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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

FREE BEADED FLOWER TUTORIAL

3d beaded brooch
beaded flower




3 TIER BEADED FLOWER

Materials:
170cm fishing line,
100 gold size 8/0 hex beads (also known as 2 cut beads)
200 red size 8/0 seed beads
35 black size 8/0 seed beads
1 ivory 6mm imitation pearl

Time required:
Techniques: Beadweaving, right angle weave
Difficulty: Easy/Medium





Step 1: Ball base: Start with 5 beads, crossover on the last one (bead 5)

Add beads 6, 7, 8 and 9 onto the blue thread. Cross through bead 9 with the green thread.

Add beads 10, 11 and 12 onto the green thread. Cross through bead 12 with the blue thread.

Add beads 13, 14 and 15 onto the blue thread. Cross through bead 15 with the green thread.

Add beads 16, 17 and 18 onto the green thread. Cross through bead 18 with the blue thread.

Pass the green thread through beads 1 and 6.

Add beads 19 and 20 on the blue thread. Cross the green thread through bead 20.

Pass the blue thread through bead 7.

Add beads 21, 22 and 23 on the green thread. Cross the blue thread through bead 23

Pass the green thread through beads 8 and 10.

Add beads 24 and 25 to the blue thread. Cross the green thread through bead 25.

Pass the blue thread through beads 11 and 13.

Add beads 26 and 27 on the green thread. Cross the blue thread through bead 27

Pass the green thread through beads 14 and 16.

Add beads 28 and 29 to the blue thread. Cross the green thread through bead 29.

Pass the blue thread through beads 17, 19 and 21.

Add bead 30, and cross over.

Take the blue thread and pass through beads 28 and 26.

Take the green thread and pass through beads 22 and 24.

Tie off, but leave the thread. The base is done. It should look like a ball with lots of holes. Now you will add the petals.




Step 2: This diagram shows where the petals need to be added, basically there will be 3 rows on the beaded base. The first and last rows will have 5 beads, the middle row will have 10 beads.




Step 3: For the first row of petals, just pass ONE thread through the bead next to it. You will be working with this thread only for now. And you will be working on this circle of 5 beads, which will be the outer row of petals, and is highlighted in yellow.


Thread on 20 gold hex beads, and then pass the thread back through the bead on the base where you started, to create a loop of beads. (The thread path for the first row of petals is shown in the diagram). Pass the thread into the next bead in the circle, add 20 gold hex beads, and loop it back through again. Continue this all the way around the circle of 5 beads on the base.

At this stage I like to add a brooch back, if I’m using one, then tie off the thread.

Now pick up the other thread and pass the it through to a bead in the next row. This second row is highlighted in pink, and will have 10 beads in it. Note: this row of beads doesn’t sit perfectly straight, but has a slight zigzag pattern to it.

This time add loops of red size 8/0 beads, I used 20 because the seed beads are smaller than the hex beads, but play it by ear these loops should be a little smaller than the loops in the last row.

Make this row like before, passing through a bead, adding the beads for the petals, and passing back through that bead, then pass into the next bead. Continue all the way around forming 10 overlapping petals.

Now you’ll be up to the last row, which will have only 5 beads in it again. This row is highlighted in green. This time add only 7 black seed beads to each of the five beads on the base.



Step 4: To make the flower centre, bring the thread from the bottom of the work up through the centre of the base, add the pearl bead, and cross the other thread through the pearl. Pass each thread through a bead near it, as in the diagram. Weave the threads through some beads until the threads meet. Tie off, thread through a few beads and cut. Your beaded flower is now finished!

VARIATIONS: You can use seed beads or any other beads in any of the rows, but each inner row just needs to be a little smaller than the outer ones. You can also leave out the centre pearl, to give a different look to your flower.

12 comments:

  1. Congratulations, very beautiful your job!!!!

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  2. HI! I LOVED YOUR BLOG. VISIT-ME. KISSES

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  3. Thanks to both of you.

    I appreciate the comments to let me know how popular the tutorials are, and if I should keep making some.

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  4. Thanks to both of you.

    I really appreciate the comments

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  5. Very colorful instructions--I'm more of a visual person than a reader when it comes to instructions. Thanks for catering to both of these types of learners!

    Keep up the good work! And if you have time, check out my blog: beadthatway.blogspot.com.

    Summer :)

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  6. I'm lost! How many holes in each bead? The threads seem to pass in different directions in diagram #1 and I dont understand.
    Marian

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  7. If you're not familiar with right angle weave, it can be a bit confusing.

    Every bead has just the one hole. Right angle weave is worked with both ends of the thread, then the last bead in each circle is gone through with both threads.

    You might find it easier to just follow the written instructions.

    Also try the 3dbeading.com techniques page to get some practise first. This isn't the easiest for someone who doesn't know right angle weave.

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  8. Thanks, I will. Marian

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  9. Wonderful work. Thanks for sharing.
    Mrichey
    www.jewelrywithapast.biz

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  10. Oh Wow! This is beautiful! And definitely something that I would love to try...in the future. i have never actually tried right angle weaving nor have I tried any other beading technique...I would love to learn though, but have no idea where to start. Thanks for the beautiful flower tutorial. I hope that one day I can actually do it.

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  11. Thanks Amanda, have a go, you might surprise yourself. Just follow it step by step, following the image and the text.

    More help can be found at 3dbeading.com

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  12. looks so complicated to follow this tutorial. but thanks for sharing.

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