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