“There are many different forms of flowers and ways to shape them using French Beading techniques. This French Beaded Flower hair clip project shows you a basic ‘Crossover Loop’, which is a generic and quick form flower ideal for crafting projects.” – Sarah Millsop
You Will Need:
- Seed Beads (size 11 ideally)
- Hair Clip
- Soft Gauge Wire (28 gauge = 0.3mm)
- Wire Cutters
- Flat Nose Pliers
- Bead Spinner (not essential – but VERY helpful!)
Start with approx. 80cm of seed beads on your wire. You do not to cut any from the spool, just thread them straight on. If you have a bead spinner, your wire can be used as the needle directly into the pot. Just bend the wire to replicate the shape of your spinner needle. This will drastically reduce your preparation time, but isn’t necessary to complete the project.
Leave a 10cm tail and bring up approx. 6cm of seed beads from your pre-strung section. Fold them over to form a loop and twist the wire twice to secure it. Your beads should be up close to each other – no gaps.
Secure the wire by twisting two or three times.
Each of these sections gives you a petal and you should repeat until you have a row of 6. Try to keep the gap in between each petal as small as possible.
Bring the two ends of your wire together to make a circle out of your row of petals. Twist the ends together to secure and neaten. You can tighten up and pull some of the petals closer by wrapping the wire through the middle and crossing over the top centre of your circle.
Neaten and flatten the petals, forming them into shapes to replicate a petal ‘curve’. The rows from steps 2 and 3 should sit neatly together as the middle two rows, and the beads from step 1 give you the outline shape.
Cut a 10cm section of wire, add a pearl to the middle, and bring the wire together around the pearl, twisting twice to secure. Thread this through the middle of your flower and twist the wire around the flower stem to secure. You can trim any excess of this wire to neaten. Take care not to cut the wire from your flower stem.