Sunday, January 17, 2010

Flower Making Tutorial ~ Beautiful Bouquets

You will need:
thick craft wire
long nose pliers
an assortment of beads
scraps of fabric or lace
craft glue{im so sorry i forgot to put this in the picture!}

First cut a length of wire. The length you choose will depend on how long you want your stem to be. At this point it would be good to decide on a vase {or cup as i used} so you know how long you want the wire. {Mine were roughly 25cm in length}
Also, most regular pliers have a wire cutting section, so it shouldn't necessary to buy expensive wire ones.

Then i used round nose pliers to create a loop at one end of the wire. {Again, the one regular pair of pliers may work.}

Now its time to thread the beads onto the wire. Remember these will be the sparkly part of the bouquet so take a moment to decide on a pattern.
{i used about 6-8 silver lined seed beads-not the smallest seed beads because they would not have fit on the 20 gauge wire. Then about 4 or 5 larger glass beads & maybe a filler bead to make it standout.}

The next step is to glue straight across the bottom of your strip of fabric or lace. A key point here is that the wider your fabric, the fuller your flower. i used a piece roughly as long as a ruler or a piece of A4 paper. Again, this is subjective & i never use a tape measure.

Wind the fabric around the stem, pleating as you go. This makes the flower fuller.

Remember, there is a lot of information here but this is a simple fast project. i put alot of extra tidbits about technique because sometimes in the middle of a project i realize with one piece knowledge i could have done something differently or better.
These are the simplest of the flowers in the bouquet, the next tutorial will be of roses & more advanced petals.

Please feel free to leave a link to your finished project or email me a photo if you would like it to be showcased{}
Lovely Wishes!

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