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« on: December 12, 2004 08:04:22 PM »


I started making these for sale back in May this year, have been selling them through craft markets, especially the pink and purple clips  :-)

My four yo daughter is the inspiration for most of the stuff I make (2yo doesn't have enough hair for these yet!!! lol)

They're dead easy to make, especially since my dh made me a bead-spinner craftily put together with a bit of dowel and an old mini-cheesecake dish.

OK, here's how I do it.

1. Using a spool of fine gauge beading wire (28 gauge is what I use) thread up the required number of beads. The flowers I put on hair snaps have 5 petals made with 20 beads each so that's 100 beads :-) The flowers I make for the scrap-booking store have 5 petals with only 15 beads/petal. It all depends on the size of flower you want. The beads I use are size 11s or sometimes 2-cut 10s.

2. Make a loop and twist the end of the wire so the beads can't fall off. Holding the wire about 10cm or so (4in) from the twisted end, slide the 1st 20 beads towards your hand. Form the beaded wire section into a loop and twist at the base of it a couple of times to secure the loop.

3. Slide the next 20 beads along the wire hard up against the 1st petal then loop and twist to secure. Repeat this step until you've completed the 5 petals.

4. Cut the wire from your spool leaving about a 10cm tail. Bring the tail end of the wire to the front of the flower and thread on a single bead to be the centre of the flower. I usually use a contrasting colour in a larger size than the petals.

5. Take the tail end of the wire round to the back of the flower and twist both lengths of wire together. This will secure the flower to stop it all falling apart. If you are going to attach the flower to a clip or something similar,twist the tails together until you get right to the end.

If you are going to glue the flower to something, trim the tail close to the flower and then press the stump over against the flower so it sits fairly flat. If you're going to thread the flower onto a necklace you won't want anything scratchy against skin, so what I do is leave the twisted tail long, bring it to the front of the flower, poke it through the central bead and trim close to the edge of the bead so the sharp end is effectively hidden inside the bead.

Here's a link to the page where I found info on making a bead spinner, plus a photo of the one my dh made for me.

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« Reply #1 on: December 12, 2004 08:14:45 PM »

Those are really neat, I like them! Smiley

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« Reply #2 on: December 13, 2004 03:50:43 PM »

I like these. I have been wanting to make beaded flowers.  Great colors.

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« Reply #3 on: December 18, 2004 09:34:14 AM »

hey...can u post some tutorial to teach us how to do that flower?? =) it'll be a great christmas gift Grin
« Reply #4 on: December 18, 2004 12:04:47 PM »

What is a bead spinner?

« Reply #5 on: December 21, 2004 05:52:01 AM »

thanks so much for the cute idea! i don't have a picture, but when i made mine, i did a double layer of petals, so it looked more "full" when completed.

do you find that the bead-spinner works well and is worth the effort involved in making one? they seem pretty clever! i'd never even seen one before! i've been beading for so long...and here i am using my finger tips, like a SAP!!

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« Reply #6 on: December 21, 2004 12:13:51 PM »

Hi. I love the bead-spinner! It made what was just a fun thing to do into something worthwhile as a commercial venture, albeit a tiny home-based one! ;-) The spinner works so well, I'd say it is probably 10x faster than threading by hand. Definitely give it a go! It took my dh about 5 mins to make the spinner (if you don't count eating the cheesecake!) He used a stanley knife to cut a little X in the bottom of the container, cut a length of dowel and sanded the end really fast, glued it in place and voila!


« Reply #7 on: December 21, 2004 05:01:04 PM »

So cute!  I was just thinking about making barrettes for my cousin when I opened this post Tongue  I love yours very very much!

Also I have to commend you on the excellent quality of your pictures.
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« Reply #8 on: January 27, 2005 10:05:53 AM »

OMG those liook like fun 2 make! Wink
thanks for the tut! Wink

and hes like "thats what you think" and i'm like "no thats what i SAID!!!  LOLOLOL!!!!

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« Reply #9 on: February 05, 2005 06:01:00 AM »

Thank-you for the link on the bead spinner.  I've been thinking about branching out into making beaded flowers, but didn't want to spend $45 on one (nor did I want to spend 1 hour stringing beads.)

Cute flower, btw.

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