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« on: December 26, 2009 06:02:33 AM »

i made this pendant for my mum (her favorite flowers are snowdrops) as part of her christmas present. this was my first attempt at making up my own pattern (i've followed tutorials before to make flowers but nothing this fiddely! ) since i was short on cash i used a few strands of copper wire from i salvaged from an old electrial cable.
overall im happy with it though if i make anymore i will try to get hold of silver beading wire as the copper (especialy in certain lights) is rather obvious ( i chose the wire rather than the nylon thread because i thought it would hold its shape better and give the pendant more strength)





the snow drop is made with ladder stitch (i think a diagram is probably the easiest explanation) green circles represent green beads and white circles are pearl beads. i used seed beads with a few slightly large beads (as indicated on the pattern by larger circles)



start at the bottom as indicated by the arrow. make 3 of the 'petals'.



use one of the wires from one of the petal pieces and stitch as indicated by the zigzag lines.


then set aside.

make the 'bell' of the snowdrop starting at the bottom as indicated by the arrow. make 4 of the 'bell' pieces.



use one of he wires from one of the bell pieces to stitch together as indicated by the zigzag lines in the pattern adding the beads that will form the bell's 'frill' as you go.



take all the wires and tread through one slightly larger beads in the same colour as you have used white parts of the snowdrop.



pass this through the top of the petal piece you had set aside so the bell hangs between the petals.

take all the wires from both pieces and thread through the beads (using whatever number you want to reach your desired length of stem) finishing with two larger beads as shown in the pattern below.



i havn't tried to create a tutorial before so if you are unsure dont hesitate to ask and i will try to clarify. Smiley
depending on the thickness of wire you chose you may need to adjust the size of beads you use accordingly.


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« Reply #1 on: December 26, 2009 07:33:09 AM »

it's beautiful! I love it!
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« Reply #2 on: December 29, 2009 08:44:35 AM »

This is beautiful! I really want to make this for my mum, could you post the pattern? Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: December 29, 2009 04:45:23 PM »

I love it, my son was born in January and I believe that is Jan's flower...beautiful! (going to try working with seed beads as a resolution this year..this is inspiring!)
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« Reply #4 on: December 29, 2009 06:00:15 PM »

Very clever!
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« Reply #5 on: December 29, 2009 09:40:31 PM »

This is beautiful! I really want to make this for my mum, could you post the pattern? Smiley

i made up the pattern and to be honest im not entirely certain how i did some of it (i actualy  sat down and planed the petals but the center bit i kinda made up as i went along Embarrassed )
but i'l  can see if i can create some kind of tutorial
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« Reply #6 on: December 30, 2009 08:46:25 AM »

This is beautiful! I really want to make this for my mum, could you post the pattern? Smiley

i made up the pattern and to be honest im not entirely certain how i did some of it (i actualy  sat down and planed the petals but the center bit i kinda made up as i went along Embarrassed )
but i'l  can see if i can create some kind of tutorial

That would be great Cheesy I already went out and got beads and wire Grin
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« Reply #7 on: December 31, 2009 12:19:51 AM »

Nice job! I find Victorian/ladder stitch beading to be really fiddly, especially with smaller beads and wire! Neat work and beautiful flower pattern.
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« Reply #8 on: January 02, 2010 01:05:12 PM »

Another vote for a pattern - snowdrops are my favourite and you've really captured their delicacy! Lovely job!
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