French Beaded Flowers – Lesson 2 – Bead Spinner, Basic Frame


Hi, welcome to my second lesson on making French beaded flowers In this lesson we’re going to learn how to use your new bead spinner, and I’ll also teach you the first of the four basic techniques for making French beaded flowers And the first one is called the Basic Frame So, this is the bead spinner that I have, here. And this is a pretty good quality one. So you can see they come in two pieces The better ones are made out of wood but there’s also some that you can get out of plastic I just wanted one that was a little nicer so I got this But, the first thing that you do obviously, is you fill it with beads So i’d say probably about three quarters
of the way full if you can It just makes it easier to string the beads on quicker. Then you take your paddle wire and straighten it out you want to make sure that the end
especially doesn’t have any kinks in it and then you want to try and get a little bit of a curve to it, not too much Then, the way that you string the beads on Is you put the tip of the wire sort of more at an angle into the beads and you want it to graze the top, you don’t want to stick it right down in but you want it to kind of graze the top and then you start spinning and they’ll start to go fairly quickly Don’t worry if you can’t get the technique right just at first It takes some practice And for this pattern, we’re going to want to string approximately 3 feet of beads before we start making our flower So, I’ll get that finished and then I’ll show you how to make the basic frame So, now that I have my beads strung I’m going to start on the basic frame So, you can see I don’t have 3 feet of beads on here but that’s because I’ve already made a few of the petals so this is just enough for one petal so, the first thing that you have to do is, of course, tie off the end. So I just loop it around with my finger and make sure that there’s nothing that’s
going to get off of there And I need to get some more wire from the spool Alright, so this pattern is a half-inch basic frame and what that means is that i need to
start half an inch for the middle of the petal This is what a finished petal looks like, just to compare the middle of part is always what the basic frame is and this one calls for half an inch, so we’ll bring up about half an inch usually I measure more precisely, but I don’t have my ruler right here, so I’m going to use this…need a couple more beads It’s definitely better to measure
precisely and then I hold it below the basic frame and I want to make sure that I have enough space above here to work around in a circle and make the
petal and then I leave a bit of a stem and pinch at the bottom with my right hand then you bring your hands together and make sure that you have a good grip here and do a twist you want to twist several times. Usually I leave about… again, about a half an inch of twisted wire at the bottom we then we have to make sure that this is all nice and straight again… there we go So this is the construction of the basic frame We have the spool wire coming off from the left here and it’s still attached to the spool our loop at the bottom and our middle row and we always work around this middle row Now, my pattern calls for a round bottom and a pointed top for the petal as you can see here and the way that we get that is by wrapping it at different angles So to get a round edge We wrap at a 90 degree angle and to get the pointed you wrap it at a forty-five
degree angle It may not make sense to begin with but trust me it works out in the end So, I bring my beads in and I pull them up beside the middle row I started at a 90 degree angle and at the top I’m going to wrap it at a 45 degree angle So, I just want enough beads along the side so that it lays flat against the next row I don’t want too many…that’s one too many I think…see… and then you always go from the front to the back and around to the front again So, I wrap it to the back, at a 45 and then back down And that’s my second row And then, I find it easier to turn my work around so that the wire I’m working with is always to the left of me and I bring more beads up Again, get it nice and tight to the row that you’re working against And make sure that you don’t have too many or too few beads, otherwise it won’t sit very nicely And then this time We wrap it at a 45 degree angle Sorry, a 90 degree angle. To the back, and then to the front again We keep working around that And, you’ll want to meet that eleven rows you
count the rows all the way across So, right now there’s three So we want 11 and I’ll just finish that up now, quickly so I know I said 11 rows, but what I actually meant to say was 9 Ao that’s a complete petal there And the way you finish it off is you wrap around three more times at
the bottom there’s our petal and now we have to cut it off of the basic frame So, my pattern says that I need to reduce it to one wire basically what that means is that I need
to have the stem only have one wire at the end If I wanted to have three I would cut it here and here If I wanted two I would cut it here and then here But for one, I’ll cut it here off of the spool wire and then at the edge here and straighten it out So now I’m left with one wire at the bottom And at the top I want to leave about a quarter of an inch or so and fold that towards the back And that’s it That’s my first petal with the basic frame So, that’s it for learning how to make the basic frame For the next lesson I’ll teach you how to put the whole flower together. So what you’re going to need for the next lesson is to make the last four of these petals So you’ll need five in total So that’s a half inch basic frame with nine rows with a round bottom and pointed top and then you’ll need to make one leaf So the leaf is the same as the petals. A half inch basic, round bottom, pointed top But you’ll need 11 rows, and that’s where I got confused in the last take So, have those pieces ready to go for the next lesson and make sure that you have the center color that you’ll want for your flower ready for the next lesson and all of the assembly pieces. So, the stem wire and your assembly wire and the tape And then we’ll put everything together and I’ll teach you at the end of the lesson a little bit about how to read a pattern. Alright, until next time. Bye

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