Flowers, tree and bead bracelets
Weaving from beads is a laborious and time-consuming occupation. But what amazing, bright and unique things you can get by mastering this weaving technique!
Let's not hide, in order to understand how you can make a variety of bracelets, pendants, handicrafts and other things from the beads, you need to spend more than one hour of time and read more than one lesson on beading.
But how much joy and pride will bring your first successful piece! This activity will be useful to attract children, work with painstaking and fine material with fingertips, develops brain activity.
What is a bead and who invented it?
It is said that glassmaking originated 6 thousand years ago, in Phenicia. Even then they made glass beads, which became smaller and smaller, gradually turning into beads. The flowering of beads on our territories occurred in the second half of the 18th century, then everything was made of it - covers for household items, ornaments, purses, church ornaments, embroidered clothes and huge paintings.
In our time, bead jewelery was very popular among hippies, by the way, it was they who invented stringing beads not on a string, but on a fishing line.
Beads are small beads that have a slightly flattened shape at the holes. It can be of different sizes, from 1 to 5 mm in diameter.
Beads can be elongated, having several faces. Such beads are called glass beads; they also vary from 2 to 8 mm. Beads and glass beads have many colors and shades, there are matte and glossy surfaces. The appearance of the finished product will depend on all these details.
In order to figure out how to create a craft or jewelry made of beads, we need a little bit to prepare for this. To get started, buy a few bags of beads, select colors that match each other. In order not to be fooled with threads and needles, it is better to use an ordinary fishing line, the presence of sharp scissors will not be superfluous.
To make the weaving comfortable and not present unpleasant surprises, follow some simple rules.
You should not take too long of the original fishing line or thread.You will easily get confused in it and all the work you have done up to this point will go down the drain.
When you string beads on a fishing line, then pay attention to how the beads lie - they should not cling tightly to each other, but they should not hang too much. Otherwise, the product will either not have a clear shape, or, conversely, will wrinkle and curl from strong tension. Find a middle ground.
To begin with, let's try to make a light bead bracelet, without going into complex and intricate patterns. If you are new to this business, they will simply be beyond your power. Practice on lighter models, eventually moving on to complex and unique weaving patterns. And, by the way, not always everything that is wildly complex is the most beautiful.
Strung on the line 4 beads in a row. We pass the end of the fishing line in the first bead, forming a ring. After that, we pick up 2 more new beads on the line and skip the end of the line through the 2nd bead from the previously collected ones, that is, to the side in the educated ringlet. We collect on the line 2 more beads and pass it through the sixth bead. Such simple actions are repeated until we get a thread of a certain length.
Patterns for bracelets can come up with their own.For this, it is better to put a picture on paper and paint the beads in the desired color to make sure that the colors match. Moreover, having such a scheme before your eyes, it will be easier for you not to get confused while weaving.
Beads allow you to create not only unique and bright decorations for yourself, but also stylish and unusual elements of decor for your home. For example, beaded trees look very interesting, especially if they repeat their real brothers in miniature. For example, try to make a blossoming sakura.
To create a tree you will need:
- pink beads of two shades (50-60 g),
- green beads (10 g),
- wire thread
Let's start with the branches. All the beads are mixed in one saucer, take the wire. It should be 60-70 cm long, depending on how long you want the tree. We mark at each edge 15 cm and proceed. We collect the beads, laying it out so that all colors are mixed, green should be less. At a distance of half a centimeter we knit loops consisting of 5 beads.
They should form small loops that are fastened with twisted wire.After the leaves have formed, fold the wire in half and twist it, forming a single branch, reaching the mark of 15 cm, stop twisting. In the same way we prepare another 50-60 of these blanks.
After all the blanks are ready, we divide them into 9 groups, we twist each branch of the groups together, forming large branches. The resulting 9 branches are twisted together, straightening the main and crown and auxiliary branches.
After the finished tree is in your hands, we wind up the trunk and branches with a thread. In order for the tree to be sustainable, it can be strengthened in plaster or on a special stand.
How to make flowers?
Flowers from beads are already more difficult products. They may not work the first time, but do not despair.
You will need beads for a stalk, leaflets and the bud itself. With the help of the wire, as in the last lesson, we begin to weave leaves. Beads are woven in rows - 1,2,3,4,3,2,1 beads.
It is necessary to make 5-6 such leaves. Next, create flower petals, the technique is the same, but now we will have 8 rows, and beads: 1,2,4 and so, increasing each time by 2, up to 14 beads.The last, ninth row, acts as an edging, we string 9 beads on each end of the wire and pass the wire through the first row, make a knot. Only 5 petals wove. After the petals and leaves are ready, put the flower together.
Straighten each leaf, give the petals the desired shape. We insert each petal into each other, forming a rose. We twist the ends of the wire at the bottom, forming a stem. When the bud is ready - in the same way we attach the leaves, dropping them under the petals. Dream up with the leaves, see what a real flower looks like, so you quickly get closer to the ideal.
If the verbal descriptions of lessons seem too difficult to you, then try to watch video tutorials on this topic, of which there are quite a few on the Internet.
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