Flower Burst Spring Necklace

Flower Burst Spring Necklace

Use Pip beads and the simple bead-weaving technique of right angle weave to create this fun Flower Burst Spring Necklace!

Pip bead right angle weave 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! Read more

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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! Read more

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Tutorial – Easter Bunny Shrink Plastic

I had been playing around with Adobe Illustrator a few months ago and one of the shapes I created was this cute little bunny rabbit. I was just going to give away the PDF shape as a pattern for embroidery or applique but then got the idea for a shrink plastic project!  I love shrink plastic, you can create such amazing things and using the bunny template you can make a magnet or necklace!

Shrink Plastic EAster Bunny Rabbit Necklace Tutorial

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