I bought a lot of seed beads a long time ago and they just sit in a box on my desk, not really being used much. At some point, I moved flats and the beads got shaken up as well! It was time to do something with them.
I had a little bit of 0.4mm silver wire left, so I started weaving them into little petals. Pearl yellow for the outline, and clear yellow for the centre.
On my first attempt, I snapped a wire on a bend! You do have to pull them so that they are secure, but I was a bit too aggressive with that one…
I made five petals for a flower, and two smaller petals of just green beads to represent leaves.
The last time I tried something like this, I twisted all the wires together to form the stem, but it was quite hard to attach to a hair comb… I then learnt about a useful thing called a bead sieve. It has little holes for you to feed small wires through, to organise it better.
It looks so messy underneath! Fortunately no-one is going to see this when it is being worn, so don’t worry about it too much. I plan on covering this later anyway.
I fed another wire through with a large green button to cover the centre on the top, then I made two green tassels comprised of green seed beads, glass beads, and bugle beads attached to beading wire.
I hot-glued the tassels and the bead sieve to a piece of circular felt, then I hot-glued that to an alligator hair clip.
The nice thing about using wire for this is that you slightly bend the petals a bit to look more flowery! I bent the petals upwards, and the leaves away from the flower.
– yellow and green seed beads
– 0.4mm silver wire
– mix of green glass beads/seed beads/bugle beads
– silver crimp beads
– beading wire
– green button
– wire cutters
– hot glue gun