Basic Method Technique
1. Begin by stringing your beads onto the wire (about 7 feet).
NOTE: For this pattern there will be 2 colors that are used so string the bead color #1 which is the main body color.
2. Push the beads down the wire until you have about 2 feet of bare wire showing at the top.
3. Count 5 beads on the wire and push them up towards the top, this will be your basic bead row. Be sure to leave a couple of inches of bare basic wire. Hold the wire just below the beads and with your other hand create a loop. bring the wire back up towards the piece that you are holding and twist the wires together several times. Remember to keep the 5 beads on top of the twist. You now have a basic loop.
Note: I always take the tip of the basic wire and create a small loop so that my beads do not fall of when I am working.
Now to start beading.
1. You need to take the spool wire and beads and pull them up nice and flush with the top of the basic bead row. make one full twist with some bare wire and bring it back down towards the basic loop. It should look like this.
Excuse my diagrams I am not a drawing artist. but this is what it should look like. This would be considered a 5 bead basic 3 rows.
Note: Make sure that you keep the basic wire straight at ALL times or it will be crooked!
If you want to create a slight point which is required for this specific pattern just make sure that when you go to loop around the basic wire to do it at a 45 degree angle.
1 hank of bead color #1 (main color)
1 hank of bead color#2 (stripes)
1 spool of 24g craft wire
1 pearl (optional)
1 hair barrette
Pair of wire cutters
pair of pliers
French beaded Butterfly Hair Barrette
Large Wings (pointed top, Round bottom)
Make 2- 5 bead basic, 13 Rows
1. complete rows 1-7 using color #1 beads
2 Measure 1.5ft. of wire and cut from the spool
3. For rows 8-9 add 13 beads of color#1
4. Add 2 beads of color #2 and then 2 beads of color #1 repeat this pattern until you have reached the top of row 8
5. continue the same pattern as you go down row 9 until the it is level with the other side. Finish the row using bead color#1
6. Repeat the steps 4 and 5 for rows 10 and 11 however, you may need to add or subtract some beads. The goal is to make the stripes line up with one another.
7. Once you have completed row 11, add 16 beads of color #1, then finish the row by adding bead color #2. continue using the color #2 beads on row 13 until they match up with the opposite side. Then use color #1 to complete the row. Twist all of the wires together.
make 2-5 bead basic 9 rows (pointed top, pointed bottom)
1. Using bead color #1 complete rows 1-5
2. measure 12in of wire and cut from spool
3. For rows 6&7 add 8 beads of color #1 and then add 2 beads of color #2, 2 beads of color #1 and so on until you have reached the top of row 6 continue this pattern for row 7 until the stripes match on the opposite side. Finish row 7 using bead color #1
4. For Rows 8-9 add 8 beads of color #1 and then finish row 8 using the bead color #2, continue using bead #2 for row 9 until the #2 beads match up on opposite sides. Finish the row using bead color #1.
5. Twist all wires
Assembling your Butterfly
1.Start by triming all wires to 1/4 in and bend then back on the wrong side of the wings (the ugly side)
2. Take one large wing and one small wing, Using your E6000 glue add a dap on the wrong side of the large wing and connect the small wing to it to form 1 half of the butterfly. ( align them up before adding glue so you know where to position it). Do the same for the other wings. Set aside to dry.
3. After they have fully dried take your hair barrette and a marker and mark the center of the barrette. add a good size amount of glue on the barrette and apply the wings on to it. ( having a fan comes in handy as E6000 glue take a little while to dry) once it has become tacky enough not to fall of lay it upside down and let it finish drying. Try to keep the wing halfs as close together as possible.
4. OPTIONAL: If you want to add a little elegance to your butterfly you can add a swavorski crystal or peal to the center of the butterfly just take a small amount of E6000 glue and put it in the middle of the butterfly and with a pair of tweezers. grab the bead and gently place it in the glue.
5. Let dry and it is done!
This is what it should look like!