Beaded Flower Brooch

Jewelry Making ---- jewelry-making

What you need

Materials:
150cm 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

Instructions

Techniques: Beadweaving, right angle weave

 

Difficulty: Medium, knowledge of right angle weave is required

 

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.

 

The 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.

For the first row, 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 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.

 

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 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.

 

 



What you need

Beading thread
Size 11 seed beads in various colors
Beading needle
Scissors

Instructions

 These little patchwork squares made from your leftover seed beads can be woven together to make a wrist cuff or bookmark, connected to ear wire with a jump ring to make earrings, or hung from a necklace as a pendant. Experiment with different color combinations and patters; the possibilities are endless. 

 
 
Project time (per square): about 10 minutes
 
1. Cut a 20-inch length of beading thread and tie an overhand knot in the thread, leaving a 5- to 6-inch tail.
 
2. Thread the beading line through a flexible beading needle, and string four size 11 seed beads onto the thread.
 
 
3. Run the thread back up through the first two beads to form a small square. Pass the thread through all four beads again to tighten the square.
 
4. String three more beads onto the thread. Pass the needle back through the last bead in the inner square.
 
5. Pass the string through the next bead of the inner square, and repeat step 4.
 
 
6. Repeat steps 4 and 5 for the remaining two beads in the inner square so each corner of the small square has three beads surrounding it. Pass the thread through the beads of the outer square to straighten and tighten it.
 
7. For a two-layer square, weave both ends back through several beads, tying knots as you go to secure the thread. Trim any remaining thread.
 
8. With the thread emerging from between the two center beads on one side of the square, string one bead and pass the thread back through the last bead in the second layer and the next bead in the second layer. Repeat once.
 
9. With the thread emerging from a corner bead in the second layer, add three beads. Pass the thread back through the corner bead and the next bead in the second layer.
 
10. Repeat steps 8 and 9, adding one bead for every middle bead in the second layer and three beads for every corner bead in the second layer. Pass the thread through all the beads on the third layer to tighten and straighten them.
 
11. Continue adding layers in this manner until your square reaches the desired size. For larger squares, you can use a 3mm cube-shaped bead in place of the four central beads.
 

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