I've been talking about making a free beaded daisy tutorial all month, and I finally decided that I just need to sit down and do it. It took just almost all day to make this tutorial project, so I do hope it is enjoyed. I decided to make it a full tutorial, detailing each step in the process, instead of just a pattern. I chose to do a Daisy because it incorporates most of the techniques that I've shown in my tutorial series, but then I realized that most people haven't been following that series, so I made it for the ultimate beginner who may be stumbling across my site for the first time. Those of you who have been practicing with my tutorials should be able to just read the pattern parts. :)
While making the Daisy I took around 150 pictures of all the steps. Then I got to go through and pick out the best ones, edit them, and then write the tutorial and edit that as well. I posted it last night in my tutorial section! Click here for the tutorial.
If you use my tutorial to make any Daisies, I'd love to see pictures! You can share them on my Facebook Page! Feel free to leave comments below with any questions or feedback!
Wow! It's been over a week since I updated here. I've been in an accessory mood lately, and following along with my Orchid Challenge for May, I've made a few more Orchid hair pieces.
First up is a hair comb made in red and gold, modeled after the Phalaenopsis Orchid. I embellished it with Swarovski Pearls.
I thought about making a headband, and I might still. But I really wanted to get started working on the potted Cymbidium I've been planning. Here is what I have for that so far. Still to make are the orchid throats, some buds, and a couple more leaves.
Yesterday I took a break from that project to make a Cymbidium hair clip. I was able to finish it earlier today! I'm very happy with how it turned out. This one is a large-sized flower, almost 4 inches wide!
I'm hoping to do another hair comb with two smaller cymbidiums. :) I was going to make a potted Phalaenopsis (Moth) Orchid as well, but I'm really enjoying making accessories. Oh, and I want to make a larger single Phalaenopsis hair clip as well. Maybe two, one in white, and one in black! AHHH! Too many ideas! I'm running out of time! And I still need to make a full tutorial for Daisies. :S It's going to be close this month!
Next month I'm doing Roses, by the way. :)
I think I've mentioned this before, but I've been going back and forth, deciding whether or not keeping my Zibbet shop will be worth my time. I do love the idea of Zibbet, and there are some very friendly people there. But I set up my shop last October and have had very few sales. There is little internal traffic, which means that I have to pull in my own customers with a very large amount of promotion. I'm a mommy. Both my kids are at home with me all day and they are completely crazy little boys. My time for promotion is not guaranteed and I've been struggling lately with finding enough time to do everything and still have success. That, along with some of the changes coming in their long-awaited rebuild, I may not be able to keep my shop there. If I do keep it, I will likely remove all my handmade items and just use it to sell patterns and tutorials. (I'm hoping to have my first ones available this summer). We'll see. Zibbet may just not be a good fit for me. :( But I am taking a break for a little while so I can work it all out. My time is spread so thin, and watching my shop fail despite all my hard work is just depressing.
Here is my completed Bonsai! This little tree will be keeping my husband company at work. :) I found a cute little dollhouse bench that I wanted to put under it, but it turns out it was too big in relation to the tree, so it will be saved for a later project. I have a cool idea for it, which I will keep to myself so it can be a surprise later. Muahahahaha.
I was fortunate to receive a custom order on Zibbet for a Pansy brooch. So I'll be working on that for a few days before jumping back in on my Orchids. :)
Last time I showed you guys my French Beaded Pansies, and I added a couple pics at the end of some works in progress.
I finished the necklace:
I really do love it and I'm very excited for this new branch. Most certainly I will be making many many more of these. In fact, I already started a new one.
Here's what I have so far:
It's likely that the components will be moved around a bit, since I'm going to be adding in a couple of off-centered sparkly white and gold Orchids on one side.
I had a minute earlier this week, so I worked up a couple of wedding hair pin sets. One of them follows with May's Orchid theme.
Now, for my Husband's Anniversary Gift. It was going to be a Weeping Willow, but it was being a brat and I was having some issues. Here's a bad angle of what I had.
I was worried I wouldn't finish in time, so I switched to a Cherry Tree Bonsai. It's not finished quite yet. I need one more section of branches, then I'm going to go back in and add more branches where it needs more fullness. Then I can pot it.
Last night my brain wouldn't let me sleep. It happens sometimes. I didn't fall asleep until after 5 am. But, I did manage to think up a few new ideas! And a few easy improvements for what I already make - which I'm actually surprised I didn't think of before. For a while I've been thinking about a new name for my little business, and I figured out a couple of ideas for that last night. I thought they were really great until my husband said they were "just okay". *SIGH*
At the end of April I started having some issues making my fingers make more Daisies, so I decided to try a smaller project that I've been wanting to do for a while.
The Pansy's name comes from the French word "pensée" which means "thought". Thus the Pansy flower is considered a symbol of remembrance.
I had a few failures while I was trying to figure out the best way to make the heart shaped petals, getting the color patterns right, and then making the most realistic sizing for the smaller petals. While researching, I discovered that there are a couple of different types of leaves. I decided to use larger frilly leaves to fill in space and add more green. And also because every other french beaded pansy I've seen uses those thinner grass-like leaves, and I wanted to be different.
I also had a few failures as I was trying to pot them. I thought since they were smaller flowers that floral foam might work, which would also result in a potted plant that wasn't too heavy. It didn't work. The flowers just spun around in the foam... So I turned to floral clay, which I've used successfully on many occasions. But for some reason, it didn't want to hold the pansies either. So... I decided to use plaster. Of course, holding that many separate stems still while the plaster set was a problem. Silly me decided to use a small piece of stiffer foam in the very bottom to hold the pieces in place. Then I found out that foam floats in plaster. So I got to hold it down for a good 20 minutes while it set. Still easier than tying down each piece. :)
Here are a few sneak peeks into what I'm working on this week:
I started a necklace last week, and I'm currently waiting on a shipment of the final pieces I need to finish it. I might make another one with Orchids, since the Orchid is May's Flower of the Month.
My 6th Wedding Anniversary is on the 10th, and I wanted to make something special for my husband. So I'm making him a beaded Bonsai tree. I'm hoping it will look like a Willow Tree when I'm done. I've never made a Bonsai before, and I don't know how many of these droopy willow branches I'll need, but they work up fairly quickly, so I think I'll be able to finish in time.
If I need a break from making willow branches, I will start playing around with shapes and sizes for Cymbidium and Phalaenopsis Orchids. :)
I'm working towards doing a full project tutorial near the end of the month, so I need to teach the basic techniques used in the flower I'll be showing. Once I've finished one free project tutorial, I will be starting to make patterns for my other flowers, which will be available for purchase. So... hopefully in June I'll be able to take pictures and write up a full pattern or two. Yay! I'm very excited. :)
Today I've posted a tutorial on the Beehive Basic Frame! Used for flower centers... acorn tops... etc. Enjoy!
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.
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