French beaded kumquat for Lunar New Year decor

French Beading – Beaded Kumquat

The Lunar New Year is coming up (Feb 1) and I am sharing with you a project and full tutorial from my latest book, “Bead Flora: French beaded Branches in Bloom” for beaded kumquat using techniques of making French beaded flowers.

Kumquats and mandarin oranges are displayed as Lunar New Year decoration because it signifies prosperity. I paired it with a few citrus blossoms. The pattern is also from my book.

French beaded kumquat - French beading


  • 45 Grams 11/0 orange seed beads
  • 60 grams 11/0 green seed beads
  • 26 gauge gold copper-core wire
  • 24 gauge green copper-core wire
  • 26 gauge green copper-core wire
  • 2 lengths of 16 gauge stem wire
  • Green floral tape


  • Wire Cutters
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Scissors

Make one pattern for a simple display or double it for a fuller effect.

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Watch Full tutorial:

French beaded kumquat, beaded flowers

French beaded kumquat, French beading