Even with the finest materials and best craftsmanship, beaded flower can look stiff and artificial. Here are some tips to make French beads flowers look more real. Visit www.bestflowersbypost.co.uk before reading this.
Number 1: Vary colors.
Have you ever looked at multiple roses or any other living flowers in the same place? You might be tempted to think that they all have the exact same color. Look closer. Sometimes, there are many variations in the flower’s colors. There are often wide variations in the colors of flowers. Some blooms are lighter, others may be more mature. Others may be darker. Different shades of color can help your flowers look more authentic.
You may also be able to see how mature blooms can take on spots or add additional coloration. Use it!
Number 2 is to keep all stems narrow.
The stems of live flowers are generally smaller than the heads. Rarely do you see a “fat” stem on a bloom. This principle is important to remember when making beaded flowers.
There are many ways you can thin your stems. You can also reduce the wires in the basic loop during construction of your petals. Finish each petal by cutting the basic loop 12 inch below the last row. This wire can be straightened but not cut. This length of metal will help to stabilize the flower when it is assembled.
Another option is to wire each flower individually before taping. To do this, you’ll need to use 32-gauge Lacing Wire, or 26-gauge regular wire if it isn’t available. Add each layer of flowers to the main stemwire and wrap once more with the spiral wire. After all the petals have been added to the main stemwire wrap the spool wiring tightly and secure the bottom.
Number 3: Use tape sparingly
Floral tape should cover every visible wire but not overflow at the edges. You should stretch the tape first, and then wrap it around to only cover any visible wires.
Tape must be used on all leaf stemwires, including the ones that connect to the petals. It protects the wires as well as adding “tooth” so that finished flowers can be held together more securely. Also, the elements won’t move or fall out of the flower.
When making a complicated flower such as a large or multi-layered rose, you can lightly tape the petal wires between layers. The final flower will look elegant and professional.
Number 4 – Lace petals and leaves with a width of more than 13 row.
Perfection is found in the small details, as with many other things. If you want your larger pieces to last for years, lace them right after the construction. The worst thing about a beaded-flower flower or leaf is if it becomes stringy and misshapen through the years.
Number 5 is that the best living flowers may not always be perfect.
Take a closer look at a bunch flower bouquet. Each flower is not “perfect.” Some petal could be turning in a completely different direction from the rest. Some petals might not be there. Some may be too big or too small. You can use this information when designing your flowers. Every flower is unique.
Number 6: Use an artistic arrangement of flowers that makes them look spontaneous.
Let someone else’s spontaneity inspire you. They will look messy and won’t be perfectly arranged. Beaded flowers can be done in the same way. To allow the leaves to trail over the vase’s edge, make a “vine”-like shape. If you have a grouping of beaded-tulips, bend one downwards so the head is lower than the vase’s rim. Lilies? The Lilies? Place one rose among a group of hydrangeas. Or add a surprise color to your bouquet. Have fun!
Number 7: Mix in some unexpected materials from time to time.
Even if you are new to French beaded flowers, you don’t have to limit yourself to seed beads. Swarovski crystal beads may be used as the center of your bead. Sometimes, you might even add a lampwork bead or a Pandora-style bead. It doesn’t mean you have to duplicate nature.