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« on: March 21, 2010 04:39:45 PM »

I've been creating french beaded flowers for almost 3 years now. I've seen people use them to create wedding bouquets, and I have been commissioned to create bouquets in the past.  This bouquet is created as a sample, not a commission, and I really wanted to see if I could make a bouquet that looked like a western floral designer had put it together.  I wanted people across the room to have no idea that it's made of beads.  I chose to make it in shades of dark pink.  I'm happy with the results and wanted to show all of you!

The bouquet is made completely out of size 11 seed beads strung on red and green colored copper wire.  Each of the flowers is my own design, as is the overall look.  There are 5 large roses and lots of little flowers created with different shades of pink.  Each small flower has a clear swarovski bicone in the center.




It's not huge.  The whole thing is 9 inches from top to bottom.  Yes, it's a little heavy.


I made each stem a little more "polished" by wrapping them in green embroidery floss.  Then I wrapped the whole thing with pink/gold ribbon and burgundy velvet ribbon with 9 swarovski rhinestones. 


Here's what the top looks like:


The best thing about this bouquet is that it won't wilt and it will last for a loooong time.  This is something that could be passed on to your daughter, and perhaps even to your granddaughter. 

I would love to hear your comments and critiques, and I hope this post opens you up to the idea of using french beaded flowers in your wedding! 
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« Reply #1 on: March 21, 2010 04:54:25 PM »

That is just gorgeous. I really like fresh flowers at a wedding, but this is so stunning that I'd totally appreciate it. Nice work.
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« Reply #2 on: March 21, 2010 05:47:30 PM »

I love it. Its stunning and the best part is, no allergy issues!
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« Reply #3 on: March 21, 2010 05:48:31 PM »

gorgeous!!!  I want to put that on my sideboard!  your beaded flowers are always amazing.
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« Reply #4 on: March 21, 2010 05:58:59 PM »

bubblegum_pheonix-- no allergy issues, no wilting during outdoor weddings (my next bridal bouquet is for a bride who's getting married on a beach in August!), and no "preserved" flowers, which I think look kinda yucky.  I wonder if these could be considered more eco-friendly as well?  I'm not sure what resources are used to create glass and copper wire and whether or not they use less resources than fresh flowers, but this bouquet is definitely reusable. 
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« Reply #5 on: March 21, 2010 06:26:04 PM »

These are fantastic!  I'm getting married in November and I'll def. be learning how to do these between now and then!
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« Reply #6 on: March 21, 2010 09:06:39 PM »

lol, sounds like my cup of tea, dya think you could do pohutakawa blossoms lol  Cheesy
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« Reply #7 on: March 22, 2010 05:34:26 AM »

ladysarahjane-- better get started soon!  They are quite time consuming to create.  I recommend Dalene Kelly's books (you can get them on amazon) for beginners. Smiley 

bubblegum_phoenix-- I looked up pohutakawa, but I don't see them being translated into a beaded flower. Tongue  Unless I made them with a ton of loops... I dunno.
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« Reply #8 on: March 25, 2010 05:27:14 AM »

I really Love this! Not sure I have the patience for it tho  Undecided
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« Reply #9 on: March 05, 2011 02:55:33 PM »

this is fantastic!! i want to do this for my wedding but i couldnt find a bouquet put together like i wanted..... UNTIL NOW!!! so glad i saw this post
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