You’ll Love This Beading Project Book If:
- You love the look of French beading and want to give it a try
- You love floral décorand jewelry & want to incorporate beading
- You want to learn new beading techniques from Zoe L. Schneider
In French Beaded Flowers The Complete Guide by Zoe L. Schneider you’ll learn fundamental beading techniques and discover fun new French beading projects for beading a variety of flowers. Create beautiful & delicate jewelry pieces, floral arrangements, special party favors, fashionable embellishments and much more.
With clear and practical instruction, charts and spreadsheets you’ll have everything you need to try something new. Learn about the history of this popular beading style and enjoy this complete guide to every aspect of French beading. Download the eBook to your computer and you’ll get instant access to the same great content found in the print book.
In French Beaded Flowers The Complete Guide You’ll Learn:
- Beading techniques for creating floral arrangements, jewelry, party favors, embellishments and décor
- Fundamental techniques for selecting beads, colors and basic floral design
- Great information on the history of French beading, popular aesthetics, supplies, conservation and care
Check Out This Excerpt from French Beaded Flowers The Complete Guide:
Bead Stringing Techniques
There are four primary techniques used to transfer beads to wire. These techniques are individual beading, scooping beads from a tray or plate, stringing them directly from the hank or spinning them onto a wire with a bead spinner.
- Individual Beading: Sometimes, a bead is strung individually due to the number included in a pattern, which may be minimal. This is the most time-consuming bead-stringing technique. I advise avoiding this technique unless necessary.
- Scooping Beads: Scooping beads requires a tray of some kind. The surface of the tray should be smooth and there should be a 1"–2" (2.5cm–5cm) lip around the perimeter of the tray. In addition, the tray should be relatively long, so that the wire may make a long sweeping or scooping motion. This will enable multiple beads to be scooped in one sweep. The primary limitation with this method is that the tray has to be full of beads, which is costly; it is not successful with a limited amount of beads in the tray.
- Stringing from a Hank: This is the quickest method for stringing beads. To begin, release one thread from a hank. Secure the other threads in the hank with a piece of tape or an alligator clip, or the remaining threads may work their way out of the knot and beads will go everywhere. Lay the released thread horizontally on a flat surface and release some wire from the spool. Secure the rest of the wire to keep it from unraveling. Straighten the first 5" (12.5cm) of wire between two fingers. Cut the wire at a 45° angle to create a sharp tip. Then, lift the thread of the strand of beads from the table, and hold it as follows: Make a C shape with your left thumb and forefinger and curl the other fingers out of the way; use your right hand to lay the thread over your left forefinger; use your left thumb to grasp the thread at your left forefinger’s second joint. Pull the thread gently with your left hand until it is taut and has slightly lifted off the fl at surface. Take the wire in your right hand and slip it into the strand of beads. To begin, work slowly: The slower the needle glides into the beads, the more beads the wire can grab.
- Using a Bead Spinner: When beads are purchased loose, the quickest method to transfer them to the wire is with a bead spinner, also known as a bead stringer. When purchasing a bead spinner, look for one that is deep, so it can hold a lot of beads. A good bead spinner should have a very smooth bowl that will not catch on the wire or needle when beads are being strung. A smooth-spinning bead spinner prevents frustration. I recommend not using the needle that comes with the bead spinner and instead preparing a piece of wire as explained above in Stringing from a Hank to be used to string beads. Bend the piece of wire into the same shape as the needle that comes with the spinner. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to use the bead spinner.
A Word From the Author:
"The purpose of this guide is to provide a technique-based instructional approach to French beading. Prior to introducing the French beading techniques, a brief overview is included on French beading, botany and French beading materials. Next, French beading techniques are explained, each with helpful photographs and illustrations. In addition, there are new flower patterns and projects for an applied learning approach to French beading. The patterns in this book implement the bead count method and, occasionally, the measurement system." — Zoe L. Schneider
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