French beaded snowdrops PDF
French beaded snowdrops
· 25 grams 15/0 white seed beads
· 5 grams 15/0 yellow seed beads
· 5 grams 15/0 green seed beads
· 40 grams 11/0 green seed beads
· 26 gauge silver or white copper-core wire
· 26 gauge green copper-core wire
· 22 gauge green copper-core wire
· 30 gauge silver copper-core wire
· 30 gauge green copper-core wire
· 6 lengths of 18 gauge stem wire – approx. 6 inches (15.2 cm)
· Light green floral tape
· Dark green floral tape
· Basic Frame
· Triple Split Basic
· Continuous Heart Loop
· Continuous Loops
For reference, these are the beads I used:
• 15/0 Miyuki opaque luster white pearl (RR420)
• 15/0 Miyuki translucent rainbow emerald green (RR295)
• 15/0 Miyuki opaque luster yellow (RR422)
• 11/0 Matsuno Dynamites transparent rainbow emerald green
I used beads I had on hand but if you are purchasing beads, a better color match for the 15/0 green beads would be a lighter green. The spathe should match closer in color with the light green floral tape. Miyuki 15/0 light green (RR228) would be an even better match.
The wires gauges chosen for the project are the best fit and I don’t recommend substituting it with other gauges. The leaves are quite tall and need the stability of the 22 gauge green wire. I do not recommend using 24 gauge green wire as it will be too flimsy for the leaves and too hard to work with for the flower units.
The exception for this is the 30 gauge wire. If you are proficient with lacing, you can replace the 30 gauge wire with 32 or 34 gauge. Using the thinnest wire for assembly is always a good idea to reduce any extra lumps in the stem. Additionally, for budgeting purposes, you can use silver to lace the petals and the leaves.
You can floss the stem with light green and dark green embroidery floss instead of using two shades of floral tape.
A major challenge for this design was getting the thinnest possible top stem. The flower in nature is literally hanging on a thread of a stem. I’ve combined the center and inner petals together to reduce 2 extra bottom wires. The outer petals are easier to make if they are individual petals, and you can still make them as individual petals if making them on a continuous wire is too challenging. However, the trade-off is a thicker stem. Making individual petals will yield you 3 to 6 bottom wires while you will only have 1 bottom wire with the triple split basic. Even if you trim you reduce each petal to 1 bottom wire, the part at the base can still be a little bit bulky. With that said, work with your abilities with what you’re able to do. Happy Beading!