Beaded Flower Encyclopedia

Everything you need or want to know about Beaded Flowers

Getting Started with Beaded Flowers



Beads

  • Size
    • Beads can be purchased loose (Japanese) or in hanks (Czech).
    • With the Japanese seed beads it's easier to string if you have a bead spinner.
    • The most commonly used size is 11/0 seed beads but other sizes work as well.
  • Colors
    • Green for leaves - lots of it. Transparent, Opaque, Crystal. Light, Medium, Dark.
    • Red, yellow, pink, and white are good colors to have on hand for flower petals.
    • Beyond that it will depend on what flower you want to make.

Wire

  • Size
    • 24, 26 or 28 gauge for most flowers but it depends on the pattern.
    • 32 or 34 gauge for lacing.
    • 16 gauge stem wire for stems. Available in 18 inch lengths.
    • See About Wire FAQ for more information.
  • Colors
    • Green - lots of green.
    • Gold Color, Silver Color, and White will work for the majority of flowers, however, it's nice to use wire that matches the color of your beads.
  • Type


Floral Tape

  • Colors
    • Green, brown, and white are the most commonly available.
      See Floral Tape FAQ

Suppliers

  • Beaded Garden sells a variety of Floral Tape
  • Floral Tape is also available in the silk flower section of your local craft stores.


Potting Supplies

  • Pots - Available anywhere that sells artificial or real flower supplies.
  • Floral Foam - Available in the silk flower section of your local craft stores.
  • Floral Clay - Used to add weight to pots and hold flowers in place.
  • Liquid illusion - This is a polymer product that hardens clear. Available in the silk flower section of your local craft stores.
  • Vases Available from anywhere that sells artificial or real flowers including florists. I find most of my bud vases at Goodwill and other thrift and resale stores for less than one dollar each. Also try flea markets, garage sales, and antique shops and sales.







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