Level: Beginner – this course will walk you step-by-step on making this Lucky Bamboo and no prior experience is necessary. You will gain the foundational knowledge for making French beaded flowers.
- 50 to 60 grams green seed beads (2 hanks)
- 10 grams 11/0 amber (light orange) seed beads
- 30 feet 24-gauge green copper-core wire
- 38 feet 30-gauge green copper-core wire
- 3 dowels at 7, 6, & 5 inch (17.7, 15.2, & 12.7 cm)
- Green floral tape
If kits are still available, you can find them here:
About this project:
This Lucky Bamboo project appeared in my first book “Bead Flora: the Revival of French Beaded Flowers. The pattern is exactly the same but I have altered some instructions slightly and changed some assembly methods.
You can use any brand of seed beads. For the samples, I used:
· 55 to 60 grams (2 hanks)Czech Preciosa transparent light green OR transparent green (Source: Fire Mountain Gems)
· 10 grams Czech Preciosa transparent light orange (Source: Fire Mountain Gems)
I will indicate the quantity of wire you’ll need for this but they generally come in larger spools
· 24-gauge cooper-core green wire (Source: Fire Mountain gems, Parawire, or Beadalon) – approx. 30 feet
· 30-gauge copper-core green wire (Source: Fire Mountain gems, Parawire, or Beadalon) – approx. 38 feet
Alternatively, 26 gauge florist wire that comes in paddles can be replaced for the 24 gauge copper-core wire. You can find this wire at the florist section of the craft store. Though, unless absolutely necessary, I do not recommend this normally because it can be hard to work with.
Dowels can be purchased at craft stores like Joann Fabrics, or hardware stores like Home Depot and Menards. You can choose the diameter dowel you wish. If you choose one that is smaller or bigger in diameter than the ones I’m using, then you’d need to adjust the rows for the Topper unit. I will discuss that when we get to that lesson.
· 5/16 inch diameter dowel cut into 5, 6, and 7 inch (17.7, 15.2, & 12.7 cm) lengths
Floral tape can be purchased at the florist section of craft stores. The “stickiness” of the tape can vary from brand and even batch to batch. They will all work. I altered the method of assembly in case some of you have less than sticky tape. If the tape is quite sticky, you may have some sticky fingers for a bit.
For potting, we will use clay and pebbles. If you want to make it more permanent, you can also use acrylic water which is resin. You do not have to purchase everything now. You can wait until the lesson to decide if that’s the route you’d like to go. Generally, if you are not giving it as a gift, skipping the resin is fine. But if you don’t want your recipients to have the ability to uproot your Bamboo, you may want to consider this.
· Clay – there isn’t really a wrong type of clay for this. You can use Crayola modeling clay or non-hardening clay. You even use a flour salt dough. The one thing to consider when using non-hardening clay or clay that will dry is you want your piece to be permanent.
· Pebbles – you can purchase small pebbles at the Dollar Store, craft stores, or Amazon.
· Acrylic Water (2 part resin) – any type of 2 part resin will work. It doesn’t have to be advertised as acrylic water. There are some brands of advertised as acrylic water but they are resin.