Yay! This is my final tutorial for this year. I'm just glad I was able to finish it. This time I've covered Spokes. I demonstrate how to use the Spoke Frame (also called Basket Weave) to make flat shapes - like circles, triangles, and squares - along with Trumpets and Domes, and Spheres! The PDF does have instructions for my Billy Ball pattern. Along with the Spoke Frame, we also talk about using another kind of Spokes with the Basic Frame to make leaves/petals with multiple points along the edges. (I had this in my recent Poinsettia Pattern as well) And... there is a new technique combo that I developed while I was searching for a way to reduce the number of stem wires for accessories. I'm pretty excited! I hope it will help.
It's a 16 page PDF, with over 50 pictures and written instructions. It covers quite a bit, since it's a very flexible technique.
Beginning in 2016 my PDF pattern and tutorial prices will increase a little. So if there's one you been wanting to get, now is the time to get it before the price goes up!
To those of you who purchased 22 gauge ultra white wire from Parawire - it has all been shipped out and you should all be receiving your wire soon! I've played with it a little bit and I do love it! It works with Czech and Japanese size 11/0 and larger beads. I'm working on some Magnolias, and then I will hopefully try out a Lotus.
I don't believe I will be posting again before the New Year, so I'd just like to thank each of you for your support through this past year! 2015 has been great, and I'm really looking forward to 2016. I wish you all Happy Holidays!
I've made plenty of roses, and I think the ones I've made thus far have been pretty good. But I never was quite happy with the shape of the petal. I needed a break from tutorials, so I decided to take a few days and try out a new technique to see if it could improve my roses.
The method I used is seen more often in beaded flowers made by Russian artists, but I'm not sure if they name their techniques. If they do, Google doesn't translate the names well. But, I've heard this technique called a Y-Frame by US artists, and that seems a fitting title. I've played with it a little before but never could get it to look right, so I practiced a little more and I think I've managed to make a nice rose! I do much prefer the shape of these petals. The technique I used allows more shaping possibilities. I think I just need to work on my center petals a little.
It's a larger sized rose! The flower head is 4.5" across. For this Rose I used Parawire's 24 gauge silver and Artistic Wire's 24 gauge green. Not sure I'll use 24g Artistic wire for larger pieces ever again because it's really soft. I'll just save it for small pieces. The beads are Toho's Silver Lined White Opal and Transparent Olive AB, and Miyuki's Silver Lined Old Rose.
I also found some time to finish some hair pieces that have been sitting on my desk waiting to be attached to combs. I think I'll make a smaller version of each as well.
If you notice in my pictures, I now have my signature, a copyright symbol and my website obnoxiously bold on my pictures. Recently I've come across several sites where many of my pictures are being reposted. That itself isn't really the issue. If you want to share my work, feel free to do so. But when you share it, please include my name as the artist. From now on all of my pictures will have those on there. For now they are in less obtrusive locations, but if they are frequently being cropped out or removed I will make them more obnoxious. I don't like feeling like I have to do this to protect myself.
For my Free Tutorials, I've seen the pictures copied and pasted from my tutorials onto other sites. I have a blurb at the end of every tutorial asking not to do this. I'm sure the people who are doing it are not trying to be malicious. Many don't know about copyright or intellectual property laws and that my pictures (even the ones in the free tutorials) are protected by them. Just because a picture is on the internet does not mean it's public property. Please know that if multiple people are reposting those images on their own sites, google may ding my website for it and I can lose my standing on search engines. Also, if a site larger than mine gets a hold of them, they can rise above me in search engines using my pictures. I am a business and I depend on those tutorials to help bring traffic to my website, and if people are constantly stealing my tutorials then they are also stealing my traffic and possibly negatively affecting my website. I love being able to provide them, and I don't want to have to get rid of them or stop doing them because I know that they've helped many people. But I've worked so hard on this website, using my own time and resources to build it from the ground up, and I don't want my own pictures used against me. If you want to share my tutorials, please do it with a link! Pin them on Pinterest, share the link on Facebook or Twitter or Google +.
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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