Today we will make a bouquet of Gerbera daisy flowers out of seed beads and wire.
We will need:
- size 11 seed beads; I made a flower for this tutorial out of seed beads of orange, yellow and green colors and also made a few gerberas of other colors;
- wire 0.3 mm thick;
- green thread for winding the stems.
At first make the central part of the flower, using the weaving technique that we previously used for making a table, with only small differences.
Take a wire of 120 cm in length and make of green seed beads two rows of 2 beads in the each row. Place these rows on the middle of the wire.
Then around these rows make further circles of beads consisting of two halves each.
The quantity of beads in the each half of the circle should be defined at place - so that the each circle would lie closely to the previous circle.
In my beadwork the each half of the first circle consists of 6 beads,
and the each half of the second circle consists of 10 beads.
In the next circles between the basic beads of the circle we should make needles that will form the “fringe” around the flower’s center. To do that at first string onto any end of the wire 1 green and 2 yellow beads.
Then hold the last yellow bead and pass this end of the wire through the first yellow bead in the opposite direction.
Move all the beads close to the previous circle of beads and tighten the wire. We’ve got the first yellow needle that lie after the green basic bead of the circle.
In the same way at the same end of the wire make as many such yellow needles with green basic beads between them as it is needed for the current half of the 3rd circle.
After that pass the other end of the wire through all the green beads
and tighten the wire. We’ve got the first half of the 3rd circle, with needles.
Next, in the same way at the same end of the wire that was used for making the first half of the current circle make the second half of the circle with green basic beads and yellow needles between them. Then pass the other end of the wire through all the green beads and tighten the wire. So we finish the 3rd circle of beads.
Bend the needles of the 3rd circle upwards - perpendicular to the plane of the circle of green beads.
In the same way make one more circle of beads with green basic beads and yellow needles between them. For both halves of this circle use the longer end of the wire.
After that bend the needles of the 4th circle upwards - perpendicular to the plane of the circle of green beads.
Then bend the ends of the wire downwards and twist them together at the center of the circle. The central part of the flower is finished.
Leave the central part of the flower alone for a while and start weaving flower’s petals.
For each petal take a wire of 80 cm in length and make petals using the parallel weaving technique and the following pattern:
1st row: 2 beads;
2nd row: 3 beads;
3rd row: 4 beads;
4th and 5th rows are identical: 5 beads;
rows from 6th to 9th are identical: 6 beads;
10th and 11th rows are identical: 5 beads;
12th row: 4 beads;
13th and 14th rows are identical: 3 beads.
For our convenience twist together both ends of the wire under the petal.
You should make 24 such petals for they will be placed in two rows, 12 petals in each row.
Having made all the petals, start assembling the flower.
Take 12 petals and pass an additional piece of wire of 60 cm in length through the beads of the last row of the each petal. Place the petals on the middle of this wire.
Gather all the petals into a tight circle and twist together both ends of the additional wire. Do not twist together all the wires under the petals at the moment.
In this way make one after another two separate circles of petals, 12 petals in each.
Then take the central part of the flower and insert it into the center of one circle of petals.
Move the central part of the flower close to petals and twist together all the wires under the petals.
Next, insert the resulting part of the flower into the center of the 2nd circle of petals.
Place the flower on the worktop so that the upper side of the flower was directed to the worktop. Straighten the wires of the petals of the 2nd circle sidewards.
String 7 green beads onto each pair of wires of the each petal. String the same quantity of green beads onto the additional wire that was used for gathering the petals into a circle.
Gather all the wires together, move all the green beads close to petals, move the 2nd circle of petals close to the 1st circle of petals and twist together all the wires under the petals.
Slightly rotate the 2nd circle of petals around its axis so that every its petal lie in the middle between two petals of the 1st circle.
Then take a green thread and wind it round the stem below the flower till the bottom. Fix the thread by making a knot and trim the excess wires if needed.
A beaded gerbera daisy is finished.
To get a bouquet of gerberas I made 3 such flowers and put them into a vase.
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