Sunday, 6 January 2013

A is for APPLE FLOWERS!

HAPPY NEW YEAR one and all!
2013 is now upon us and the festivities,
gastronomic glutony and over-spending
has all died down ... and we're back to
tightening our belts and settling back
into a routine with new aspirations and
goals to fulfill for the coming year!

(Well, that's the theoretic intention at least!)


















So get your pliers out, plus a selection of
beads and 0.4mm wire and have a crack
at an old project of mine.  It's a basic 'flower'
tiara decoration, which can be adapted with any
sized beads to be scaled up or down to
create earrings, necklace, bracelet, rings, etc...
Have a go at this:
'APPLE FLOWER' BRACELET 


















1. I threaded 6 x 4mm beads onto the end of some
0.5mm purple coloured spool of wire. (However, the
size of beads is your choice and 0.4mm silver- plated wire 
works just as well!)

 
















2.  Bring the end of the wire around to create a beaded
circle, crossing the wires over where they meet.

 
















3.  Pull the end of the wire across the centre of the 
beaded circle and and thread a further bead onto the
end (to fill the central space).

  











 


4.  Push the bead into the centre and secure in place,  
by threading the end of the wire over the outer circle 
of beads. Pull both projecting ends tight in opposite 
directions to form your very first 'Apple Flower' unit!

 






5.  Cut the wire 
from the spool, 
leaving a tail of 
about 4-5 cms ...

















6.  Use the tips
of your round nosed
pliers to create a
double wrapped
loop or link and 
cut off any excess 
wire with your cutters.

Neaten the end.





  











  

7.  Repeat, on the opposite side of the unit  
to create another double wrapped loop. 














8.  To make a bracelet, create about 6 more Apple-Beads 
following steps 1-7.






9.  Connect

your Apple
Flower units 
together
using jump 
rings and 
attach a clasp
at one end to
create a 
necklace or 
bracelet chain.








 

















Et voila!  An APPLE FLOWER BRACELET!!



















Or ... try making some EARRINGS following the
same tutorial.



... and what about
a matching ring?

Make it with 8mm
beads for an eye-
catching statement!




Or ... use more beads for a fancy decorative ring!
 




  





I used a similar technique for my 'Flower Power'
Choker in my 'Wire and Beaded Wedding' 
book, pages 57-59 and wired the Apple Flower units
onto a choker frame ... see below ...















































I HOPE THAT'S PROVIDED 
YOU WITH SOME NEW YEAR 
INSPIRATION!

... so get those beads rolling in 
2013!!! 




























9 comments:

  1. Thank you for new inspirations, Linda :)!

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  2. Always welcome! Happy New Year Jaana! :D

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    1. Thanks :)! Happy new year to you too!

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    2. Thank you! I think I can do this :-D Happy new year x

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  3. I love it. I have been tidying my bits and pieces and this is on my new project list. xx

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    1. Brilliant! Enjoy experimenting with this project ... it works scaled up or down with any beads of your choice! :D

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  4. Great looking pattern! Going to try and see what I come up with!
    GLenda - SpikeyRose Jewellery

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    1. Just play with the idea and make it your own! I would love to see your experiments! :D

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