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Beaded Wire Craft Ideas


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August 1, 2012
Bead and Wire Butterfly

Approximate Time: 30 minutes

Supplies:

  • 26 gauge (or less) craft wire or floral wire
  • 16 blue 1/2 inch bugle beads
  • 28 blue E beads
  • 2 black seed beads (for eyes)
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Instructions:

Cut your wire 36 inches and find center. String 3 E beads, then 1 black seed bead, then another E bead, then 1 black bead. With the end of your wire you will then go back through the 3 colored beads, so you have the 'eyes' on top. Make sure you are at center of the wire, then pull wire snug. Bead and Wire Butterfly - in process

 

Now you are ready to start the first set of wings on the R side. Take the end of the wire and string 1 E and1 bugle, 1 E, and 1 bugle, 1 E and 1 bugle, then the last E bead and bugle. You will now have a total of 8 beads for each per wing. Bead and Wire Butterfly - in process

 

Now with the end of wire, go back through the first very starting E bead. This will be your upper wing. Bead and Wire Butterfly - in process

 

For the lower wing do the same procedure. Do the same for L side set of wings also. Bead and Wire Butterfly - in process

 
Bead and Wire Butterfly - in process
 

Now you are ready to start the body. String on 3 E beads, and bring the opposite side wire through these 3 beads and pull snug and make even. Bead and Wire Butterfly - in process

 

Next string on 2 with the wire, then string 1, then twist the wire 2-3 times at the bottom of the very last bead. You will have plenty of wire to place your butterfly into floral arrangement. Adjust the wings carefully into nicely shaped wings. Voila! You are finished!

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July 28, 2010

I am looking for instructions to the wire bead trees. My mom use to make them with the tri beads and wire. She would twist the limbs then twist them into a tree trunk.

By Karen from Riverside, CA

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July 28, 20100 found this helpful

Don't know if this is what you are looking for, but here is a tutorial.
kimberlychapman.com/.../bftreetutorial.html

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July 29, 20100 found this helpful

This is similar to what Fortunately has already posted, but it's a video. The creator has lots of other nice video tutorials, too!
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