I designed this class to accomplish three things: learn three foundational techniques: the "basic frame"; continuous loops & doubled continuous loops; and crossover loops. Everything else is pretty much a variation on those. Secondly I wanted the project to be fun and easy for lampworkers unused to working with small seed beads, a goal considerably helped by the fact that the beads are worked on a single length of wire that acts as its own needle, support and shaping; in effect french beaded flowers is a form of wire-wrapping in which the beads ride along the wire as a decorative covering. Finally, I wanted to make the project somewhat relevant to lampworking, which I did both by using a lampwork bead as the center, and bent mandrels (all beadmakers always have a plentiful assortment of those:) for the stem wire.
Perhaps the simplest part of the project is to make the leaves, which are constructed with crossover loops; then the ruff, and sepal, with continuous and doubled continuous loops respectively; and finally the petals, which are "round bottom" "pointed top" basic frames: the wire wraps around a central strand to achieve this larger component.
photography 12nov08, post 21jan09
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