I've only posted two pictures of French Beaded Flowers, and those were finished. Now you'll get to see one from start to finish.
First off, my materials:
This is pretty much everything I need to make beaded flowers. Upper left corner is a tape measure for when I need a certain wire length or length of beads. Upper right is a simple pair of wire cutters. Lower left is a hank of beads, this is how I get most of my seed beads. They are pre-threaded on string in about 18" long strands, obviously I use more than one color for each project. I transfer the beads from the thread onto wire, the next two items going right. The white circle is a spool of blue Artistic Wire, the next is a paddle of green floral wire. Finally, a pair of hemostats. I usually like to have at least two, but currently I only have one set on me. The only "major" material I'm missing in the picture is the floral tape.
Now, let's get started. I usually make all the parts first then assemble.
I don't really remember how big the little basket is, so I just made 5 of each color tulip. These are made by twisting the wire into "continuous loops". For more information go here.
Just to give you an idea of the size of these, I cannot fit my pinky into the cup of the tulips. I'll try to make sure I have something in the final picture to give you a sense of size when it's done. I'm making this for my sister's birthday this Sunday, so I should be finishing this up Friday. I'm going to be with her all day tomorrow, so I won't have a chance to work on it, instead I'm going to work on some mini roses for Mother's day. Actually it's almost 1am, I guess it is "tomorrow".
Pattern: Mini Tulips
Flower Design: Dalene Kelly
Arrangement Design: Me
Started: April 24, 2013
Beads: 11/0 Czech Seed Beads
Wire: 26 ga. floral wire and Artistic Wire