I had a custom order for a french beaded Rose hair comb made in light ivory and dark green.
Each petal is edged with sparkle white beads, and there are three leaves on each side. It is quite a bit heavier than my usual hair pieces. The flower had to be mounted on the top of the comb instead of the front to help balance out the weight. I'm sure it will still require some teasing, hairspray and bobby pins to anchor it securely, but I really like it!
After I finished my Wild Roses, I jumped right in to my next custom order, which was for a mini beaded rose vine. I've posted pictures of the sample vine I made for my customer before. But my customer wanted a very dainty vine. So I had to shrink the flowers and leaves and spread them out a bit. The large roses in the sample were somewhere around 1 1/2 inches wide. She wanted ones around 2/3 inch. The problem with that is that I usually use size 11/0 seed beads, and it's difficult to make tiny pieces without them looking... pixelated? Sorry, I can't think of a better term for it. Basically, you lose definition the smaller you go. Luckily, I was able to find size 15/0 seed beads in the colors she wanted - red and light peach. So I could make tiny beaded roses that actually look like roses and not just a mass of beads. I'm just glad I have tiny fingers or it would have been difficult to twist the tiny little loops.
Those are the peach roses I made for this project. I actually ended up with more than I needed. Better than having too few.
I won't be offering this particular vine for custom order in my shop. Simply because I personally prefer the sample piece with larger roses and more leaves. But that's just me. So, sometime soon I hope to make up a vine like that and then that style will be available.
Next on my custom order list is a French Beaded Rose hair comb made in ivory. But the wire I need is still a couple days out. So I will probably take a much needed break until then.
Last night I officially finished the first of a growing list of custom orders. This piece is a bouquet of beaded flowers modeled after a cultivated type of Wild Rose.
I took some pics of individual stems so I could make a "made to order" listing in my Etsy Shop.
This was a very fun project and I am very pleased with the result. I hope my customer will be as well!
Tonight I begin work on a mini rose vine!
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Hello everyone! I am Lauren Harpster, the designer behind Lauren's Creations. I am a 28 year old wife, and a mother to three adorable little kids. I've been making French Beaded Flowers for six years now, and teaching French Beading through my website for about four years. I hope you'll join me on my blog so you, too, can Learn the Art of French Beading.