Hello everybody! Thank you to everyone who has purchased my French Beaded Magnolia Pattern since I published it last week. I hope you are enjoying it. I've had a few people ask about white wire, so I thought I would go ahead and add this little note to help anyone else who may have the same questions.
The best white wire that I’ve found is made by Parawire. However, their 24g Ultra White and Antique White wires are a little softer than other 24g wire (it feels like 26g to me), which works nicely for small petals. I managed to use it for the Magnolia, but it was a little outside my comfort zone. If you prefer using stiffer wire for larger petals try using Parawire’s 22g Antique White wire paired with an opaque finished white bead in size 10/0 (I like opaque chalk white luster) as the off-white wire will show through and discolor pearl or translucent beads. I recommend the size 10/0 seed beads simply because the 22g wire is thicker and takes up more space inside the beads, which leaves less room for lacing wire to fit between beads. So if you use size 11/0 beads with the 22g your lacing wire will show on the front of your petals. I also use their 32g Antique White wire to lace white petals as it blends in with the white beads better than any other color on the market. I do hope they plan on making 22g and 32g Ultra White wire soon... that would be amazing!
You can purchase Parawire's wire directly from their website www.parawire.com but they do have a $25 minimum. If you want to order smaller quantities you can also find their wire at Lima Beads and Fusion Beads.
If any one does have any questions about my tutorials and patterns, please don't be shy! I am more than happy to help if you encounter any issues.
Alrighty, now for the update on my current project. Last time I talked about my Sunflower wall hanging, I showed you the beaded frame I constructed for it. However, since then I had a flash of inspiration and I don't think I will be using the frame on this project. I will save it for another one as I have many ideas for framed pieces.
Now my Sunflower piece will be a wall bouquet, and I think it's going to turn out really wonderful. I'm so excited.
Here is how far I have progressed at this point. I have one of the two large Sunflowers finished, and I have assembled some fern leaves and Fiddle Head Ferns (the brown swirlies) along with a couple generic leaf sprigs. Next I will be working on the second large Sunflower and two mini Sunflowers. I'm planning on also including some mini white Daisies. So, I'm looking at another 2-3 weeks before I'm done with this one. Can't wait to hang it up in my living room!
After I finish this piece I will be making another large Sunflower in the form of a standing sculpture for my Etsy Shop. I really need to add more flowers to my shop to reflect my newer designs, as most of what I have now is accessories and made-to-order flower stems. So my focus for the next few months will be adding more ready-made flowers and decor into my shop. :)
Just wanted to take a moment and share a little celebration here - my Facebook page took a major jump this week as over 1,100 new people decided to follow my page! Before this week the record number of new "Likes" in one week was 46, so I'm completely blown away. It was pretty wild. The greatest feeling an artists gets is seeing their work admired, so I do greatly appreciate the encouragement and kind compliments I have received from those who follow my Facebook Page and read my Blog. You guys are truly amazing!
It's here! The PDF for my French Beaded Southern Magnolia Pattern is now available in my Pattern Shop.
Difficulty Rating: Intermediate
The PDF spans 21 pages and contains over 30 high quality pictures along with detailed written instructions to guide you in making your very own beaded Magnolia.
This is not a full Tutorial as it does not teach every technique needed. You will need to have some familiarity with the following French Beading Techniques to finish your Magnolia.
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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