Bead-Woven Flowers: Jewelry Projects, Parts, and Patterns

Updated on March 8, 2018
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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!

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Stand Alone

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 d├ęcor. Consider using a couple flowers for a small table display or making a big bunch for an amazing bridal bouquet or wedding reception decoration.

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Rings

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.

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Earrings

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.

An original cally lily design accents this gorgeous herringbone necklace.
An original cally lily design accents this gorgeous herringbone necklace. | Source
Consider pairing beaded flowers with wire wrapped or other wire components.
Consider pairing beaded flowers with wire wrapped or other wire components. | Source

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.

Make sure that the clip that you use it long enough and attached securely.
Make sure that the clip that you use it long enough and attached securely. | Source

Hair Clips

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.

This flower brooch has a clip attached to the back of the spine.
This flower brooch has a clip attached to the back of the spine. | Source

Brooches

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.

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Pendants

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.

These small flowers are elegant components in this necklace.
These small flowers are elegant components in this necklace. | Source
Swarovski components accent this flower clip.
Swarovski components accent this flower clip. | Source
This flower creates a stunning focal for this beaded cuff.
This flower creates a stunning focal for this beaded cuff. | Source
Link a handful of flowers together to create a stunning bracelet or necklace.
Link a handful of flowers together to create a stunning bracelet or necklace. | Source

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        Jacobb9205 

        3 years ago

        Awesome creations! Voted up!

      • randomcreative profile imageAUTHOR

        Rose Clearfield 

        5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

        Thank you!

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        Messy 

        5 years ago from Singapore

        So beautiful!

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        Rose Clearfield 

        5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

        Glass-Jewelry, thanks! You are absolutely right about this type of beading as well as lampwork glass.

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        Marco Piazzalunga 

        5 years ago from Presezzo, Italy

        Hello randomcreative,

        is truly amazing what a variety of shapes and colors can be realized with this type of technique.

        The simple lampwork glass has characteristics of a different kind, and usually when I develop my own designs of glass beads or other glass jewelry, I often strend just when I try to find that special shade of color.

        My congrats and thanks for sharing your beautiful pictures!

        Marco

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        DMVmimay 

        6 years ago

        State of the art designs Rose.. great job, keep posting! superb hub.

      • randomcreative profile imageAUTHOR

        Rose Clearfield 

        6 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

        That's great, Messkena. :) Happy beading!

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        Messy 

        6 years ago from Singapore

        Great hub...Now, I'll have to move my beads collections from the store to the living room and start beading again..thanks.

      • randomcreative profile imageAUTHOR

        Rose Clearfield 

        6 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

        Thanks so much, Karine! Enjoy. :)

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        Karine Gordineer 

        6 years ago from Upstate New York

        These are great! Thanks for such a fun hub - I can't wait to check out all the links!

      • randomcreative profile imageAUTHOR

        Rose Clearfield 

        6 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

        Thanks, vespawoolf! That's awesome. You should give it a try sometime.

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        vespawoolf 

        6 years ago from Peru, South America

        I've seen beaded jewelry for sale here in Peru, but your designs are really beautiful. I'd love to learn to make rings and hair clips as gifts for my friends. Thank you for this valuable information. Voted up!

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        Tanya 

        6 years ago

        That blue and white flower is just gorgeous where can I learn to make those?? This is n great site!

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        devisree 

        6 years ago from India

        Thank you so much.Beautiful ornaments. By sharing you did a good job.

      • randomcreative profile imageAUTHOR

        Rose Clearfield 

        6 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

        Thanks kygirl!

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        kygirl89 

        6 years ago from West Virginia

        I really like the rings and necklaces. Thanks for sharing!

      • randomcreative profile imageAUTHOR

        Rose Clearfield 

        6 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

        Thanks so much!

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        cityalice 

        6 years ago

        Wow, these photos are very beautiful. I especially like the flower clip in hair.

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        SWallis 

        6 years ago from Sth East QLD

        Very beautiful work, I'm very impressed by your designs and you skill.

      • randomcreative profile imageAUTHOR

        Rose Clearfield 

        6 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

        Movie Master, you should give it a try sometime!

        Thanks Audrey!

        Stephanie, beading is definitely a great hobby to carry along. You don't need a lot of space for it.

        Thanks Anamika!

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        Anamika S Jain 

        6 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

        Very Creative! I have always loved doing stuff like this... Voted up and liking on FB.

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        Stephanie Henkel 

        6 years ago from USA

        I love the beautiful examples of beaded flower jewelry! Beading is very popular among RVers, and I've always thought it would be a great hobby to carry along. Thanks for the inspiration! Voted up and pinned!

