the first secret of succes.
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« Reply #3 on: August 20, 2006 05:53:43 PM »

Another craftster who likes to play with beads and thin wire! I Love this kind of beadwork. Nice to meet you! Smiley

I use a really thin galvanized steel wire for this type of work, 28 or 26 gauge. It's thin, but firm. Is that what you used?

Your work is just beautiful! Make more! Make more! Wink
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« Reply #4 on: August 20, 2006 09:53:04 PM »

I cannot tell you... I got the wire from my father, who had found it amongst his tools. He said it was taken from an old telephone cable. And now I'm short of it, so I cannot make more... Cry
But I've got lots of beads. Wink Some are bought and some are from my grandma, who has old stocks. Smiley And because I'm from Czech Republic, I have wide choice!
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« Reply #5 on: October 27, 2006 05:15:35 AM »

So I finally added the tutorial.
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« Reply #6 on: October 27, 2006 08:31:35 AM »

great tutorial! Thank you for all that work! I'm bookmarking this so I can use your tut once I get moved into mynew house! Thanks again
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« Reply #7 on: October 27, 2006 08:38:23 AM »

That's pleasing. Smiley

I've just found and corrected a mistake - the wire that goes to the previous layer isn't hidden on its way back
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« Reply #8 on: November 08, 2006 06:54:28 PM »

Oh these are pretty! I'm probably going to make one for my grandmother for chirstmas. Smiley
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« Reply #9 on: November 09, 2006 08:16:58 AM »

Oh yes, such flowers used to be used as Christmas tree ornaments!
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