Intro: Tiny Tulips 3D Beaded Flowers
These are very tiny tulips great for earrings or make a few for a mini bouquet. If you are having trouble manipulating the tiny beads try using bigger ones to get the technique down then try the smaller ones.
Step 1: Materials
To do one tulip you will need
approx. 100 cylinder beads
1 medium size gold/yellow bead for center of flower
5-7 medium size green beads for stem
beading needle (found at most sewing stores)
thread in matching colour of beads
Step 2: Row 1
Thread needle with a double arms length of thread. Do not double thread. Add 6 beads
Tie into a circle
Step 3: Row 2
Add 4 beads and go into the next bead on the base ring. Do this five more time to make a complete rotation around the base ring. You should have what looks like a 6-pointed star.
After exiting the sixth bead in the base ring, run the needle through the first two beads that you added.
Step 4: Row 3
Add 2 beads and go down into the next bead on the same point. Then come up through the second bead on the next point. Add 2 more beads and continue down through the next bead. Continue and make a complete rotation. At the end of the row pass the needle through the next corner bead an the one above it. This will start to form a cup shape.
Step 5: Rows 4-6
Continue adding 2 beads the same way as in row 3. Jumping up to start a new row at the end of each rotation. Do this for 3 full rotations. Remember to hold the work so that it keeps its cup shape.
Step 6: Row 7
Add 3 beads and go down through one bead. Add 1 bead and come up through the next corner bead. Repeat this for 1 full rotation. This will make the edge of the tulip flare out and make some nice petal points.
Run the needle through a column of bead so that it is exiting one of the base beads coming up through the center of the flower. Add one medium size bead and one cylinder bead, go back down through the medium size bead and the bottom of the flower. Your thread should be at the bottom of the flower. Add a few medium size beads to make the stem adding a cylinder bead at the bottom. Run your needle up through all the medium size beads used for the stem.
Tie off your thread.
You have finished one tiny tulip!!!