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Around the time Artbeads let their blogging partners know the next "challenge" is about the beauty of spring, I had just written the post about how to make French and Victorian beaded flowers. Well, I thought, that was easy (famous last words). I'll just make twisted wire beaded flower jewelry. I had fun going through their Swarovski crystal bead section.
When I spotted the Swarovski Margarita beads, I knew they were perfect for the designs I had in mind. With bicones for leaves, what could be simpler?
Ha. It wasn't as easy as I thought. My first two attempts were insipid. All wire designs meant there was too much silver - the flowers looked lost. I also made some wrong flower color choices.It was a good job I ordered a variety of bicones and Margaritas. In the end, I went with a black stone frame and black cord as you can see from my recent Etsy store listing - Swarovski Floral Bouquet Picture Necklace (Life Collection - 100% of net proceeds to cancer research).
The Swarovski Floral Bouquet in a Vase earrings (Life Collection) naturally followed. It's an original Beading Gem design!
For tutorials check out my Jewelry Making Tips
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