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        Audrey Howitt 

        6 years ago from California

        I love these! Thank you so much!

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        Movie Master 

        6 years ago from United Kingdom

        What beautiful jewelry, I especially like the brooch.

        I have never tried making beaded jewelry before and it looks like something I would enjoy doing.

        Thank you, voted up and shared.

      • randomcreative profile imageAUTHOR

        Rose Clearfield 

        6 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

        Thanks snappy! This is a pretty popular hub so I'm sure that I do.

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        snappycanvas 

        6 years ago from Tampa, Florida, USA

        lovely designs! You'll earn from this collection for sure!

      • randomcreative profile imageAUTHOR

        Rose Clearfield 

        6 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

        Thank you Jen!

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        Jen Womeldorf 

        6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

        Great hub. Voted up! Lovely patterns you've chosen to include. Thanks.

      • randomcreative profile imageAUTHOR

        Rose Clearfield 

        6 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

        Thank you!

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        services4all 

        6 years ago from U.S.

        Nice post, I think you have done good job in posting this article.

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        Rose Clearfield 

        6 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

        Thanks!

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        htodd 

        6 years ago from United States

        I never thought of this ..Great ides

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        Rose Clearfield 

        6 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

        Thanks! Yep, they are perfect for brooches! Good luck.

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        Silwen 

        6 years ago from Europe

        Great Hub. The idea of making beaded flowers is great. Such flowers are perfect solution for making brooches. I will surely try some ideas.

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        Rose Clearfield 

        7 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

        Sorry if it sounded like I was trying to pressure you. I get frustrated when people tell me that they don't know when they would pick up a hobby because they have "no time." However, it's a completely different thing to have projects that you're working on already than to not want to take up a hobby at all. Best of luck with everything!

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        A.CreativeThinker 

        7 years ago

        Unfortunately, right now I am working on quite a few projects that take up most of my time. But I will keep this in mind for later. Take Care :)

        Regards,

        A.CreativeThinker

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        Rose Clearfield 

        7 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

        It doesn't take a lot of time to get started. I opened my Etsy shop while I was working full time and getting my master's degree.

        Most of the pieces that I post are offloom work, but they are still woven so the techniques are somewhat similar. Most of the pieces that I post are not my own. There are a lot of talented jewelry artists out there, though!

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        A.CreativeThinker 

        7 years ago

        I may start it up one day, when I can find the time. I remember learning to bead using a loom at school. I made a few things and it was quite fun. Your pieces are absolutely lovely randomcreative, you are definitely very creative!!

        Take Care :)

        Regards,

        A.CreativeThinker

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        Rose Clearfield 

        7 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

        Thanks! I just got into serious beading a few years ago and haven't looked back since. You should give it a try again. Even if you can only find a few hours a week, you'll be amazed how much you get done.

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        A.CreativeThinker 

        7 years ago

        I love this hub! I haven't done beading since High School, but would love to have the time. Amazing pictures. :)

        Regards,

        A.CreativeThinker

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        Rose Clearfield 

        7 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

        Thanks so much!

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        heart4theword 

        7 years ago from hub

        Wow, these are beautiful:) Love the white flower in the hair! Thanks for sharing some awesome bead weaving:)

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        Rose Clearfield 

        7 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

        Thanks so much Audrey! You should definitely try your hand at beadwork sometime!

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        Audrey Hunt 

        7 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

        Once again, randomcreative you have out-done yourself with this inspiring hub. And I am inspired again by you, as I want to learn to make some of these magnificent pieces. I love them all. I voted up and across the board with the exception of funny. vocalcoach

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        Rose Clearfield 

        7 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

        I haven't made any beaded flowers (yet) so I can't take credit for any of these photos, but there are a lot of talented jewelry artists out there who do deserve the credit. Thanks!

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        Cloverleaf 

        7 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

        Hi randomcreative

        You have some amazing beaded jewelry here, and once again your brilliant photography shows them off beautifully. Voted up!

        Cloverleaf.

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        Rose Clearfield 

        7 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

        Thanks so much everyone! Marlene, I enjoy giving handmade gifts, too.

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        JasonPLittleton 

        7 years ago

        Amazing design, thanks for this.

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        Marlene Bertrand 

        7 years ago from USA

        Oh, what a great idea. I like to give handmade gifts to people whenever I return something that I have borrowed from them. I love this idea. Thank you for all of the helpful hints.

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        VENZKHVAM 

        7 years ago from Milk way galaxy, trying to find a more adventurous place in another galaxy with my great followers

        very beautiful designs and hub voted beautiful.

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