Beading / Jewelry

Beaded Orchid

Create this handmade beaded orchid that will never wilt and last all year round.
for  Cousin Corp.

20"

materials

Ivory 6/0 e-beads, three packs
Green silver-lined 6/0 e-beads, three packs
Light yellow AB 14 mm shamballa beads, 1 pack
Silver wire, 24 gauge
Plastic floral stem
Flowerpot
Green floral tape
Green floral coiled wire
Glass marbles

tools

Wire cutters
Flat nose pliers
Bead mat

basic supplies

Ruler

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1. Thread 20” of ivory beads onto wire without removing wire from spool. Create 4” loop at end of wire, leaving 4” tail as shown. Twist wire to secure position. Thread four ivory beads onto wire tail as shown.   

2. Slide six beads from 20” of strung ivory beads alongside four beads strung on tail of wire so there are no gaps. Hold beads securely in place and tightly wrap working wire around tail wire as shown. 

3. Continue to add lengths of beads to sides in same way until there‘s a total of eight rows. Cut 4” loop as shown and string ivory bead through two wire ends.

4. Add two more rows of ivory beads, making sure there are enough beads to snuggly surround other rows. You should have a total of 10 rows.

5. Secure working wire to tail by twisting wires together tightly. Trim working wire the same length as tail. Thread two wires at top of petal back through underside of petal and trim excess wire. Repeat Steps 1-5 for second large petal. 

6. For medium petals, repeat Steps 1-5 but start with seven beads for a total of six rows. Make three medium petals.

7. For small petal, thread 15” of ivory beads onto wire without removing wire from spool. Create 4” loop at end of wire, leaving 4” tail. Twist wire to secure position. Thread four ivory beads onto wire tail.

8. Slide six beads from the 15” of strung ivory beads alongside seven beads strung on tail of wire so there are no gaps. Hold beads securely in place and tightly wrap working wire around tail wire.

9. Continue to add lengths of beads to sides in same manner until there‘s a total of four rows. Cut 4” loop and string ivory bead through two wire ends to create one small petal.

10. Secure working wire to tail by twisting wires together tightly. Trim working wire the same length as tail. Thread two wires at top of petal back through underside and trim excess wire.

11. Cut an 8” length of wire and thread nine ivory beads. Fold wire in half with beads in center. Tightly twist two wire tails together to secure beads for smallest petals. Repeat for a total of two smallest petals.

12. Cut an 8“ length of wire and thread one light yellow shamballa bead. Fold wire in half with bead in center. Tightly twist two wire tails together to secure bead for flower center.


13. Arrange two large petals, three medium petals, one small petal, two smallest petal and flower center as shown. Twist tails together to secure in place.

14. Repeat Steps 1-13 two more times to create two more orchid flowers.

15. For large leaf, thread all but 40 beads from one pack of green silver-lined beads onto silver wire without removing wire from spool. Create 4” loop at end of wire, leaving 10” tail. Twist wire to secure position. Thread remaining 40 green silver-lined beads onto wire tail.

16. Slide beads from working wire alongside 40 beads strung on tail of wire so there are no gaps. Hold beads securely in place and tightly wrap working wire around tail wire.

17. Continue to add lengths of beads to sides in same way until there are 11 rows.

18. Secure working wire to tail by twisting wires together tightly. Trim working wire the same length as tail. Thread two wires at top of leaf back through underside of leaf and trim excess wire.

19. Repeat Steps 15-18 for medium leaf but only work 10 rows. Repeat Steps 15-18 for small leaf but only thread 20 beads onto tail of wire and work 10 rows.

20. Arrange three leaves together. Twist tails together to secure in place.

21. Cut floral stem to desired length. Cut coiled floral wire to double the length of floral stem. Fold wire in half and shape it to follow floral stem length starting where furthest flower will be placed. Wrap remaining coiled floral wire around base of stem as shown. Twist tightly to secure stem and wire together. This will add support and prevent it from tipping over from the weight of beaded flowers.

22. Secure flowers to stem by tightly wrapping tails to hold in place.

23. Place stem inside flower pot and mark stem right below pot rim. Secure leaves to marked area on stem by twisting wire tails tightly around it. 

24. Wrap stem with green floral tape to hide and secure all stems and wires as shown.

25. Place stem and wire coil to bottom of flowerpot. Fill pot with marbles to hold stem in place. 

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