Use Pip beads and the simple bead-weaving technique of right angle weave to create this fun Flower Burst Spring Necklace!
I love right angle weave because it is simple to do, but really effective and allows for variation in size and shape of beads used. I’m using Czech glass Pip beads, but I imagining you could get a similar effect with magatamas, drops and dagger beads too! Their elongated shape means the beads stick out and it reminds me of blossom and the first flowers appearing on the trees!
You will need:
1.Cut a 50cm length of 0.25mm Supplemax (I’m only using black beading thread in the pics to make it easier to see!) and thread on 3 Pip beads. Position them in the middle of the thread so you have an equal length either side.
2.Add a single pip bead by taking one thread right to left through the bead and the other thread left to right. This is called a crossover bead.
3.Pull the threads tight to complete your first section.
4.Thread a single Pip bead onto each thread.
5.Then add another crossover bead as you did in step 2.
6.Before pulling the threads tight, flip the last cross over bead up towards you, so it is lying on the the bottom section of beads rather than the table.
7.Then pull the threads tight. You can see that by flipping the pip bead up, this section of the weave sits correctly.
8.Repeat steps 4 – 7 again
9.For the last section, add a single Pip bead to each thread
10.Rather than adding another crossover bead, bring the threads down and use the very bottom bead (the middle of the three we added on step 1) as your crossover.
11.Pull the threads tight and the beading will come together into a flower shape! Tie a couple of knots with each threads to secure, take the through a few beads (following the pattern) and cut off any excess. You have now made one flower!
12.Use the natural hole that is created in the centre of the flower to thread onto your necklace, although you might have to remove the end jump ring or tag to fit it through. Make just one, a cluster or even a whole necklace worth!