French beaded cherry blossoms tutorial – beginner

Level: Beginner

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.

 

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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

 

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