French beading is a relatively easy bead and wire technique. But it requires stringing on lots and lots of beads onto a wire spool. You can speed up all that bead stringing with a bead spinner. The wrapping of these beads is a breeze because you don't really have to count the number of beads you need. Just watch this pretty french beaded butterfly hairpin tutorial and see what I mean - Part 1 and Part 2.
The tutorial is by Fen of Bead Flora Jewels makes gorgeous French beaded bridal bouquets. I wrote about her work before.
This is a lovely largish butterfly which can also be adapted for a brooch or a pendant. Anyone willing to try this technique with much smaller beads? It will be daintier if you could.
Also consider using different approaches for the butterfly body and antennae. I would certainly try using fewer larger beads for the body. If you are going to alter the antennae, check that any redesign will not snag hair!
Before You Go:
- How to Make French and Victorian Beaded Flower Tutorials
- Easy French Beaded Flower Bobby Pin Tutorial
- Easy Beaded Barrette Uses Beading Wire and Crimp Beads
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