Techniques: Continuous loops, Continuous Wrap-around loops
The story of these cherry blossoms went a little like this:
About 10 years ago, I wanted to make a life-sized cherry blossom tree. I made a lot of cherry blossoms…and decided I want swarvoski crystal centers to make it sparkle! So I made lots of these little flowers and never figured out how to put these heavy flowers on a tree without it drooping. Seriously, one day I will figure it out! LOL. But it looks like some of our beaded flower friends from Japan have already done that and I was still on step one.
So I decided to make this arrangement for the video tutorial. After all, I have all these cherry blossoms lying around. This is 10 years in the making! While I don’t have a tree, I am happy with how it turned out.
While this looks complicated, it really is a beginner project! You can make as many or as little sprigs as you like to put together a stunning display.
As I was filming the video, I spilled lots and lots of beads. I decided to keep the camera rolling. 😉 Because that’s how I roll. It’s around the 15 to 16 minute mark if you haven’t seen it yet.
Update: This arrangement was purchased June 2016 by wire-maker company Beadalon to display at their booth at the Bead and Button show in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Materials for one sprig stem
- 50 grams 11/0 pink beads
- 10 grams 11/0 green beads
- 24 yards 24 or 26 gauge silver (or pink) wire
- 6 yards 26 gauge green wire
- 3 yards pink or peach wire
- 6 6-inch 20 gauge stem wires
- 84 3mm jonquil swarvoski bicones
- 1 to 2 stem wires
- floral tape
Materials for 6 to 8 stems
- 250 grams 11/0 pink beads
- 50 grams 11/0 green beads
- 145 yards 24 or 26 gauge silver (or pink) wire
- 36 yards 26 gauge green wire
- 36 6-inch 20 gauge stem wires
- 432 3mm jonquil swarvoski bicones
- 6 to 9 stem wires
- floral tape