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A couple of years ago I purchased a kit from a Sydney Craft Fair – ArtTable Beadwear. They made the most beautiful beaded Australian Native flowers using french beading techniques, though unfortunately it looks as though the company hasn’t survived.

Well, finally I finished the making, turning what should have been a hair ornament into an asymmetrical necklace and matching earrings. I can’t even begin to explain how I made it, though basically, each leaf/petal is made individually, and twisted together to form flowers… then arranged on longer pieces of wire and wrapped up with silk ribbon and floral tape. I combined it with a deep purple satin cord, embellished with a Chinese woven medallion.

I get so many compliments when I wear it, and I highly recommend going through the work and effort – its worth the satisfaction and reward. There are many books and kits available with a bit of searching.

 

A while ago I started experimenting with wire wrapping techniques and this was the exciting result. Wire wrapping is so easy and even if your shapes are a little wonky (as mine always are…) they still look great. I basically turned a few open spirals in sterling silver wire, and strung up some ruby red crystals around them with some fine silver wire. The half frame around the bottom of the donut was made with a base of sterling silver, loops at each end, and the crystals were added with the thin wire, wrapping around the frame a few times between each crystal. This was a really effective technique and I am keen to try a few different colours, shapes and size beads. It could also be translated to earrings or chandelier style jewellery without the donut.

Happy Beading!