I've always loved the French bead and wire flowers technique.  This method involves stringing a lot of seed beads on wire and then bending them at strategic spots to create petals and leaves. It is different from Victorian bead and wire style.  The latter has the beaded wires running straight across the frames.

These two tutorials on how to make bead and wire leaf tutorials use a variation of  both French and Victorian styles. Both have a central wire stem which makes the designs much better.

The first one is a French bead and wire variation where the wire is wrapped around the central stem.  Note the central stem is not obvious. This image has shown up on Pinterest and elsewhere without the right attribution. I couldn't find the source.  If you know, please contact me so I can properly credit.  The diagram is self explanatory so no translation is necessary.

Lauren Harpster of Lauren's Creations has a tutorial which shows a variation of the Victorian method. She says it is the Venetian method which developed around the same time as the Victorian one. I love how she draws the shapes first on paper to get different leaves.

Use them for beaded floral arrangements, hair jewelry, bouquets. Perhaps even statement necklaces?

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