Bead-Woven Flowers: Jewelry Projects, Parts, and Patterns
One popular technique for beading, and specifically beadweaving, is to make flowers. French beaded flowers are especially popular. Similar to making beaded beads and beaded leaves, starting with stand-alone flower projects is a good way to begin. Experiment with new patterns and ideas. Get comfortable with the techniques. Once you get into a groove, you'll have more flowers than you ever need. Now, what do you do with them?
If you are also interested in beaded leaves or have explored this concept before, you may be itching to create any number of garden pieces by combining these two skill sets. There are endless possibilities for flower projects without leaves as well.
I have included ideas for stand-alone projects, rings, earrings, bracelets, necklaces, hair clips, and brooches. I have rounded up some of the best patterns that I can find for each type of project. I have included lots of free patterns and a few paid patterns that go from $5-10.
As always, if you have any questions, please let me know. Happy beading!
As I mentioned above, stand-alone flower projects as a great way to start with this technique. When you finish a flower, you may decide to keep it as is or you may decide to include it as a component in a larger project. Beaded flowers do not necessarily have to be used for jewelry. They can make stunning components for wedding arrangements and home décor. Consider using a couple flowers for a small table display or making a big bunch for an amazing bridal bouquet or wedding reception decoration.
Rings are an especially popular method of using beaded flowers. "Beaded flower rings" shows up high in the Google searches from both people looking for patterns and people searching for a ring to purchase. Consider smaller flower designs that will be well suited to hands. You don't want a flower to overwhelm a person's look or distract from the rest of her outfit. Some beaders choose to make a beaded base for the ring while others choose to attach their beadwork to metal ring bases. If you will be selling your rings, make sure to get accurate ring size measurements for your online listing information or for in person buyers.
Earrings are a perfect option for pairs of flowers. When you get a design that you love for earrings, consider making it in multiple color combinations. Many flower designs work well for dangle earrings, but you may be able to use very small flowers for post earrings. Consider types of metal and dangle earring styles that will coordinate with your flower designs.
Bracelet or Necklace Components
Beaded flowers can be incorporated into any number of different bracelet and necklace designs. You can create a simple piece with one or two flowers or you can create an elaborate piece with a big flower garden. Beaded flowers work well with bead-woven components but can be combined with other jewelry techniques as well such as stringing, metalwork, and wire work.
Hair clips are another popular choice for beaded flowers right now. They are perfect for beach wear, garden parties, special occasions, and weddings. There are many different types of beaded flower designs that will work well for hair clips. Make sure that the hair clips that you use are long enough to support the flowers and that the flowers are securely attached to them.
You can turn a flower into brooch with any type of pin back. Bulk packs of smaller pin backs are available at Michael's and most sewing chains such as Jo-Ann. Make sure that your design can easily hide a pin back. If you have created a narrow flower such as a calla lily, consider attaching the pin lengthwise. If you have created a stem for your flower, you may want to attach the pin back right where the stem meets the flower.
A pendant is a simple alternative to a necklace component for a more complex piece. Pair a beaded flower with a simple chain or ribbon. Consider creating a beadwoven chain such as a tubular herringbone rope for a more substantial necklace.