Medium fuse wire
Or 30 Gauge jewelry wire
This project shows you how to make a delicate beaded spray.
Round and bugle shaped beads are threaded onto wire and twisted to hold the group together. More groups of beads are added to the spray, making branches or clusters of flowers until a complete spray is made like the image above.
There is almost no limit to the amount of branches your design can have.
Individual sprays can be fixed together and used to decorate table pieces, party tables or make a brooch pin or a hair slide.
(3A) To make the spray you will need wire around 4 times longer than you want your spray to be. To make a spray with bugle and small round beads as shown in diagram 3A you will need a cut length of wire and thread on 1 bugle and 1 pearl and 1 bugle. Slide the beads into the center of the wire and bend it in half.
Twist the ends together for a 12mm or half an inch and divide the wire ends. Pickup 1 bugle 1 pearl and 1 bugle on one end and bend the wire leaving a space of 6mm from the previous twist. Twist below this group of beads as shown in the diagram.
Continue making groups of beads in the same was using alternate wires. Each branch is about 6mm long. Spaces between the branches should be about 12mm. Wire sequins in the same way, having 1 sequin and one bugle on each branch. Placing the bugle in front of the sequin.
By Shellie Wilson. Shellie is the chief creative editor for Craftbits.