Thursday, August 6, 2009

Victorian Beaded Flower Tutorial

 Victorian Beaded Flower Tutorial

Materials: Size 10/0 seed beads
1 x 6mm bead
28 gauge wire
Green floral tape
Stiff stem wire (optional)
32 gauge wire (optional)

Techniques: Victorian Beading

Difficulty: Medium

Step 1:

Cut 50 – 60 cm of the wire. Thread on 10 beads (4 for first row, and 6 for second row).

Take one end of the wire and go back through 6 beads from the opposite end of the wire, keeping them centred as much as possible.

Form a circle, by bending the beaded wire backwards, and pulling the wires taut. Try not to leave any space in the wire.

Bend both ends of wire to face past the second row.

Thread the beads for the 3rd row (10 beads) onto either wire end, pass the other end of the wire through all 10 beads. Bend as necessary, and pull taut.

Step 2:


Continue in this fashion, starting from the bottom of the chart. Follow the number of beads per row, (You’ve done the first 3 rows) and bend and pull taut at the end of each row. (Don’t worry too much about the shape looking strange at this stage, it will be shaped properly later.)

After the last row, you should have an almost bowl type shape. If not, smooth it all out, and arrange the rows evenly to create the bowl shape.

Twist both wire ends together. You’ve made your first petal.

Repeat this exactly the same 4 more times to create 5 petals.

Twist all 5 petals wires together.

Adding the centre:

Cut off approximately 20 cm of wire, thread the bead towards the centre, bend it in half.

Now just place it on top of the petal group, with one end of the wire between 2 petals on one side of the flower and the other between 2 petals on the opposite side.

Twist the wires on top of the other wires.

If you want a long stem, add a stem wire next to the twisted wires, and wrap around all stems with 32 gauge wire for a couple of centimetres. If you only want a very short stem, the wires all twisted together here should be fine.

The stem now needs to be covered in floral tape.

To use the tape, you need to stretch the first bit of it to activate the stickiness. Carefully wrap it very close to the flower part of the stem, stretch it down at an angle, and twist the stem until you reach the bottom, tear it off, and smooth it out.

Step 3:

Making the LEAF

Just make one leaf by following the leaf pattern as you did with the petal pattern. Twist the wires all the way down. Use floral tape, as you did before, but just for a couple of centimetres.

Use floral tape to attach the leaf to the stem.

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Created by Jenny Lawson

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Copyright 2016 Jenny Lawson


  1. Nice to see victorian beading. It is much neater than french beading. Good Job.

  2. Thankyou all of you for your kind comments

  3. Thanks for sharing this tutorial! I will be linking to it on an upcoming blog post.

  4. That's great Beading Gem, you have some great things on your site

  5. Hi Jenny, I have featured this tutorial at


  6. Great post!!! Thank you for sharing this tutorial. Great use of technique and made a beautiful beaded flower. Your post is very useful to the jewelry maker.

  7. hi thx for post,.u got this,.i cant do this :) but i think my sister will love this post,.thx anyway

  8. Wrote a great little write-up on my jewelry website about this tutorial! Thank you so much for sharing.

  9. i found your website online.. i must say it is absolutely fantastic. your work is great, and so are all the things that you make.
    i just started to make beaded jewelry as an active relaxation and your tutorials are helping me a lot. so thank you! :)

  10. Thank you so much for this tutorial. Easy to follow and looks simple enough to try :)

  11. beautiful ! and so much easier than the french beading technique. thank you for sharing...


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