French Beaded Flower Brooch Tutorial

It is fast approaching spring here in the UK and it’s also nearly Mothers Day (or Mothering Sunday) so I am celebrating the two events in this tutorial to make a floral brooch, a perfect gift for your Mum!

french beaded flower brooch tutorial

This brooch uses a technique called French Beading, which despite the name, is thought to have originated in Venice in the 16th Century. The method uses fine wire strung with tiny glass seed beads to form 3d flowers. It became especially popular in Victorian England, but fell out of favour due the technique being associated with the creation of funeral wreaths! Now French beading is often used in making bouquets and favours for weddings, as well as for all year round floral arrangements. I mean, flowers you don’t need to water? Sounds good to me!

french beaded flower brooch tutorial

You will need:

-Size 8 seed beads (you’ll need approx. 300 for flower with 5 petals)
-0.4mm/26 gauge wire
-Brooch back
-Button
-Cutters
-Chain nose pliers
-Bead mat

How to:

1.We are going to use the continuous wrapped loop method to make a flower with five petals, each petal being made up of three loops of beads.  To start, cut a length of wire approx 1.25 metres or 4ft of the wire and string on 11 seed beads. Leaving a 10cm tail at one end, gather the seed beads into a loop and twist a couple of times to secure.

french beaded flower brooch tutorial

2.Thread on about 20 more beads (because seed beads can vary slightly you may need to add or remove beads to make this next loop sit against the previous one) and slide right up to the twisted wire.

french beaded flower brooch tutorial

3.Begin to curve the beads around the previous loop, using your thumb and finger to keep the beads pushed tightly to the twisted wire.

french beaded flower brooch tutorial

4.To secure this row, instead of twisting, wrap the longer length of wire  around the shorter, then kink the shorter tail out to help keep it tight.

french beaded flower brooch tutorial

5.Add on approx 28 beads and secure by again wrapping the wire around the shorter length. This is your 1st petal complete!
french beaded flower brooch tutorial

6. Begin the 2nd petal in the same way as before, threading on 11 beads and twisting to secure with using the longer end of wire. Leave a small gap of bare wire before you twist so you have enough space to wrap rows 2 & 3.

french beaded flower brooch tutorial

7.Create the 2nd and 3rd rows as you did with the first petal.

french beaded flower brooch tutorial

8.Continue until you have made 5 petals

french beaded flower brooch tutorial

9. Bring the two ends of wire together and twist together a couple of times to tighten.

french beaded flower brooch tutorial

10.Bring the longer end of wire to the front of the flower and wire on the button. You only need go through each hole a couple of times.

french beaded flower brooch tutorial

11.Turn the flower over and wire on the brooch back in the same way as you would if using a needle and thread, using both ends of wire (you may need to use chainnose pliers if the ends are getting short). To finish, bring the wires to the front and wrap around under the button a couple of times. This way there are no spiky bits of wire on the back to catch on your clothes! Cut off any excess wire.

french beaded flower brooch tutorial

12. Use your fingers to gently shape and curl the petals upwards.

french beaded flower brooch tutorial

Let me know if you use this tutorial to make your own French beaded flower, by commenting with a link or message me on TwitterInstagram or Facebook! Happy Making!

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6 thoughts on “French Beaded Flower Brooch Tutorial

  • February 17, 2016 at 1:04 pm
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    Nice and concise tutorial. Thanks xoxo…

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    • February 17, 2016 at 5:20 pm
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      Thanks, I’m really glad you like it! Emma x

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  • June 11, 2016 at 12:32 pm
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    Having been longing on learning this, thanks dear.

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  • August 2, 2016 at 11:04 pm
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    Thankx right on time u really make my day

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  • October 29, 2016 at 1:25 am
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    I have a pile of old ornate shank buttons from a uniform…this would be a great project to show off the buttons. Thanks for the inspiration!

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