Hello there my friends! I've been a little delinquent in posting as of late. But no worries, there hasn't been much to write about - until today! About a month back a lady in our French Beaded Flower Facebook group posted this picture of a beaded leaf made using an odd technique.
There was much discussion in our group about how to do this technique, what sizes of beads and wire were used, and whether it was even considered French Beading at all. I've seen this used before in an older antique arrangement, but I couldn't see the details to figure out how it was made. Researching, or googling since I have limited resources, yielding very little information. But it is French Beading, just an old and not commonly used technique.
One of my friends from the group found a leaf for sale which was made with this technique, so she purchased it and after inspecting it, forwarded it to me so I could take a peek! Here are some pictures of that leaf. It doesn't appear to be as well constructed as the leaf above, but at least the method is clearly seen.
I noticed while inspecting the leaf that the maker only wrapped the wires once around the outer edges, and thus some of the wires were coming loose. I'm not sure how old this leaf is, but perhaps it's just been around a while and has taken a beating. But either way, I decided to wrap twice for extra security. :)
Since this technique was the topic of such a hearty debate on the Facebook group, I decided that I would blog about my findings and share a little tutorial on how to make similar leaves. At the moment I am unaware of a specific name for this method, so I will just refer to it as the Antique Technique until someone corrects me.
You can view the tutorial Here!
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