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41  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / More French Beaded Zodiac Flowers on: November 28, 2008 10:41:24 AM
I've been working on some more of my french beaded mini zodiac flowers. I forgot to measure each of them, but the pots are all about 2 inches, the same as the others in the series (pics in my other post). Here we go!

Leo: Sunflower (my sign!)

Scorpio: Cactus Flower (this one's cuter in real life, but I'm overall not delighted in it)

Sagitarius: Narcissus (similar to a daffodil)

Aquarius: Pink Hybiscus

What do you think? 5 more to go!
42  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Copyright question-- selling disney/harry potter/etc themed crafts? on: November 23, 2008 08:24:43 AM
How do you know if it's legal to sell your disney/harry potter/etc themed craft? I'm not talking about things like purses with disney fabric or a bracelet that uses pictures directly from the harry potter movies. I'm thinking more like crochet snitches, polyclay cupcakes with mickey mouse ears... things that aren't straight from any copyright material, but are definitely being sold because they are based on copyright material. What's ok and what's not? I've seen a lot of themed items on etsy, but I'm not willing to take the chance of selling similar stuff until I know I won't get in trouble.
43  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / french beaded zodiac flowers + christmas tree on: November 19, 2008 06:02:02 PM
My first craft show is next month, and I've made a lot of french beaded charms and little things, but I started missing doing actual flowers. I'm trying to keep everything small and affordable, but still uniquely me, so I decided to make a series of mini potted flowers, one for each of the zodiac signs. Here's what I've made so far:

Taurus: light blue violets, 3 1/2 inches tall

Aries: rich red tulip, 5 in. tall

Libra: bright pink (it's brighter than the picture looks) cyclamen, 5 in tall

I also made one tiny christmas tree. It took forever to make, so I don't think it's worth it to make another. I'm thinking about making a little tree skirt because I'm not in love with the pot. It's 4 inches tall and much prettier than the picture shows. It's made with silver lined green beads, so it's extra sparkly and festive.

What do you think? I do intend to make flowers for the rest of the zodiac signs, so keep an eye out for those! I'll post again when I've made at least 3 more.
44  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / French Beaded Purple Pendant on: November 01, 2008 08:28:13 PM
I wanted to make a tutorial for you guys. I really did. I had a design in mind that I thought would work perfectly. It was going well... but then... then suddenly the flower took over and designed itself. This is totally not what I was planning on making, but I love it. So where's the tutorial? Well, I intended to make it. I even started typing it up. However, after an hour of typing and uploading pictures and I was only about half done, I decided that maybe this wasn't the best piece for a tutorial. I still intend to make a tutorial one day. Tongue

This pendant is made with 15/0 Silver lined lilac seed beads (I was desperate to use these beauties!) and 15/0 silver-lined green beads. I also used a swarovski crystal and some various other pretty beads for the drop. What do you think?

45  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / French Beaded Flowers-- interested in a tutorial? on: October 27, 2008 06:50:32 PM
I've been getting a lot of good responses to my work so far, and I really appreciate it! I've also been getting a lot of requests for advice about how to make them. I have never made a tutorial, but would be willing to if enough people think that they would want to use it. I'm all for more people doing this art, as it is still kinda unknown and not very frequently done, but I'm also a pretty busy person, so I want to make sure that it would be super duper useful for you guys before I take the time to do it. 

So I have a few questions for you:
1)Have you ever tried french flower beading? (If so, how'd you try to learn?)
2)Would you be interested in a french flower beading tutorial geared towards a complete beginner?
3)What would you like the tutorial to be for? A specific flower? A piece of jewelry? Etc.

Feel free to leave any other comments!

46  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Beaded Golden Snitch! on: October 27, 2008 06:36:16 PM
Using french flower beading techniques, I created this awesome snitch charm! It's 3 inches long. The center is made with 24kt gold plated seed beads and the wings are made with translucent glass seed beads plus one swarovski crystal in each wing. The center is 3-d. I'm pretty pleased with it!

47  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / French beaded flower jewelry set! on: October 25, 2008 03:31:17 PM
I created these for a personal swap with paulinerose:

The set includes (clockwise from left) a pendant, a ring, and a barrette. She wanted pink roses, but also commented that she liked one of my pieces that was all neutral colors, so I decided to make the pink more "grown-up" and less "Barbie" by mixing red-lined topaz seed beads (pink) with dark topaz seed beads, topaz swarovski crystals, and other various topaz or brown beads. I really hope she likes them! I hadn't ever made a barrette like this, so it was definitely a challenge.
48  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Winter Weeping Willow on: October 02, 2008 09:48:53 AM
 This is a weeping willow tree that I made from silver floral wire and some pretty iridescent glass tear drop beads. It's attached to a rock that I got at my local aquarium store. The person there called it "Utah Ice" but I have no idea if that's the actual name! I'd love to hear your comments and critiques! Smiley

Here's a close-up:
49  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Introduce Yourself / I'm new and so excited to contribute! on: September 26, 2008 07:12:30 PM
I found out about this site through crafty friends on deviantART.com and I'm really excited! I am a french beaded flower artist, which, I know, is not very common. I can't wait to share my work with this site and help other people learn more about my art! I am especially interested in making french beaded flowers more accessible and interesting to all people by creating a variety of projects-- anything from headbands and jewelry to wedding bouquets. I'm excited to get input from so many different crafters who can advise me on how to accomplish this. Smiley

Sorry for the rambling. Tongue I'm looking forward to becoming involved in this site!
50  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / French Beaded Flower Headbands on: September 26, 2008 06:08:24 AM
Hi everybody,
I'm brand spanking new to the site, but I'm really excited about it. I do french beaded flowers and will be doing my first craft show in a few months. I'm trying out some new stuff and would love some feedback. These are headbands with french beaded flowers (and various other little things) wrapped in some pretty ribbon. What do you think?

Let me know if this is the wrong forum or something. Would french beaded flowers go in "jewelry and trinkets?" Thanks!
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